After a few weeks of uncertainty, Valve finally released its new game. Counter-Strike 2, the new competitive shooter video game from Valve, can be downloaded for free.
Counter-Strike 2 is now available for free download
The best competitive shooter in the history of video games has released its new title. Finally, we have good news for all saga fans: Counter-Strike 2 is free for all Steam users.
The most awaited moment for the community of Counter-Strike players has arrived since Valve announced yesterday, September 27, that Counter-Strike 2 is now officially available worldwide. After several months of running its closed beta, it has ended, and all players can now enjoy CS2.
Let’s remember that the release date of CS2 had been delayed a bit. It was initially scheduled for the summer of 2023. However, a few days after the summer ended, the developers of CS2 released the full game. Yesterday, September 27, 2023, will remain etched in the memory of all competitive shooter fans as Valve finally released the long-awaited game.
A couple of days ago, Valve told the community on its Twitter account that September 27 would be a special day. The truth is that it was a very special day. The company led by Gabe Newell has been shutting down all CS:GO servers to welcome Counter-Strike 2.
What are you doing next Wednesday?
— CS2 (@CounterStrike) September 20, 2023
The major update replaces CS:GO and makes way for CS2
Yesterday, the game’s beta version began updating to its final version, and the servers were opened for all players to come in and play.
Counter-Strike 2 introduces several significant changes from CS:GO and is a major update that replaces it (i.e., CS:GO will no longer be available). So, whether we are looking at a “new” game or an evolution could be debatable. But if we consider such a significant change as the graphic engine, it is preferable to consider it a totally new title.
— CS2 (@CounterStrike) September 27, 2023
For starters, the competitive mode now features a new ranking system. This new system more accurately reflects our skill level in CS2 and offers fairer matchmaking. On the other hand, Premiere mode, which will be the most intensely competitive mode, will have a numerical rank on the one hand, and we will also have a classic rank inherited from CS:GO, which will be decided individually based on the map for fairer matchmaking.
On the other hand, the change in the graphics engine also translates into adjustments in the shooting mechanics, the incorporation of new smoke actions, and numerous changes in the maps. In some cases, these maps have been completely rebuilt. Also included are improvements to the user interface, various graphical features, and, of course, adjustments and improvements to the sound.