March 22nd 2023.
Valve has recently confirmed that Counter-Strike 2 is real and will be released this summer, along with a beta beforehand. This was a surprise to Counter-Strike players as Valve released three separate trailers for the game. This was expected due to a trademark, datamines, and a report from an insider. The trailers give us an idea of what the game looks like and that it will be powered by the Source 2 engine. The maps will be 'cleaner, brighter, better' and the tick rate will be improved. Smoke grenades will also be more interactive, such as being able to part when bullets are fired through them and fill up nearby spaces. (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
Valve has verified that Counter-Strike 2 is a reality and will be launching this summer, with a beta preceding that. Even though everyone was expecting it, Valve still managed to surprise Counter-Strike gamers by unexpectedly releasing three trailers for Counter-Strike 2. Although there were numerous clues that Valve was getting ready to declare a sequel due to a new trademark, datamines, and an insider's report showing its existence, these trailers mark the first real glimpse at the sequel and you won't need to wait much longer to play it, as Valve has Counter-Strike 2 set for summer 2023.
It had been proposed that Valve was simply developing an update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, to get it functioning in the Source 2 engine, and it turns out that theory was half right. Counter-Strike 2 appears to be a separate sequel, not an update, but it is constructed in the Source 2 engine, which Valve demonstrates with these new trailers.
The trailers do not go into extensive detail, but they do contain essential information to indicate how Counter-Strike 2 will be progressing from the original. Firstly, maps will have a visual upgrade due to Source 2's tools and rendering features, with Valve calling the maps 'cleaner, brighter, better.' Secondly, the sequel will be updating the tick rate and this promises to be a significant development. Without going too deep into the technical details, Counter-Strike 2 promises to have servers that promptly detect your inputs, so there should not be any kind of delay between you pressing your mouse and your gun going off in-game.
The last feature is smoke grenades. These already exist in the present game and are utilised to obscure an enemy's vision and hide players on the in-game radar. That looks to have remained the same for Counter-Strike 2, but the smoke itself can interact and respond to the environment. For instance, it will part when you fire bullets through it and it will naturally fill up close-by spaces.
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