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New Counter Strike 2 Update Adds First CS2 Weapon Case, Music Kits, Arms Race Mode, & More

On February 6, 2024, Valve released a huge update for their popular competitive shooter, Counter Strike 2, fulfilling the fervent wishes of countless CS2 enthusiasts who had been eagerly anticipating this moment for weeks. The update brought with it not only a new case, but also a new game mode, new music kits, custom sticker placements, and a lot more.

Let’s take a moment to check out everything new that the latest Counter Strike 2 update has introduced to the title.

New CS2 Update: What’s New?

While the wait for the first CS2 Operation continues, the amount of content introduced to the game with the new update doesn’t fall much shorter of it.

Arms Race Mode

For starters, the Arms Race game mode has been added to CS2 with the new update. It was previously a game mode in CS:GO, but wasn’t present in CS2 at the time of its launch.

The Arms Race game mode pits players in a free-for-all deathmatch where they need to score two kills with a particular weapon to get a different one. The first player to work their way up to the knife stage and get the final kill is declared the winner.

Custom Sticker Placements

The second major addition that the new CS2 update has brought alongside it is custom sticker placements. Moving forward, players will be able to drag, drop, and even rotate the stickers that they place on their weapons to get the ideal sticker placement.

New Weapon Case

The Kilowatt Case marks the debut weapon case in CS2, boasting finishes for 18 weapons. It introduces the game to a new knife, the Kukri Knife, and features the first-ever skin for the Zeus x27.

Stickers and Music Kits

But that’s not all, the February 6th update also adds six new music kits to the game under the NIGHTMODE Music Kit Box alongside the Ambush Sticker Capsule featuring 21 community-created stickers. Players will be able to buy these from the in-game shop.

XP Overload

Once you’ve earned all the normal weekly XP and transitioned to reduced XP gain, an XP Overload icon will appear next to your name in your profile, on the scoreboard, and in the kill-feed. As you maintain your XP-earning streak each week, your XP Overload icon will progressively upgrade.

CS2 February 6 Update Patch Notes

Here’s a look at the detailed patch notes of the new Counter Strike 2 update, as listed in the official blog post by Valve:

Arms Race

  • Added Arms Race to available game modes
  • Added maps “Baggage” and “Shoots”

Weapon Finishes

  • Introducing the Kilowatt Case, featuring 17 community-designed weapon finishes, and the Kukri Knife with original finishes as a rare special item
  • Various bug fixes and tweaks

Stickers

  • The Ambush Sticker Capsule is now available for purchase
  • Added support for flexible sticker placement. Stickers can now be placed at user-specified positions and rotation when applied to weapons
  • All weapons now support up to five stickers
  • Added a zoom feature during sticker placement to allow for higher precision sticker application
  • Various bug fixes and tweaks

Music Kits

  • The NIGHTMODE Music Kit Box is now available for purchase in standard and StatTrak versions

Zeus

  • Made Zeus reusable in all game modes, after a 30 second recharge delay
  • Added support for applying stickers and name tags to the Zeus
  • Adjusted the Zeus first person model position
  • Added Zeus kill icon to kill cards and post round damage report

Smoke

  • Smokes now cast shadows
  • Smoke rendering and animation have been improved

Gameplay

  • Added a “Refund All” button to the buy menu
  • Added a setting to disable first person bullet tracers
  • Silencers can now always be reattached regardless of whether detaching them is enabled or not
  • Player pings are no longer blocked by invisible geometry
  • Various adjustments to sub-tick shooting
  • Fixed several cases where players could silently drop down vertical surfaces
  • Improved smoothness of sliding along surfaces
  • Fixed an issue where collisions between players were jittery
  • To ensure loadouts are correct at the beginning of matches, loadout changes are no longer allowed while searching for Premier, Competitive, or Wingman

