As long as the digital newspapers do not stop being filled with news about the purchase of ABK, owner of Call of Duty, by Microsoft and to see what the regulators decide, on PC that does not affect us, what’s more, people continue playing the umpteenth version of what was his spiritual predecessor even today. The latest rumor mill says? CS:GO 2 would be in development and the way in which we have learned of its existence has been most curious.
They have been talking about a Counter Strike update for a long time, think that CS:GO has already turned a decade and the technological advances on the PC have been important in all this time and its outdated technology, although it is not they make a bad game, makes it require an update.
CS:GO 2 is mentioned in the latest NVIDIA drivers
Since the appearance of Half-Life: Alyx, a game designed exclusively for virtual reality, we have been biting our nails to see Gordon Freeman’s story finished, which was left unfinished after Half-Life: Episode Two that already appeared in 2007. In other words, more years have passed since then than since the launch of the first to the penultimate game in the saga, if we don’t take into account the game starring Alyx Vance.
On the other hand, Counter Strike started as a multiplayer game that Valve released in the late 90s to compete against the titans Unreal Tournament and Quake 3, received an update with the release of Half-Life 2 based on the Source engine and then later a new version called Counter Strike: Global Offensive that is still being played today. Not surprisingly, at the time of writing this news it is the most played on Steam with 750,000 players in game at the time of writing this news.
What we did not expect, at this point, is that we would see references to a new Counter Strike, specifically to CS:GO 2, and no, it has not been Valve who has officially announced it, but the information has appeared on the most hidden and unexpected place: the latest NVIDIA driver, specifically in its source code.
What do we know at the moment about this game?
Well, we didn’t know, the only thing we had evidence of was the transfer of the original CS:GO that appeared a few years ago from the Source engine to Source 2. Visually, there are no differences between the two versions of the engine and it is not an impressive visual advance like the of the Unreal Engine, only that when it appeared we were still using single-core processors and yes, CS:GO still uses a single processor core. As for the new engine, it is the one with which Half-Life: Alyx was developed and a conversion of the currently most played title on Steam was announced at the time.
What we do not expect is a second part in the sense that Valve with CS:GO 2 would not have taken the opportunity just to update the game so that it runs better on modern PCs, but would have taken the opportunity to create new content that can sell as a second part of your competitive shooter. Which, let’s face it, needs a technical facelift after so long.