Ever since Valve introduced the Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) beta on March 22, the gaming community has been buzzing with excitement and anticipation on this new version of Counter Strike. It is rumored that this version of Counter Strike 2 has better Graphics with a lot of new added weapons. The game is also built with Source 2 engine unlike the CS:Go with legacy Source engine.
The game also boasts with its revamped Loadout system similar to Warzone and Modern Warfare. Some unique weaponized features of this game is the Bear Trap that can be placed to catch and damage enemies, and another trap like weapon – a fire grenade that can be activated by tripping a wire. How cool is that? Players globally are eagerly waiting for the full release, hoping to transition from the beloved CS:GO to this new and improved version.
Valve has been somewhat enigmatic since the beta’s inception. They’ve announced that the first Counter-Strike 2 Major will be held in 2024 in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, most of the fresh insights about the game’s features have been unearthed by community leakers and a few patch releases.
Valve’s first hint about CS2’s release was through Steam’s 20th birthday page on September 13, where they mentioned that CS2 would be launching “soon.” Before this, the only information available was that CS2 would be out in the summer of 2023. Given that Valve’s headquarters is in Seattle, there’s speculation that the game could be released before September 23, marking the end of summer in the U.S.
What’s New in Counter-Strike 2?
Here are some of the lists that we know so far about the incoming Counter-Strike 2 game realse this September.
Game Engine Upgrade
CS2 has transitioned to the Source 2 Game Engine, offering a complete revamp from its predecessor, CS:GO, which was based on the original Source engine. This change promises enhanced and better visual quality and gameplay.
Counter-Strike 2 brings a new loadout system, allowing players to pre-select their weapons and equipment before each round starts. With this system it will divides the weapon category a player can carry in to three categories: pistols, mid-tier, and heavy, with a limit of five weapons per category only. The limitation is designed to add strategic depth by limiting inventory space, compelling players to make thoughtful choices based on team needs and individual playstyles.
Many classic maps, like the original Dust 2 and Mirage, have undergone significant overhauls, boasting better visual quality thanks to the Source 2 Engine.
New Inspect Grenades Feature
Valve has introduced an “Inspect” feature, allowing players to inspect their smoke, flash, HE, or decoy grenades. The graphical fidelity and object physics, especially when inspecting grenades, are quite impressive. For instance, inspecting the Molotov grenade reveals the liquid inside, which moves according to gravity.
The game’s HUD and main menu have been redesigned, drawing inspiration from games like Valorant. Players can now see a visual representation of their kill count, enhancing the in-game experience.
VAC Live Anti-Cheat System
Let’s admit it many previous versions of Counter Strike is prone to cheating. As players and hackers getting really clever on hacking the system. In this new system it detects cheaters in real-time making it very difficult to cheat. If a cheater is identified and banned during a match, the game ends immediately.
Added New Unique Features
With this capability added in the CS2 players can shoot through walls and objects to damage enemies. Players have discovered that you can wallbang hold long from mid in CS2, adding a new tactical dimension to gameplay. Though, it is not clear that this capability will be overused and some beta players report about it glitching, Valve may later remove it on some maps or entirely.
Smoke Grenade Tactics
Smoke grenade has undergone major overhaul as well compared to the previous version of the game. It’s unclear if the skybox has been opened up completely, but this could alter the tactical use of smokes in the game.
New Buy Menu UI and Loadout
The new buy menu UI includes a refund button, aiding players in managing their in-game economy better. Some players may comment its more like Valorant Menu-inspired system. As the new buy menu in CS2 takes inspiration from the buy screen in Valorant, a rival tactical FPS. Alongside the buy menu there’s the New Loadout feature that forces players to have limited number of weapons or carry-on.
Currently, the CS2 is only available for Beta players, the game will probably be released in September 20, 2023. With regular updates to the CS2 beta, including the introduction of new maps and features, it’s evident that Valve is committed to delivering a top-notch gaming experience.