Counter-Strike 2: Release, gameplay, test, free

Counter-Strike 2: Release, gameplay, test, free

Counter-Strike 2 release has been officially announced. Here we tell you everything we have learned so far about the upcoming update of one of the most popular multiplayer games.

When will Counter-Strike 2 be released?

Now the release date of the game's new version is known! Developer Valve has officially announced that Counter-Strike 2 will be released in the summer of 2023. The exact date has not yet been revealed. Everything indicates that the release is very close... Valve released a new update for limited testing on June 6, and if we assume that testing will take up to a month, then most likely the game will be released in late July-August. We will update this article as new information becomes available.

Will Counter-Strike 2 be free-to-play?

Counter-Strike 2 will be available on Steam as a free upgrade to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. You can already get some idea of what's in the trailer for the upcoming release.

What happened to the maps of the game?

The game is developed on the Source 2, which makes possible a better lighting and sharper textures. "Cleaner, brighter, better,"  announced the creators of the game, referring to the overhauled maps update, which they described as "the largest technical leap forward" in the history of Counter-Strike. At the same time, the basic structure and characteristics of the maps, that fans of the game are used to, remain the same. The new rendering tools will be available to community map makers and give them new options.

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What else will be new in the gameplay?

Source 2 technology has upgraded and made all of the game's visuals more realistic, from water, fire, bullet tracers, to collision effects.

There will be a lot of smoke in the game, and it will receive fundamentally new qualities that can help players or, on the contrary, make it difficult for them to act. Bullets and smoke grenades will be able to throw out smoke, which is dynamic three-dimensional objects that interact with the environment depending on what is happening around. The smoke will move around the space in a more natural way and blend in with other smokes.

What are sub-ticks in Counter-Strike 2?

Your movement and shooting in the new game will be smoother and faster thanks to the server technology update. This became possible due to the fact that now the server operation is not based on ticks (discrete time intervals), which did not provide an instant response to your actions and gave some delay. Thanks to the new sub-tick system, servers now respond much faster to your movements, shots and hits.

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Is it possible to test the game?

To test the features of the new version and find possible bugs, the studio has created a limited test for selected CS:GO players. Players who have accumulated a solid playing time and a high Steam account rating are eligible for the test.

What platforms will Counter-Strike 2 be available for?

The sequel will initially be available only for PC this summer, and there is no word yet on when it will arrive on game consoles. As a reminder, CS:GO is available for download for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4, as well as for PC.

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