Valve has been tight-lipped about whether a big update is coming soon to CS:GO, but recent events suggest that it may be a rebranded overhaul using Source 2. Source 2’s unfinished state was partially responsible for ending projects like Left 4 Dead 3 and the new Half-Life game, but Dota 2 moved over to Source 2 in 2015 without much impact on players. In 2020, Half-Life Alyx proved that Source 2 could handle a modern new game. The latest Nvidia drivers introduced support for unknown apps called “csgo 2” and “cs2,” leading to speculation that a Source 2 version of CS:GO is coming soon.
Richard Lewis wrote an article that says a beta version of Counter-Strike 2 is likely to be released in March, with 128 tick servers and a bunch of pro players being flown out to Valve’s headquarters in secret to test it. However, Gabe Follower on Twitter doesn’t believe that 128 tick servers are coming and thinks that there could be a new subtick system instead. A third perspective suggests that the tickless system might not be referring to communication between client and server but warns about expecting miracles from the update. Regardless, the community is excited for any tidbit of information, and API leaks suggest that other things will change.
The first change that has been confirmed is that there will be improved servers, with all matchmaking servers running at 120 ticks. This will result in a smoother experience for players and may eliminate the need for third-party competitive servers. Additionally, the graphics in Source 2 are expected to be much better than the current version, which is over a decade old. The new graphics are expected to be more detailed and smoother.
It has also been confirmed that all skins will be transferred over to Source 2. This is because CS:GO skins are an essential part of the community and Valve is unlikely to risk losing them. Furthermore, it has been clarified that Source 2 is an update to CS:GO and not a new game. This means that CS:GO is here to stay and will not be replaced by a new game entirely.
Although there may be other changes that have not been announced, it is exciting to think that Source 2 could be released in just a few days. Overall, these changes are long overdue and are sure to improve the CS:GO experience for players.
Last Updated on March 10, 2023