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Counter-Strike 2: Every Leak and Update

It seems that Counter-Strike 2 is almost upon us! It’s been years of rumors and false flags, but the update that players have been waiting for may finally be happening.

What Is Counter-Strike 2?

It’s currently unknown whether a potential CS2 would be a simple Source 2 port, or a full sequel to CS:GO. Rumors first began after a recent NVIDIA driver update added support for the executables “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe”. This was only the beginning, with more rumors emerging in the days following.

On March 5th, reputable CS:GO news journalist Richard Lewis released a post discussing Counter-Strike 2. In the post, Lewis claims that an anonymous source had given him details about the upcoming title, including the huge news that it would indeed be a rebrand to Counter-Strike 2.

The specifics of Counter-Strike 2 seem to be a checklist of everything players have asked for from CS:GO over the years. Lewis claims that Counter-Strike 2 will launch with 128-tick servers, bringing the game in line with Valorant at last. As well as this, the matchmaking system will be revamped to remove unbalanced matchmaking and long times between ranking up. This is as well as the improved visuals through the transition to the Source 2 engine. It’s believed that Valve hopes these reworks will remove the need for third-party services such as FACEIT.

Players online flocked to the post. Richard Lewis rarely misses, and if he says something most take it as gospel.

When Can We Play Counter-Strike 2?

Perhaps the biggest revelation of Lewis’ post is that the Beta for Counter-Strike 2 will allegedly be launching this month. After years of silence, a drop like that would be enormous for CS:GO. The game is already seeing record numbers of players every weekend at the moment, and this could see another big spike in interest coming up.

There has been plenty of noise on how the transition will affect the pro scene. If CS2 is a full release, the original CS:GO will still be able to play, and it would be difficult to imagine the pros moving over immediately. It took a while for players to move on from CS 1.6 after the release of CS:GO, and the same could happen here. If rumors are to be believed, CS2 has already received extensive testing from professionals. Retired player gAuLeS added fuel to the fire, hinting on Twitter that he has recently visited Seattle, just a few miles away from Valve’s headquarters in Belleview, Washington.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty around Counter-Strike 2, with many of the facts obscured and no official Valve confirmation yet. But it seems that we won’t have long to figure out the truth, one way or another.

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