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Counter-Strike 2 officially confirmed details: release date, responsive smokes and sub-tick system

Valve has officially announced Counter-Strike 2. Yes, this is how the rumored Source 2 version will be named. The reveal includes the previously reported subtick system, map overhauls and adjustments, along with responsive smokes. The release date is summer 2023.

The limited beta begins today, March 22, 2023. Use the link below to learn more about it.

How to get invite to Counter-Strike 2 closed beta. CS2 Limited Test free access new version

What is Subtick system in CS2?

The new approach to server ticks will allow ignoring even the split-seconds used to calculate shooting and moving. Basically, the server will now receive an update as soon as something happens, rather than constantly checking for updates. You can read more about it here.

How will be CS2 maps changed?

Valve will change every existing map for the new Source 2 engine but differently. They've split them into three tiers. The trailer doesn't show them all though.

  • Touchstone: Dust 2, Mirage, Train. Classic maps with solid foundations. They will stay the same, aside from the enhanced graphics.
  • Upgrades: Nuke, Ancient, Baggage (Arms Race map). Maps that use new realistic lighting and reflections.
  • Overhauls: Italy, Overpass. The oldest maps fully rebuilt from the ground-up, leveraging all Source 2 tools and rendering features.

Responsive smokes in CS2

Probably the biggest gameplay change. The new CS:GO smokes will become interactive, which will definitely change the way the game is played, especially on the highest level. Here are the key things:

  • Smokes will be the same regardless of position.
  • Smokes will react to gunfire and grenades, creating gaps and holes.
  • Smokes will react to lighting.
  • Smokes will "grow to fill spaces naturally."

The trailers didn't reveal what happens to some maps, like the new Anubis or old Cobblestone. They show the new explosions from HE grenades that might become slightly more obscuring due to more flames in the animation.

Valve started Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test, invite-only closed CS2 beta
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