Counter-Strike 2 Shadowdrops Onto Steam

    Counter-Strike 2 is finally here!

    Valve have announced that Counter-Strike 2 is now available on PC via Steam as a free-upgrade for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Thus far, over one million players have already updated and installed Counter-Strike 2 on Steam. 

    This past March, Valve revealed that Counter-Strike 2 would finally arrive in summer 2023 as its next major game. The new title would bring several adjustments and graphical improvements that fans have been clamoring for in the past decade. A release date was not announced, but the latest trailer immediately addresses any concerns that fans may have had. 

    Counter-Strike 2 is Now Available

    A new surprise launch trailer by Valve confirms that Counter-Strike 2 launches today, September 27, for PC via Steam. Fans will immediately receive an update for the free-to-play title, and the Prime Status Upgrade is available for $14.99. Moreover, NVIDIA confirms the game supports NVIDIA Reflex, so players with the latest RTX graphics cards should notice reduced latency when the feature is active.

    Here’s an overview of the new title, via the official Steam page: 

    For over two decades, Counter-Strike has offered an elite competitive experience, one shaped by millions of players from across the globe. And now the next chapter in the CS story is about to begin. This is Counter-Strike 2.

    A free upgrade to CS:GO, Counter-Strike 2 marks the largest technical leap in Counter-Strike’s history. Built on the Source 2 engine, Counter-Strike 2 is modernized with realistic physically-based rendering, state of the art networking, and upgraded Community Workshop tools.

    In addition to the classic objective-focused gameplay that Counter-Strike pioneered in 1999, Counter-Strike 2 features:

    • All-new CS Ratings with the updated Premier mode
    • Global and Regional leaderboards
    • Upgraded and overhauled maps
    • Game-changing dynamic smoke grenades
    • Tick-rate-independent gameplay
    • Redesigned visual effects and audio
    • All items from CS:GO moving forward to CS2

    Lastly, watch the launch trailer below.

    Counter-Strike 2 is available now for free on PC via Steam.

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected]

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