CS:GO Part 2 (The Sequel) [The Continuation] {Volume II}

Gijs Verhoeff
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Rumours are rumours, until they aren’t. Richard Lewis has confirmed what had already been leaked before our last edition: Source 2 is on it’s way. Of course, we know one source is really no source, but when it comes to sauce on Source 2, we’ll trust this source. Sorse.

Basically, anonymous sources tell Lewis that Source 2 CS:GO (not CS:GO 2!!) is coming and that:

  • It will improve graphics
  • It might make it run worse on old systems
  • It will bring 128 tick MM servers
  • It will overhaul and (hopefully) improve matchmaking (eliminating the need for FACEIT or ESEA)

Now the community has already gotten their knickers in a twist over all this news, so we’ll slowly walk you through what this all means, plus some other changes we believe Conter-Strik Too: Electric Boogaloo might bring.

Claims we deem dubious

Source 2 will make CS harder to run! You know what else runs on Source 2? HL: Alyx. Both CS and Alyx have something in common: they need a lot of FPS. One’s to prevent you from getting motion sickness, and the other is to prevent you from blaming your FPS instead of your skills. We think it might not be that bad.

Source 2 will majorly change the physics and ruin nades, peeking, bhopping! Nades and peeking? probably not. Valve has been working on Source 2 for a while now - remember, Source 2 has been out since 2015 - we think Valve’s top priority is keeping that distinctive Counter-Strike feel. As for bunnyhopping, depends on what Valve wants.

Source 2 will delete my Dragon Lore! No, it won’t. Do you really think Valve would delete their only monetisation of their game for no reason? Think, reader, think.

Claims we deem not so dubious

Source 2 will make matchmaking better! Yes. We think Valve really does want to completely overhaul MM, because anyone who hasn’t lived under a rock for the last five years knows it’s absolute dog poo. This is their opportunity bypass FACEIT and ESEA, by adding 128 tick and a better matchmaking system.

Watching demos will become a breeze with Source 2! Source 2 and Source 1 are completely different engines. The new engine might mean improved demo playback.

Mapping will finally become fun again! FMPONE has proved this already, having covered the new Hammer editor extensively, and showing us that compiling (exporting) the map might take longer, but the new engine has brought the editor into this decade.

So in short, Source 2 might be boring for us folks. New matchmaking, slightly newer visuals, and 128 tick is all we will probably get. But mappers get better tools, and Valve gets something less spaghetti-coded.

Don’t Panic.

March 5, 2023

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