Counter-Strike 2 is an upcoming game that has created some confusion among fans. However, fear not, as I will explain what it is all about. Although the name suggests that it is the second iteration of Counter-Strike, it is actually the fifth main game in the series. Counter-Strike 2 has been in development for the past three years, and it is based on the Source 2 engine. This engine is a significant upgrade from the Source engine used for previous iterations of the game.
Valve, the game’s developer, usually releases a new engine with a new Half-Life game. However, this time, they released Dota 2 on the Source 2 engine before starting work on Counter-Strike 2. Counter-Strike 2 is the focus of Valve’s game development in the Source 2 era, and it will likely serve as a foundation for future development.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was originally meant to be a console port of Counter-Strike: Source on PlayStation and Xbox, with cross-platform play with PC. However, Valve did not initially make it. Instead, it was developed by a company called Hidden Path Entertainment. Valve later took over development, turning it into the game we know and love today.
Despite being an excellent game, CS:GO has built up technical debt over the years, which is a future cost of choosing the quick and easy route in software development. Valve has decided to build Counter-Strike 2 from the ground up, erasing all that technical debt. This approach will enable Valve to create a base for future development, allowing for easier bug fixes and new content creation.
The game is still in development, and there is some criticism about it being noob-friendly. For instance, the mini-map has an indicator that shows where enemy players can hear your footsteps. However, this feature could take away some of the game sense that takes years to develop. Another feature is that smokes are colored based on which team threw them, which allows players to distinguish between defensive and offensive smokes.
In conclusion, Counter-Strike 2 is an exciting development for fans of the series. With a new engine and the potential for future development, it has the potential to be even bigger than its predecessor. While there are some concerns about the game being too easy for newcomers, only time will tell if it lives up to the hype.
Last Updated on April 16, 2023