Counter-Strike 2 Announced, Limited Test Begins Today

The new engine update will roll out this summer, and aims to overhaul every system in CS: GO.

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  • Counter-Strike 2 has been officially announced for Summer 2023.
  • After the Source 2 update, CS: GO will be called Counter-Strike 2.
  • A Limited Test for Counter-Strike 2 has begun today for selected participants.

The highly anticipated Counter-Strike 2 update for CS: GO has finally been announced. The update will officially roll out this summer and will bring a multitude of changes to the popular FPS game. The Limited Test has begun today for selected CS: GO players. After the update, CS: GO will be called Counter-Strike 2.

Amongst all the new features this engine update will bring, we got to look at a few of them. One of the key changes is the smoke grenade overhaul. Smoke grenades will now generate responsive smoke that dynamically reacts to lighting, gunfire, and explosions. The smoke will expand naturally to fill up the spaces naturally, making smoke grenades an even more key part of any tactic in the new updated version of CS: GO.

Counter-Strike 2 will also remove tick-rate-based limitations. The new engine update aims to utilize its sub-tick update architecture, which will let the server know the exact instant whenever a player makes a move. Previously, the servers updated at specified discrete intervals, causing some actions not to be processed. However, the new update removes that limitation and makes the overall Counter-Strike experience smoother.

The Source 2 update to CS: GO will also introduce overhauled maps and locations. The lighting will be drastically improved for all parts of the map. Most of the key locations in maps, such as bomb sites and spawn locations, have only received visual improvements and no changes that would heavily affect players’ game plans.

Other than these changes, Counter-Strike 2 will also be bringing UI enhancements to make the gameplay smoother for the players. The audio is also improved and more accurate to get the perfect read on your opponents. Additionally, certain objects on the map will react dynamically to explosions and incendiary grenades.

While the Limited Test will help evaluate only a few of Counter-Strike 2’s features, we’ll have to wait till the summer to check out the rest of the features this new engine update offers. Additionally, participants of the Limited Test are selected by Counter-Strike 2 development team based on multiple factors, including the participant’s recent playtime on Valve‘s official servers, trust factor, and their Steam account standing.

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Amama Farrukh is a News Reporter on eXputer who’s been passionate about playing and writing about games since an early age. As a die-hard God of War fan, she’s really into gory hack-and-slash titles that get her adrenaline pumping. She’s got a bachelor's in Business Administration and several years of experience reporting on the gaming industry. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration || Previously worked as a Freelancer || Published 100+ News Stories

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