Sound

  • Added the option to select an audio input device for VOIP from the audio settings menu
  • Added the option to change your microphone threshold (the minimum loudness before we start transmitting audio) from the audio options menu, as well as metering for your current mic loudness
  • Added the option to listen to your own microphone from the audio settings menu to hear how you sound
  • Replaced the M249 fire sound effect
  • Replaced the Zeus charging, charge not available, and charge ready states sound effects
  • Further reduced occlusion effects
  • Minor mix adjustments
  • Fixed an issue where some player-centric sounds were being perceived as originating from slightly behind the player

Networking

  • Reduced peeker’s advantage in many cases
  • The amount of peeker’s advantage in the steady state is reduced by 16ms
  • Also reduced the frequency of situations that lead to very large peeker’s advantage due to excessive command queue depth
  • Added cl_ticktiming console command that prints a report breaking down the various sources of latency
  • Added an option to buffer server updates and user commands by one or more packets. This can be used to smooth over stuttering due to packet loss, at the expense of increased latency

UI

  • Added support for separate main menu and item inspect background map settings
  • Added “Baggage” and “Warehouse” as options for the main menu and item inspect background maps
  • In-game team-only chat will now be prefixed with the team (e.g., “[T]” or “[CT]”)
  • Added ‘XP Overload’ status which is awarded to players who have earned all of their normal XP during the week (11,166 XP) and reached reduced XP gain. XP Overload status is attached to players’ names in scoreboard, main menu, death notices, etc. XP Overload status is awarded for a minimum of one week. Additional tiers of XP Overload status can be unlocked by earning all of the normal XP over multiple consecutive weeks
  • Agents with unique end-of-match cheer animations now have unique defeat animations as well. You can disable playing defeat animations for the local player in settings
  • Added more accolades to end-of-match

Misc

  • Adjusted the range of CS Ratings allowed to party together in Premier matchmaking
  • Fixed a case where high-DPI mice would result in jittery mouse movement
  • Added Minor improvements to animations during demo playback
  • Disabled rich presence update when running Steam Client in tournament mode

MAPS

Inferno

  • Fixed various gaps and adjusted grenade collision to make grenade bounces more predictable
  • Adjusted texture blending to improve player visibility

Ancient

  • Adjusted grenade collision on bombsite B ground to make grenade bounces more predictable

Anubis

  • Fixed holes in world at Lower Tunnel
  • Fixed collision on all pillars so players can no longer pixel boost
  • Fixed collision so utility does not fall out of world on top of structure at T Start
  • Fixed missing collision on steps at Street which would allow dropped weapons to fall out of world
  • Improved vis at CT spawn
  • Fixed invisible boost ledge at Bombsite B
  • Fixed various gaps in the world
  • Fixed missing collision on stair geo at CT spawn that allowed weapons/bomb to fall out of world
  • Fixed missing collision at Fountain that allowed weapons/bomb to fall out of world
  • Fixed some doors not generating bullet decals
  • Fixed vis issue at Street

Overpass

  • Fixed some collision that was causing unpredictable player movement

Mirage

  • Added collision to prevent bomb becoming unreachable
  • Adjusted some collision to prevent a ledge/pixel walk
  • Fixed player getting stuck when strafing on Middle Ramp by simplifying geo of floor and wall
  • Removed a clip brush from Apartments to improve flash lineups

Nuke

  • Built some collision to prevent bomb from getting stuck behind barrels
  • Fixed some disappearing mesh
  • Fixed dynamic shadow clipping on characters at Vending
  • Improved clipping in vents
  • Fixed bombsite water to have better reflections on low settings
  • Fixed vis issue at t-spawn
  • Fixed collision on ramp in Bombsite B
  • Fixed holes in world

Vertigo

  • Fixed holes in world and other minor geometry bugs

Italy

  • Adjusted some collision to prevent players getting stuck in apartment

Office

  • Fixed a case where players could jump on a wall
  • Fixed a case where players could get stuck if they crouched
Sonu Banerjee
Sonu Banerjeehttp://www.talkesport.com
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