Counter Strike 2 release date speculation and limited test dates

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Valve has unexpectedly announced the release of Counter Strike 2 and has caught everyone’s attention. Counter Strike is one of the most influential competitive shooters that helped shape the Esports landscape as we know it. Now that it's been announced, we want to know what the Counter Strike 2 release date is. We have all of the latest news.

Naturally, we’re curious to know what Valve has in store for us. Valve released three trailers showcasing various new additions to the game and has also released a website for the latest updates.

If you want to learn more about the latest rendition of the legendary Counter-Strike series, be sure to check our guides on how to get access to the limited test and whether the game is free to play.

Counter Strike 2 release date speculation

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Counter Strike 2 has not been given a full release date yet. However, Valve has confirmed that the game will release in the Summer of 2023. We can expect it to drop anywhere between May and July, but remember that this date is only tentative.

According to a statement by the Valve spokesperson:

"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."

This means the game’s development is progressing smoothly, however, they are still testing all the new changes to ensure a quality release.

We can only wonder how long this update has been in development and how much longer the project might require. For now, we just know that it’s real and coming real soon. For fans of the competitive FPS genre, that’s definitely news worth getting excited about.

Steam has already provided a FAQ page for anyone curious about more details. You can also head over to the Counter Strike 2 website for more of the latest information.

What is Counter Strike 2?


Counter Strike 2 has been announced as a free upgrade to CS:GO. This means owners of the original game can enjoy the update free of cost.

Everyone, from newbies to veterans, have good reason to be excited about this new release. The fresh new coat of paint is sure to revive the online Counter Strike scene back to its glory days.

Be sure to check out our other guides for the latest Counter Strike 2 news and reported features, such as carrying over items and how to access the beta.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Counter Strike 2 page.