Counter-Strike: Global Offensive could be ported to the Source 2 engine in as little as two months, according to leaks from various members of the game’s community.
CS:GO’s old Source engine has kept the game incredibly simple, but as time wears on, the FPS is struggling to keep up with more recently-released competitors. Games like Valorant have put Valve on notice, and things need to be spruiked up.
An engine update to Source 2 has been what players have called on Valve to introduce for years, and now, they might be getting their wishes.
In a recent video, Valve News Network owner Tyler McVicker let loose Source 2 was coming in as little as two months — give or take a few weeks for ‘Valve Time.’ This was backed up by ‘Nors3’, who said “reliable sources” told him it’s coming.
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“About Source 2 being released in CS:GO in 2 months: it seems trustworthy because I heard from reliable sources,” he said, “but with Valve you can never be 100% confident with unofficial dates.”
About Source 2 being released in CSGO in 2 months: it seems trustworthy because I heard from reliable sources BUT with Valve you can never be 100% confident with unofficial dates. Better multiply it by two.
Anyway I'm not sure about it yet, have to check personally and ask more.
— NorS2021 (@Nors3) March 23, 2020
While the speculation might not come as a surprise to players — after all, rumors have been circulating for months, and even years — with more people coming forward with a release window in mind, it might actually become reality.
Two months from now puts us directly after the originally planned dates for the Rio Major in May, so the Source 2 update wouldn’t have disrupted any major tournaments if the window is to be believed.
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However, while Source 2 is reportedly coming, players shouldn’t expect the release to be all smooth sailing. The update will introduce a lot of bugs that will need to be patched out. A year-long beta period is being touted for the new engine.
There are already aspects of Source 2 in CS:GO. While there’s no gameplay altering elements of the updated engine in the almost-decade-old shooter, the Panorama UI update in 2018 was the start of the game’s port over.
Since then, various leaks have confirmed more elements on their way. A Dota 2 update in February 2020 included strings of code for CS:GO Source 2, including updates to rendering, shadows, and skyboxes.
While none of these changes have been shipped in the FPS yet, it’s a look forward to what players should expect from the update. The game won’t look that different, but it’ll feel smoother to play with new physics and rendering.
Of course, without any official word from Valve — which we won’t get until just before the engine is shipped — it’ll be impossible to put to rest any doubts about Source 2 arriving into CS:GO soon.
However, given the current state CS:GO finds itself in, a new engine could be what brings new players for years to come, instead of flocking to other games.