Rumor: “Counter-Strike 2” beta to be announced soon

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular online games right now and has been for over the past decade, since it’s initial launch in 2012.

During this time, Valve created the Source 2 engine and have used it for games such as DOTA 2 and Half-Life: Alyx. Due to this, there have been consistent rumors that CS:GO would be getting the same treatment as DOTA 2.

Fans have been speculating the game would get ported with the engine, as it currently runs on the much older Source engine.

Now it appears those rumors have much greater merit with a new report via journalist Richard Lewis, who is tight in covering the Counter-Strike scene from the game and esports competitions surrounding it. Lewis is claiming a beta will soon be announced.

On his Substack, Lewis reported that a user on Twitter noticed in Nvidia’s most recent driver updates the inclusion of support for “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe”, which would indicate apparent knowledge of upcoming game(s) with those executables.

According to anonymous sources close to Lewis, there are indeed plans for a new version of CS:GO, which would be titled Counter-Strike 2. An interesting title, as there are three mainline games in the series with Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Source, and the current Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

More surprising about these rumors is the short timetable claimed for the announcement and beta release. According to rumors, a beta is planned to come out this month in March, with the latest possible date being April 1st.

Other claims about this upcoming game are that they would support 128 tick rate servers, bringing them in line with competitor Valorant, alongside improvements to the match-making service.

As with any rumor, these must be taken with a grain of salt, though CS:GO has been subjected to leakers, alongside Team Fortress 2, in the past.

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