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Counter-Strike 2 Officially Released as a Free Update for CS:GO

Counter-Strike 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the popular game Counter-Strike, has finally been released. The game arrives as a free update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), which was already free-to-play. This means that players can easily transition to the new game on Steam.

Valve, the game's developer, did not make any formal announcement about the release in advance. Instead, they teased the launch last week with a simple tweet asking players what they would be doing on the following Wednesday. Counter-Strike enthusiasts quickly caught on, bidding their farewells to CS:GO in anticipation of the new installment.

CS:GO was initially developed as a port of Counter-Strike for home consoles but evolved into a full-fledged sequel. It was released in 2012 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. While console support eventually waned, the game experienced tremendous growth on Steam, particularly after its transition to a free-to-play model in 2018.

CS:GO has consistently topped the Steam charts for years, often surpassing other high-profile game launches. With a peak concurrent player count of 1,818,773 earlier this year, it has outperformed even blockbuster titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Elden Ring, and Baldur's Gate 3. The only game to surpass CS:GO's record was PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in 2018.

Now, with the release of Counter-Strike 2, CS:GO players have seamlessly transitioned to the new game. Valve's changes in this sequel aim to satisfy the passionate and dedicated CS community. Whether they succeed remains to be seen, but this release marks a significant moment in gaming history.

Counter-Strike has undoubtedly earned its place among the best first-person shooter games, and Counter-Strike 2 is expected to continue this legacy.

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