The rumors had been true: Valve has simply taken the wraps off of Counter-Strike 2, saying a restricted beta that’s obtainable to pick members of the sport’s neighborhood. The studio says the sequel will overhaul each system, piece of content material and a part of the Counter-Strike expertise. As anticipated, Valve is transferring the sport to the newest model of its in-house Supply 2 engine, resulting in a noticeable leap in graphical constancy.
The sport will function sharper textures, extra life-like lighting and extra geometry. Valve says the Counter-Strike 2 crew is taking a three-tier method to degree design. “Touchstone” maps like Mud 2 will, for essentially the most half, be left untouched outdoors of tweaks to their lighting and readability. “Improve” maps, in the meantime, will reap the benefits of Supply 2’s enhanced lighting pipeline for extra realistic-looking supplies and reflections. Lastly, Valve plans to totally overhaul a handful of ranges, profiting from the whole lot its engine has to supply.
The transfer to Supply 2 will even deliver with it gameplay enhancements. Beginning, most notably, with how smoke grenades perform. As Valve explains in a behind-the-scenes video, smoke grenades will now reside as volumetric 3D objects throughout the sport world, making them conscious of different gameplay parts and permitting gamers to momentarily form sightlines with bullets and explosions.
Valve can be overhauling the sport’s server structure. It says Counter-Strike 2 will help sub-tick updates, a function the studio claims will permit the sport’s servers to know the moment a participant transfer, fires their weapon or throws a grenade. In concept, that ought to make the brand new entry really feel like essentially the most responsive Counter-Strike up to now.
When the total model of the sport arrives this summer season, Counter-Strike 2 can be a free improve to Counter-Strike: International Offensive. Any cosmetics you’ve collected in CS:GO will carry over to the brand new sport (and look higher than ever). Valve is inviting gamers to the restricted beta primarily based on a handful of factors, together with latest playtime and Steam account standing. The studio promised to share extra details about Counter-Strike 2 nearer to launch.