Valve have officially announced the launch of Counter-Strike 2 in the Summer of this year and started a limited test of the game with the updated engine.
"Counter-Strike 2 is the largest technical leap forward in Counter-Strike history, ensuring new features and updates for years to come. All of the game’s new features will be revealed when it officially launches this Summer, but the road to Counter-Strike 2 begins today as a Limited Test for select CS:GO players. During this testing period, we’ll be evaluating a subset of features to shake out any issues before the worldwide release. Counter-Strike 2 arrives this Summer as a free upgrade to CS:GO. So build your loadout, hone your skills, and prepare yourself for what’s next!" noted the Valve statement.
The developer promises improved sound, video and other effects in the game, as well as additional convenient features for developers of new maps.
"The Limited Test only evaluates a subset of Counter-Strike 2's features, so that major issues can be resolved before the Summer. But there’s much more to come. In just a few months we’ll reveal all of the details of Counter-Strike 2, and we can’t wait to share it with you," Valve noted.