New Counter-Strike 2 Update Adds Arms Race, Maps, Weapon Case, Kukri Knife, And More

The update is among the biggest CS2 has had so far.

Story Highlights

  • Valve has released a new Counter-Strike 2 update that adds plenty of new features to the game.
  • The Arms Race mode is now available, along with two new maps and a new weapon case with a Kukri Knife.
  • The patch also tackles a variety of bugs and enhances gameplay to make the title run more smoothly.

Counter-Strike 2 has now been out for a few months, and the devs have continued to tackle bugs and bring back many features from the original. In the latest update revealed on Twitter, Valve has added the Arms Race mode after a slew of fan requests. Additionally, two new maps have been added to the game, dubbed Shoots and Baggage. If that is not enough, you can place stickers anywhere on guns instead of specific slots.

If you are unfamiliar, the Arms Race mode allows you to respawn infinitely during the round with the same mechanics players know and love. A new weapon case dubbed “Kilowatt Case” has also been added that features the all-new Kukri Knife with original finishes as a rare item. The rest of the case is filled with 17 community-designed weapon finishes. Various bug fixes and tweaks were also done to the weapon finishes.

Besides the ability to put stickers anywhere, each weapon can now support up to five stickers. It will allow you to customize guns in any way possible. A handy zoom feature has also been added to allow you to view the weapon while adding the stickers. Lastly, the stickers also got tweaked, and some bugs were fixed in the process. The bug fixes and changes in audio and networking can be viewed below.

The new Counter-Strike 2 update fixes a variety of audio and networking-related issues.
The new Counter-Strike 2 update fixes a variety of audio and networking-related issues.

Zeus is now reusable in all game modes after a 30-second recharge delay. Valve has also enhanced the visuals by improving the smoke rendering and animation in Counter-Strike 2. It will now cast shadows and feel more natural. Moreover, player collisions have been fixed, and a “refund all” button has now been added to the buy menu.

There have been quite many map-specific and miscellaneous bug fixes related to UI and the like. I suggest checking out the official patch notes for those who are interested in reading every single change.

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Counter-Strike 2 came out to critical reception for PC on September 27, 2023. Past rumors have also hinted at a mobile release since the sequel dropped. eXputer’s Asad Ahmed has reviewed the famed FPS shooter with a fair 3.5/5 score, dubbing it a title “that undermines Valve’s reputation.” Despite a slew of new content and visual improvements, a lack of crucial features and the onslaught of bugs have made some players upset.

For players seeking to get into Counter-Strike 2 as a newbie, I recommend you read our Best Loadout and Crashing on PC Fixed guides to ensure a smooth sailing experience.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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