Valve, the video game developer behind the popular first-person shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has just released a small treasure trove of insights about the upcoming Counter-Strike 2 game. The announcement of Counter-Strike 2 has created a buzz among the gaming community, especially CS:GO players and enthusiasts.

The insights cover a range of topics, including;

Counter-Strike 2: Moving Beyond Tick Rate

Tick rate no longer matters for moving, shooting, or throwing. 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.

As a result, regardless of tick rate, your moving and shooting will be equally responsive and your grenades will always land the same wa

Counter-Strike 2: Responsive Smokes

Smoke Grenades are now dynamic volumetric objects that interact with the environment, and react to lighting, gunfire, and explosions.

Smokes have way more use cases now.

Smoke can now interact with other gameplay events, such as bullets and grenades can push smoke to briefly clear sightlines or expand occlusion.

Smokes interact with the environment

The smoke will seep out of opened doorways and broken windows, go down and up stairs, as well as expand in long corridors and combine with other smokes. All in all this would feel more natural as how smoke is supposed to behave.

Lights affect smokes

Smoke particles work with the unified lighting system that allows for more realistic light and color.

Counter-Strike 2: Leveling Up The World

Cleaner, brighter, better. Maps in Counter-Strike 2 are receiving upgrades and overhauls which leverage all of the new Source 2 tools and rendering features.

Here are a couple of questions that you may have about Counter Strike 2:

Will you keep your skins in Counter-Strike 2?
Your entire CS:GO Inventory will be with you in Counter-Strike 2. You get to keep every item you've collected over the years and all of those items will benefit from Source lightining and materials:


When will Counter-Strike 2 be released?
Arrives this summer 2023.

Will Counter-Strike 2 be free to play?
Yes, Counter-Strike 2 will be as a free upgrade to CS:GO!

See all other changes here:

Introducing Counter-Strike 2 | Limited Test
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