The heavily anticipated ‘Counter-Strike 2’ might be closer than you think, as recent leaks indicate that Source 2 has already been added to the CS:GO developer pre-release branch.
Previously, the CS:GO community has witnessed leakers and dataminers consistently uncovering clues that suggest Valve has been actively testing the new engine before releasing it to the live servers.
However, it wasn’t until March 1 that the speculation surrounding the release of Source 2 in CSGO reached new heights when prominent leaker ‘Gabe Follower’ tweeted that NVIDIA drivers had added support for two new executables, “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe” This unexpected revelation sent fans into a frenzy, prompting renewed excitement and curiosity about the long-awaited game engine upgrade.
Following this, a March 14th Tweet from prominent CS:GO leaker ‘Aquarius’ indicates that the engine upgrade that the community has eagerly been looking forward to has already been added to the developer pre-release branch of the game.
This has led fans of the popular competitive shooter from throughout the globe to speculate that there’s a good chance of the Source 2 upgrade being introduced to CS:GO within the next few days.
This goes in accordance with a recent report from journalist Richard Lewis which claimed that the official launch of the highly anticipated CS sequel is likely only a few weeks away.
“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,” the report states.
What Will the Source 2 Upgrade Bring to CSGO?
While no official announcement has been made by Valve regarding the CSGO Source 2 update, we have seen plenty of leaks surface over the past few days to get a decent idea of what it’ll bring to the shooter.
For starters, Counter-Strike 2 is expected to bring 128-tick servers to matchmaking – a feature that the community has been requesting since the release of the game itself. On top of that, CSGO will also see matchmaking improvements, which means that the matchmaking will be much fairer than the current state of the game, and players will be matched with and against players of similar skill levels.
With an engine upgrade, comes the promise of visual improvements to the game as well. However, whether this will impact the game’s ability to run on lower-end systems remains to be seen. While players are excited about the potential for better graphics and smoother gameplay, there are also concerns about whether the upgrade will make the game more resource-intensive and less accessible to those with lower-spec systems.