Speculations regarding a potential Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) have been abuzz. Despite the absence of an authoritative statement from Valve, numerous hints and leaks indicate that this installment might be in store for fans sooner than expected.
After its initial release in 2012, CS:GO has continued to be updated with no true sequel yet making an appearance. However, the game’s strong esports scene and economical market of in-game items have kept it alive until now. Many doubted that Valve would ever create a follow-up version for such an acclaimed title. However recent evidence from NVIDIA driver update unearthed executable files indicating a potential beta launch as early as March this year.
Source 2 Engine
In 2014, Valve released its newest version of the Source engine: Source 2. Its applications are notable and can be seen in games like Dota 2, Underlords, Artifact, or Half-Life: Alyx. Although there is no confirmation if Counter-Strike will get an upgrade with this new engine yet; Lewis’s report suggests that it could include 128 tick servers plus a better matchmaking system when done so.
Valve remains committed to preserving skins, knives, stickers, and other in-game items as they are a key component of their business model. After all, removing them would cause millions of dollars worth of damage while simultaneously eroding players’ trust. Although Valve is dedicated to protecting the skins economy, Source 2 could potentially open up new opportunities for skin creators. It will allow them more creative liberty when it comes to developing intricate designs, textures, and pattern templates compared to what’s currently possible.
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Counter-Strike Source 2 Release Date
Gabe Follower’s report has it that CS:GO 2 will launch in March 2023 with a beta version. While Valve has not yet declared this, multiple hints and leaks imply that an update to Source 2 could drop at any moment. The update would be presented as a costless opt-in DLC available to anyone willing to collaborate in the testing of its beta version.