Fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) are rejoicing today with Counter-Strike 2 finally available for download. Fans of the FPS title have been waiting for more than a decade for a proper successor to CS:GO, and it seems that those who have downloaded the game (it’s free to download via Steam) are enjoying it.
Here are 5 things you need to know about Counter-Strike 2 (CS2):
It will directly replace CS:GO. If you check out Steam’s listing, you will notice that CS:GO is no longer there. CS2 will directly replace the decade-old game, and the file size is approximately the same as its predecessor at around 27GB–though you’ll need around 85GB of free space to install the game.
The requirements are not that demanding. Just like CS:GO, the requirements for CS2 is not as demanding. For the minimum requirements, you’ll need at least a 7th-Gen Core i5 processor (or equivalent) with 8GB RAM and at least a GTX 1060 (or equivalent) GPU. If you want an even better experience, you’ll need at least 16GB RAM, a 9th-Gen Core i9 processor (or equivalent), and at least an RTX 2070 (or equivalent) GPU.
Your CS:GO loot will carry over. Even if CS:GO is no longer available in Steam, CS2 will use your profile from CS:GO, so all of the items that you have collected will carry over to the new game. In short, you don’t need to worry about losing your original profile from CS:GO. In fact, all of your collected items from CS:GO should look better in CS2.
It uses Valve’s new Source 2 Engine. The improved visuals CS2 has to offer is thanks to Valve’s Source 2 Engine, which was initially used for DOTA 2 Reborn back in 2015. With this engine, CS2 gets other visual improvements like more realistic smoke and fully rebuilt maps from the ground up. Aside from the visuals, Valve also mentioned a sub-tick update, where servers will know the moment you fire a weapon or throw a grenade–which in theory should make the game more responsive especially for competitive tournaments.
Esports tournaments will shift to CS2. With CS:GO reaching end-of-life status, ongoing Esports tournaments like ESL Pro League will wrap up using CS:GO and will transition to using CS2 moving forward. We don’t know how the Esports scene will change when tournaments will begin using CS2, but expect professional CS:GO players to carefully study CS2 and prepare themselves for the new FPS game in future Esports tournaments.