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Counter-Strike 2

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[e][h]Counter-Strike 2
Game Information
Valve Corporation
Release Date(s):
Summer 2023
Microsoft Windows

Counter-Strike 2 (abbreviated CS2) is an upcoming online first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation. It is the fifth official game in the main Counter-Strike series and the eigth game in all, being the successor to Global Offensive. The game is currently in a "Limited Test" for Microsoft Windows after being announced to the public on March 22, 2023, with a release date set for Summer 2023.

Game Modes[edit]

CS2 features the same five game modes for online and offline play as Global Offensive.


Deathmatch is a versus mode featuring instant respawning with the ability to purchase any primary and secondary weapons with no regards to the money economy. Each match lasts 10 minutes and can be played on all CS:GO maps regardless of their original intended game mode. The team with the highest points wins the round.

Arms Race[edit]

Arms Race is a gun-progression mode featuring instant respawning and many close-quarter combat situations. After registering two kills with each weapon, players receive their next one immediately as they work their way through each weapon in the game. Getting one kill with the final weapon, a golden knife, will make the final killer win the match.


In the Demolition mode, the teams take turns attacking and defending a single bombsite in a series of maps designed for fast-paced gameplay. Players are automatically granted a starting weapon, and advance through a sequence of firearms when they register a kill. If you’re up for the challenge, you can try to get a kill each round and reach the ultimate weapons, powerful sniper rifles!

Classic Casual & Competitive[edit]

Classic modes provide 5 versus 5 competition in a best-of-30 rounds match in either Defuse or Hostage missions. In the beginning of each round, players can purchase weapons and gear with money earned from various actions from killing an opponent to completing an objective. In the Casual mode, players automatically receive body armor and defuse kits.

  • Competitive

Competitive mode puts players in a competitive game in which they can rank up or down. The player is labeled as "Unranked" until achieving their first 10 wins in the gamemode. Prior to reaching this, each two games won will give the player a temporary cooldown for 21 hours. It is in a first to 16 out of 30 rounds format (16/30.) Ranks range from Silver I which is the lowest rank to The Global Elite which is the highest rank.

  • Defuse Mode

In the Defuse mode, players compete against each other in a bomb defusal game. If time runs out prior to planting the bomb, the bomb is defused, or if all the terrorists are dead before the bomb was planted, the Counter-Terrorists win. If the bomb is successfully blown up or if all the CTs are killed prior to time running out, the Terrorists win.

  • Hostage Rescue

In Hostage Rescue, players go against each other in a hostage rescue mission. If hostages are harmed, the player who inflicted the damage loses money. CS:GO introduces the ability to carry the hostages, where older titles had the hostages simply follow the player. Once a hostage is picked up, the round receives additional time. If the hostages are rescued or if the terrorists are killed before time runs out, the Counter-Terrorists win. If the Counter-Terrorists die, the Terrorists win.


The Wingman game mode consists of 2 versus 2 Competitive matches on modified maps with only one bombsite in a best-of-16 game.