After many years, a new game could release in beta as early as this month.
Counter-Strike is one of game publisher and developer Valve’s most popular franchises, with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive still maintaining a healthy playerbase despite over a decade of activity. However, after all that time (and in spite of Valve’s infamous reluctance for sequels), there may finally be a new Counter-Strike around the corner.
Rumors have begun circulating that Valve is developing a tentatively-titled Counter-Strike 2 using their personal Source 2 engine. According to prominent eSports writer Richard Lewis, the game is not only in development, but is actually far enough along that we could see a beta release as soon as this very month.
An anonymous insider familiar with the matter spoke to Lewis, saying that “The big priority is getting this out and then polishing it, fixing any bugs and bringing it up to the level people expect from CS.”
According to the source, this new game will feature 128 tick servers at launch, plus an improved matchmaking system, both features that fans have requested for a long time.
Rumors are circulating that Counter-Strike 2 may be on the way. https://t.co/yRGD1jvnpY pic.twitter.com/o34eekpjeM
— IGN (@IGN) March 6, 2023
Other prominent leakers and journalists have countered Lewis’ report, saying that it will not be an entirely new Counter-Strike, but merely CS: GO running on the Source 2 engine. At the time of writing, Valve has not commented on the matter one way or the other.