The floodgates on speculations of a Source 2 upgrade for 2012’s Counter-Strike have opened after multiple hints and leaks. Is CSGO 2 real, even so? What would change if there was a “Counter-Strike 2”? What we currently understand is listed below.
Throughout the past ten years, there have been a few significant modifications to CS: GO, but nothing that could be considered a true sequel. Due to the game’s good core gameplay, extensive esports community, and strong in-game digital economy, the player base has increased yearly.
A “sequel” never seemed likely for all of these reasons—why would Valve release a new version of a game that is so popular and is continuously developing? But, when executable files for “CS:GO 2” were discovered in an upgrade to the NVIDIA driver, the rumors increased. Then, a report from Richard Lewis almost surely revealed that a Counter-Strike 2 beta would be released in March.
But what will CS: GO 2 look like specifically? Because the skin economy holds millions, if not billions, of dollars worth of value, Valve would be irresponsible to wipe off the current version of CS: GO. Despite the ancient engine, players have spent endless hours improving their skills. Valve has many factors to keep in mind.
Source 2 engine for CS: GO 2?
An upgrade to the Source 2 engine would be the most obvious improvement for any future version of Counter-Strike. CS: GO is now powered by the source engine, created in 2004 but has since received updates.
It is doubtful that this will be a “new game”; instead, it will likely just be CS:GO as it is currently, but with the Source 2 engine. Think of it as a significant update to the current game. Dota 2, Artifact, Dota Underlords, and Half-Life: Alyx also utilizes Valve’s most recent engine version, Source 2, released in 2014.
CS:GO has not yet been updated to use the Source 2 engine, and Valve has not made any public announcements.
The Source 2 version of CS: GO, which would launch in the same month and include 128 tick servers and an upgraded matchmaking system, was announced on March 5 by veteran esports journalist Richard Lewis.
According to reports, the new engine would enhance optimization and graphics fidelity.
Several leaks and data analyses have revealed that Valve is developing maps for Source 2 and evaluating them as early as 2020. According to leakers, shoots, Inferno, Lake, Overpass, Shortdust, and Italy, were one of the maps with Source 2 versions as of July 2022.
It’s unclear exactly what Source 2 would do. Visual and technical advancements are coming, but Valve couldn’t risk modifying Response Strike’s gameplay too much. References to CS: GO in Source 2 were discovered in a Dota 2 update on March 7, 2023. It was discovered that Source 2 had been enhanced by adding maps, player models, cases, and sprays.
Are skins going to be erased with CS: GO 2?
No, in-game stuff, including weapons, stickers, skins, and other CS: GO accessories, wouldn’t be removed. The CS: GO economy is a crucial component of Valve’s commercial strategy; thus, deleting these products or refusing to include them in a subsequent game version would betray players’ trust and ruin millions of dollars worth of value.
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