After more than ten years, Valve is apparently getting ready to reveal a new iteration of its iconic tactical game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Furthermore, a beta release might show up as early as this month. A sequel to CS:GO has been under development by Valve for a while, according to esports journalist Richard Lewis (via VGC), and it is “almost ready to go.”
He claims that the game’s first-person shooter just had a covert playtest at the studio, attended by a number of professional players who travelled to Seattle. Lewis claims that by April 1st at the latest, Valve hopes to start beta testing the game with the larger Counter-Strike community. One of Lewis’ sources told him, “The key goal is getting this out and then refining it, fixing any issues and bringing it up to the level people expect from CS.
Regarding enhancements, it is said that Source 2, the most recent version of Valve’s proprietary game engine, will be used behind the scenes in the next Counter-Strike, which will supposedly have better graphical fidelity.
😳🚨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
Lewis also claims that the game will work with 128-tick servers, bringing CS into line with Valorant and lowering latency. The matchmaking experience is also believed to have been considerably enhanced by Valve, which should reduce the community’s reliance on other services like FACEIT. When Engadget asked Valve for a response, no one at Valve responded right away.
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Although there have long been rumours that a new Counter-Strike game is imminent, there are a few reasons to give this most recent story more credence.
Lewis has a proven track record, to begin with. He published a report in 2015 that supported claims that one of the top professional CS:GO teams at the time had deliberately thrown a match.
Additionally, there is evidence to back up his assertions. Some CS:GO enthusiasts discovered evidence at the beginning of the month indicating that references to “csgo2.exe” and “cs2.exe” have been present in NVIDIA’s GPU drivers since February.
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