After rumors and speculation, Valve confirms that Counter-Strike 2 is real and coming this summer. For some lucky players, it’s coming today; a limited test for select players is available.
“Counter-Strike 2 is the largest technical leap forward in Counter-Strike’s history, ensuring new features and updates for years to come,” Valve says.
The game will be a free upgrade to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Previously earned skins will be able to be transported into the new game.
Valve also released three videos detailing some of the updates in Counter-Strike 2.
The first video goes over map improvements in the game. Valve promises that the classic maps will still have the same look at feel but have been rebuilt from the ground up. Upgrades to lighting and graphics are highlighted.
Next, Valve explains how sub-tick updates for Counter-Strike 2 improve in-game performance. The game’s server can now calculate precise actions between the tick rate. This means that there’s no more delay between user input and in-game actions. It’s a seamless experience throughout.
Finally, smoke grenades are now dynamic. They create a living, volumetric 3D objects in the world. Smoke can now react to the environment and create a more realistic experience.
A list of frequently asked questions for the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test is available online.