Counter-Strike 2


Counter-Strike 2 Release Date: Everything You Need to Know

Abhimannu Das
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Valve has confirmed that Counter-Strike 2’s release window is “Summer 2023”.
The release window for the game is June to August 2023.
A specific release date for the game is not yet available.

Counter-Strike 2 was officially revealed by Valve as a free upgrade to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). There are some new mechanics that are being introduced and players can also expect a visual upgrade to CSGO once the update drops. Players are excited to play the game and the only way to do so right now is by accessing the limited beta test. If you have not been invited to the beta and want to try out the game, here’s everything you need to know about Counter-Strike 2’s release date.

Counter-Strike 2 release date

Valve has confirmed that Counter-Strike 2’s release window is “Summer 2023” which according to game development terms is from June to August. The earliest we can expect the game is on 1st June and it should release by 31st August unless any unprecedented delays occur.

What’s new in Counter-Strike 2? 

While you wait for Counter-Strike 2’s release date to get closer, here is a look at everything new coming to the game. 

Reworked Smoke Grenades

Smoke Grenades have been fully reworked and have the ability to interact with other gameplay events, creating new opportunities. Bullets and high explosive (HE) grenades can push smoke to clear sight lines or expand the occlusion.

Smokes will also seep out of open doorways, windows, stairs and other openings. They can also combine with other smokes. There are visual changes that affect the light and color of the smoke as well. 

Anti-cheat upgrades

It also looks like the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) is getting an upgrade with some players in the limited beta reporting that there is a system in place that bans cheaters if they are detected during a game. If a cheater is caught during a match, Counter-Strike 2 alerts players and cancels the game. 

In ranked mode, you will not see a change in your matchmaking rating (MMR) if there is a cheater in the lobby and a match is canceled. There may be under-the-hood upgrades to the anti-cheat for better detection as well. 

There may be other features that are yet to be announced and we will get a better look at the game when we get closer to the release date of Counter-Strike 2.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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