Counter-Strike 2 is Real and Will Launch in BETA Soon, It’s Claimed


It’s been long rumored for years that Counter-Strike 2 will be released at some point in the future and now more than ever that seems to be coming to fruition. Richard Lewis, an eSports journalist, tournament host, caster, and analyst, who is very prominent in the Counter-Strike community has reported from sources that Counter-Strike 2 is on its way.

According to Lewis, “The new version is almost certainly set to be released under the working title Counter-Strike 2 and the tentative release date for the beta is in this month of March with April 1st at the outside.”

Lewis also reports that CSGO 2 has 128 tick servers to bring it in line with Riot Games’ Valorant. In addition, the report claims that “The game is also set to include a much-improved match-making system with features that it is hoped would  make the need for third-party pugging services unnecessary.”

The report comes following NVIDIA driver updates that reference “CSGOS2”, which is believed to be the new game/update. According to @gabefollower on Twitter, CSGO2 has been in QA since December 2022 although it was mentioned he “can’t confirm 100%”.

The new reports and leaks make for a compelling story, with details now up in the air about what this means for the original game and whether or not Counter-Strike 2 will completely replace it. But more importantly, what does this mean for player skins? Counter-Strike skins can reach tens of thousands of dollars, so we’d expect if the update rumors are true that Valve will address what will happen in the immediate announcement. Hopefully, though, they just carry over to this newly updated title.

What do you think of an apparent Counter-Strike 2 releasing soon?

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