Valve is on the verge of releasing a major update to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensiveaccording to a report by eSports journalist Richard Lewis (via Forbes). Sources close to the situation tell Lewis that Valve could finally release a new version of the game on the company’s Source 2 engine as early as this month.
Louis, who made a big success CS: GO stories in the past, says he’s been told that Valve already has a group of professionals on board CS: GO players to try out the updated game at the company’s headquarters in Seattle. Migrating the game to the Source 2 engine, which is used by some of Valve’s other games such as Dota 2 and Half-Life: Alyxmay allow for better performance and graphics.
This is apparently not the only upgrade Valve is working on. Lewis adds that the “new” CS: GO may come with an improved matchmaking system that looks more like third-party platforms where players can find and join CS: GO matches, such as FACEIT or ESEA. Valve is also expected to increase the tick rate of the servers used by the game from 64 to 128, potentially resulting in less lag during online matches.
It is hard to believe that more than 10 years after the release of CS: GO (and over 20 since the release of the original title) that Valve will drop us a huge update with little to no fanfare. But that’s not the only evidence of a possible upgrade. Last week, u/DAOWAce on Reddit discovered a suspicious pair of executables called “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe” included in recent drivers released by Nvidia.
While it may sound like Valve is releasing an entirely new game, Twitter users @gabefollower and @aquaismising explain that this could simply mean that Valve is moving the game to the Source 2 engine and that the developers may have been a bit lazy with the file naming. Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer to see what the so-called Counter-Strike 2 is all, though, as Lewis says the game is “almost ready to go.”