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Counter-Strike 2 is reportedly a real thing and coming soon

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There's been a whole lot of rumours appearing lately that seem quite credible, with Counter-Strike 2 apparently due soon. It's not entirely clear if this is a full new game, or a big upgrade for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but either way it's pretty exciting for FPS fans.

One thing being pointed out is how the NVIDIA driver on Windows added profiles for "csgos2.exe" and "cs2.exe", with it even being named directly as Counter-Strike 2. NVIDIA have, in the past, accidentally let slip a number of other upcoming games that ended up being real. Alone, that wouldn't be exactly solid though.

Now we also have Richard Lewis, esports journalist and broadcaster, writing how it is in fact very real and some sources with knowledge of it came to them to verify it:

Speaking under the condition of anonymity sources with a knowledge of the game’s development told us that indeed there was a new version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on its way and that had been worked on for some time. The new version is almost certainly set to be released under the working title Counter-Strike 2 and the tentative release date for the beta is in this month of March with April 1st at the outside.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive originally launched in 2012, and it has seen many upgrades since then. Even so, that's still quite a long time for Valve to support it, and it does show its age in many ways.

While nothing is confirmed yet of course, it's still very exciting. Seems like March and April are shaping up to be very interesting months. Once I hear any more, I'll let you know.

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Linas Mar 6, 2023
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Counter-Strike holds strong because it is a time-tested formula that has been refined to perfection. If Valve wants to add or change the core mechanics, they would be taking a risk of not being received positively and driving the fans away. Making it a completely separate game would allow them much more freedom to do what they want. I just hope it does not become another Battlefield of Duty.
ShadMessa Mar 6, 2023
People are over hyping this so much. It's going to be an engine update just like if you update Unreal Engine for your code, you're just hoping things work the same with not a lot of new bugs. It's only going to improve the developers and modders/mappers experience because source 2 THAT'S IT !!!
Bogomips Mar 6, 2023
Quoting: LinasCounter-Strike holds strong because it is a time-tested formula that has been refined to perfection. If Valve wants to add or change the core mechanics, they would be taking a risk of not being received positively and driving the fans away. Making it a completely separate game would allow them much more freedom to do what they want. I just hope it does not become another Battlefield of Duty.

Agreed for Counter-Strike, but not so sure about CS:GO
A real work around built-in cheat detection/prevention and not just incorporating third party tech would be nice though (and also friendly fire everywhere!).
Eike Mar 6, 2023
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Quoting: LinasCounter-Strike holds strong because it is a time-tested formula that has been refined to perfection. If Valve wants to add or change the core mechanics, they would be taking a risk of not being received positively and driving the fans away. Making it a completely separate game would allow them much more freedom to do what they want. I just hope it does not become another Battlefield of Duty.

How I would love an experience like I had with the early CoDs, now natively on Linux...
(With a server browser, please!)
CAVR Mar 6, 2023
This very likely will only be an engine update that will make development easier, not something that will have profound consequences gameplay-wise, just like it happened with Dota 2 going from Source 1 to Source 2. As usual, people are overhyping this, then will get disappointed and will blame Valve for "underdelivering" it.
Matombo Mar 6, 2023
Quoting: LinasCounter-Strike holds strong because it is a time-tested formula that has been refined to perfection. If Valve wants to add or change the core mechanics, they would be taking a risk of not being received positively and driving the fans away. Making it a completely separate game would allow them much more freedom to do what they want. I just hope it does not become another Battlefield of Duty.

Like they did with CS:GO, and CSS before that, and CSCZ before that, and CS 1.6. Damn you CS you ruined CS! *insert Simpsons meme here*
Mountain Man Mar 6, 2023
I miss the good ol' days when Valve used to make top tier single player games.
akselmo Mar 6, 2023
CS:S was nice. Didn't have to learn bazillion shooting patterns.
Mrowl Mar 6, 2023
Quoting: Mountain ManI miss the good ol' days when Valve used to make top tier single player games.

They wouldn't have designed Half Life Alyx's ending that way, if they didn't have plans to follow up with 3. Gabe's comments in July 2021 even alluded to HL3 being in the works.
TrainDoc Mar 7, 2023
I'm sorry to throw cold water on this but we're going to be seeing a source 2 update to CSGO. We will not be seeing an actual CS 2. Valve cannot and will not abandon the massive economies of in game skins etc that CSGO and Dota 2 provide.
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