Valve is apparently ready to introduce a new edition of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, more than a decade after the game’s initial release. Furthermore, a beta release might happen as soon as later this month.
Valve has been working on a sequel to CS: GO for some time, according to esports journalist Richard Lewis (via VGC), and the game is “almost ready to go.”
According to him, the company recently held a secret playtest of the first-person shooter with a group of professional players who flew to Seattle. According to Lewis, Valve intends to begin beta testing the game with the larger Counter-Strike community no later than April 1st.
“The big priority is getting this out and then polishing it, fixing any bugs and bringing it up to the level people expect from CS,” one of Lewis’ sources told him.
In terms of enhancements, the new Counter-Strike will purportedly have better graphical quality thanks to a behind-the-scenes switch to Source 2, Valve’s in-house game engine.
Furthermore, Lewis claims that the game will support 128-tick servers, bringing CS in line with Valorant and reducing latency.
Valve is also claimed to have considerably improved matchmaking, which should reduce the community’s reliance on third-party services such as FACEIT. Valve did not reply promptly to Engadget’s comment request.
😳🚨With one of the latest NVIDIA Drivers a new Game Profile has been added to the NVIDIA Control Panel called "Counter-strike 2"!!
Apparently it has 2 executables:
– cs2.exe pic.twitter.com/hWsWOh4YKV
— Aquarius (@aquaismissing) March 1, 2023
Reports that a new Counter-Strike game is on the way have been circulating for years, but there are a few reasons to give this recent story more credence. To begin, Lewis has a proven track record.
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He published a report in 2015 that confirmed claims that one of the top professional CS: GO teams at the time had purposely thrown a match.
There’s also corroborating evidence to support his claims. At the start of the month, a few CS: GO fans found evidence that NVIDIA’s GPU drivers have included references to “csgo2.exe” and “cs2.exe” since February.