Valve’s Counter-Strike 2 is available now on Steam

What you need to know

  • Counter-Strike 2 is a long-awaited upgrade to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 
  • Developed and published by Valve, Counter-Strike 2 includes a number of new visual enhancements such as dynamic smoke grenades.
  • Counter-Strike 2 replaces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and is available now.

It’s finally here. 

Counter-Strike 2 is available on Steam right now thanks to a surprise launch from Valve. The developer and publisher originally revealed Counter-Strike 2 earlier in the year while sharing that the game would be released at some point in summer 2023. You can check out the launch trailer for Counter-Strike 2 below:

As part of the overhaul and upgrade process that makes up Counter-Strike 2, Valve has retouched and redesigned classic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps. Different maps have received different levels of attention, with “Touchstones” getting only a little bit of work. 

“Upgrades” now use Source 2-based lighting and physically-based rendering, while “Overhauls” were the oldest maps in question and have naturally gotten the most care throughout the development process. 

Another big upgrade made possible by Source 2 is the new dynamic smoke grenades, which can radically alter the flow of combat due to the enhanced effects. 

Counter-Strike 2: Windows PC requirements

Due to Counter-Strike 2 being an upgrade over Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the PC requirements to play the game have naturally gone up. Here’s what you’ll need in order to run the game:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads, Intel Core i5 750 or better
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video card with 1GB or more memory, DirectX 11 compatible with support for Shader Model 5.0
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 85GB

Analysis: Surreal and cool to see

It’s not a controversial statement to say that Valve doesn’t release many games these days, so it’s really cool to see something like Counter-Strike 2 happening. While I’m not a major fan of the series, I understand how important it is to millions of people, and these overhauls seem perfect for ensuring that it continues to remain popular. 

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