Release & Tests
Counter-Strike 2 is official, and for some, it’s coming today. In a post on Twitter, Valve writes that a limited test for CS2 is starting today, which it describes as an “overhaul to every system, every piece of content, and every part of the C-S experience.” A website for the game describes it as “the largest technical leap forward in Counter-Strike’s history” and promises years of updates and new features.
The full game is expected to release in summer 2023, according to the game’s FAQ. It will be free to play. But while we wait, some lucky few already have their hands on a super limited test run.
CS2 is based on Valve’s Source 2 engine and includes updates to some of the game’s core mechanics, including improved smoke grenades and “sub-tick updates” that Valve says will let “servers know the exact instant that motion starts, a shot is fired, or a ‘nade is thrown.” (A video also appears to show someone clearing grenade smoke with another grenade.) The game will also have revamped maps, better visuals, UI enhancements, reworked audio, and more.
We should have more information soon about community servers and what this means for you when choosing to host with Achievement In Motion. Pricing and available package structures will be announced once Valve makes a formal announcement. Stay tuned for more information.