Valve revealed several intriguing new features for its much-anticipated sequel, Counter-Strike 2, undeniably, drawing inspiration from Riot’s Valorant. Players can look forward to new quality-of-life features such as selling back accidentally bought items and a revised loadout system.
The new sell-back feature is designed for when a player unintentionally purchases a weapon or equipment. This option enables the player to sell back the unwanted item for a full refund, which they can then use to buy their desired item. This is a much-needed solution for a problem that has often led to inconvenience and tactical difficulties in gameplay.
The other significant introduction is a new loadout system. Players can now select 15 weapons from three different categories for each match. There is now increased flexibility as these loadouts can be customized individually for both the Counter-Terrorist and Terrorist sides. According to Valve, players can choose “any 5 pistols, any 5 mid-tier weapons, and any 5 rifles” for their loadouts, which includes popular weapons like the M4A4 and M4A1-S.
Any 5 pistols, any 5 mid-tier weapons, and any 5 rifles. Today's Counter-Strike 2 update introduces a revised loadout system where players select 15 weapons from 3 categories on CT and T-side to bring with them into matches. Including the M4A4 and M4A1-S. pic.twitter.com/enl7mW9qnT
— CS2 (@CounterStrike) June 6, 2023
News of these features has fueled rampant excitement following Counter-Strike 2’s announcement in March. Valve reported that the announcement led to a record-breaking surge in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players, with over 1.5 million concurrent players on Steam.
While eager fans continue to speculate and look forward to the new game, Counter-Strike 2 is currently without a firm release date, with a summer 2023 window being the only hint offered by Valve. The game will be available on PC, but there is no information regarding a console release.
Introducing these features promises to bring a new dynamic to the Counter-Strike gameplay, marrying the series’ well-loved elements with fresh mechanics to enhance the player experience. As we approach its launch, the anticipation for Counter-Strike 2 continues to build, with these new features adding to the excitement of what is shaping up to be a landmark release for Valve.