Rumor: Counter-Strike 2 Real, Beta Scheduled for March 2023

Recent reports have revealed that Valve is developing an updated version of Counter-Strike called Counter-Strike 2 and it is planned to beta in March 2023.

This information was first published by Richard Lewis. If you’re interested in Valve games, you can check out our other articles here.

Counter-Strike 2 Real, Beta Scheduled for March 2023?

On March 1, 2023, some people started to point out that the NVIDIA driver had introduced support for two new executables, namely “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe”.

According to Richard Lewis’ sources, a new version of Counter-Strike is very real but also imminent. The source claims that this new version of Counter-Strike has been in the works for some time now and will be released under the title Counter-Strike 2.

According to Lewis, the tentative release date for the beta version of the game is in March 2023 with April 1, 2023, of the tentative schedule.

Lewis explained that the creation of this game has been a priority for Valve’s team of members who have overseen the development of previous iterations in the Counter-Strike franchise. This may explain why some of the issues with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has gone largely unnoticed for some time.

The main priority was to release it, then polish it, fix bugs, and bring it to the level expected from Counter-Strike.

Richard Lewis’s Sources

According to Lewis, Counter-Strike 2 will use the Source 2 engine, have 128 ticks comparable to Valorant, and have a much better match-making system with features that are expected to compete with FACEIT and ESEA.

According to Lewis’ sources, the game is “almost ready to launch” and said that the game has even been playtested by an unnamed group of professional players who were flown in secret to Valve’s headquarters in Seattle.

Interestingly, user @gabefollower claims that Valve has been testing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Source 2 with the help of third-party QA companies in the United States and European Union since at least early December 2022. If this is true, then the information would support all of Lewis’ claims above.

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