Last week, ‘Gabefollower,’ a well-known Valve insider and content creator, discovered two new executables in the latest NVIDIA drivers named “csgos2.exe” and “cs2.exe.” These names are likely referring to Counter-Strike Global Offensive 2 and Counter-Strike 2. This discovery sparked rumors about a new Counter-Strike game.
One week later, reputable esports journalist and tournament host Richard Lewis has come forward with information he received from various sources regarding a new version of Counter-Strike built on the Source 2 engine. According to Lewis, a beta for the new game could be happening as early as later this month.
“Speaking under the condition of anonymity sources with knowledge of the game’s development told us that indeed there was a new version of Counter-Strike on its way and that had been worked on for some time.”
It’s not yet clear whether this new version of Counter-Strike will be named Counter-Strike 2 or simply an updated version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive utilizing Valve’s Source 2 engine. While there hasn’t been an official announcement from Valve regarding a new Counter-Strike game, the recent discoveries and reports suggest that it may be in the works.
Valve released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, also known as CS:GO, in 2012 on multiple platforms, utilizing the company’s previous Source engine. Valve announced the successor to the Source engine, Source 2, in 2015, with DOTA 2 being the first game to utilize it. Another well-known game, Half-Life: Alyx, is also built on Valve’s Source engine, serving as the company’s VR-based Half-Life game, taking place five years before the events of the popular Half-Life 2.