Counter-Strike 2 is officially here

By Fariha Bhatti


Mar 22, 2023

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Counter-Strike 2 has officially been announced, and it looks like a dream.

Valve has lifted the curtain on Counter-Strike 2, and the community can’t keep calm. The new Source 2 game looks clean, sleek, and smooth. The Counter-Strike 2 visuals are eye-catching, but that’s not what stands out the most. Instead, Valve has announced jaw-dropping updates that will rope all FPS players back to Counter-Strike. 

The game’s new features will be revealed when it officially launches this summer, but the road to Counter-Strike 2 begins today as a limited beta test for select players. CS2 arrives this summer as a free upgrade to CSGO.

Counter-Strike 2 will have tick-less servers 

128-tick this, 128-tick that, how about no ticks? 

Valve has removed ticks from the servers. What does it mean? It means that the server will detect movement in real-time, not taking the tick rate into consideration. 

Counter-Strike 2 map Dust 2

“Sub-tick updates are the heart of Counter-Strike 2. Previously, the server only evaluated the world in discrete time intervals (called ticks). Thanks to Counter-Strike 2’s sub-tick update architecture, servers know the exact instant that motion starts, a shot is fired, or a ‘nade is thrown,” Valve said

Besides this, smokes are unique as well. Players can counter the enemy’s smoke using their own utility, like a grenade or bullets. This is the most significant change to Counter-Strike, and would surely be a meta-shaker. 

Finally, to answer the universally asked question, skins will transfer to CS2 with better light and visuals. It’s unknown how this will affect prices, but it should result in a slight hike. 

The maps look much cleaner as well. The floors, molotovs, and even the smoke paths would glow. These changes have indeed satisfied the CSGO fan base, who had many complaints to Valve. It seems the developer was listening, as it has now applied several highly-requested features to the new Counter-Strike. 


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