Engine Source 2 announced from Valve promises to bring a series of new features in part 2 of the famous fps game Counter-Strike.
Valve has finally officially announced Counter-Strike 2 and the Source 2 engine, promising a “massive overhaul of every Counter-Strike system, content, and gamer experience.” The announcement comes with three videos on how Counter-Strike 2 works, showcasing newly updated maps, smoke grenades, and “side updates,” which Valve also said will provide additional updates. Server updates are even more frequent.
A new playable limited test will begin today for select Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players. Valve has also published FAQs about the limited beta for CS2 and how to sign in.
The new Counter-Strike will run on Valve’s Source 2 engine. Valve calls it “the biggest technical leap in the history of Counter-Strike”. In part, that means an overhaul to the classic maps of the Counter-Strike title, some gamers have been familiar with for more than 20 years. Those maps will be “sharper, better, and better,” Valve said, thanks to “upgrades and overhauls that take advantage of all the new tools and rendering features of Source 2.”
Smoke grenades in Counter-Strike 2 are also being improved. Valve says the smoke plumes from the smoke grenades will show up as objects that can interact with the environment, and they will react to light, gunfire and explosions. In practice, that means players will be able to create “holes” in smoke grenades and even blow them up with blasts from shrapnel.
Ultimately, Valve promises to go beyond 128 fps in other online multiplayer games. Valve calls its new technologies “sub-tick updates” and describes them as “the heart of Counter-Strike 2”. “Previously, the server only evaluated the world at discrete intervals (called ticks),” Valve explains. Thanks to Counter-Strike 2’s sub-tick update architecture, servers will be able to tell exactly when a movement started, a shot was fired, or a grenade was thrown.
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Counter-Strike 2 will be the fourth major entry in Valve’s first-person shooter series. The game was originally released in 2000, and it is based on Valve’s mod for Half-Life. Valve developed it with Counter-Strike: Source in 2004 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012. More than 10 years after its initial release, CS:GO is still extremely popular; This free game is usually the most played title on Steam. Earlier this month, the CS:GO title hit an all-time concurrent player record with 1.4 million players.
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