Beginning of a New Era
With the promise of the largest technical innovation in the Counter-Strike franchise, Counter-Strike 2 is set to hit the ground this summer. The journey begins today with a limited test phase for CS:GO players, while the official launch will reveal all the game’s new features.
Counter-Strike 2 introduces dynamic smoke grenades that interact with the environment and react to light sources, shots, and explosions. The real-time event system is also being overhauled. Servers will now calculate the world at exact moments when a movement starts, a shot is fired, or a grenade is thrown, improving gameplay consistency.
The maps in the game have received a facelift, appearing cleaner, brighter, and better than ever. Some maps have been completely rebuilt from scratch using Source 2 tools, while others have been upgraded with the new lighting system. Community map creators will have access to the tools and rendering features of Source 2, promoting further innovation.
All CS:GO items will transition to Counter-Strike 2, benefitting from the new lighting system and materials of Source 2. Standard weapons have been updated with high-resolution models, with some weapon finishes taking advantage of these new models.
Visual and Sound Improvements
Visual effects in Counter-Strike 2 have been revamped, with key game graphics redesigned for readability. Environmental effects such as completely recreated explosions, fire, C4 lighting, and more have been improved. The game’s sound effects have also been revised and retuned to better represent the physical environment and express more game states.
User Interface Overhaul
The user interface of Counter-Strike 2 has been entirely redone, including new visual effects across the display, enhancing the communication of critical game information.
More to Come
This limited test phase will only cover a subset of Counter-Strike 2 features, with the full details to be unveiled in a few months. As summer approaches, the anticipation for this new era of Counter-Strike is palpable among the gaming community worldwide.