Nope, Counter-Strike 2 Ain’t Real
Journalists seem to be a bit too excited making the headlines about this. According to a GeForce Experience/NVIDIA driver leak, dataminers have found an executable file named “csgos2.exe”. This led some people to believe Valve was working on a successor to CS:GO. What made matters worse, is Richard Lewis wrote a post saying that Counter-Strike 2 is real and “round the corner,” further fueling the fire for Counter-Strike fans to get excited.
Hate to burst your bubble, but this isn’t the case. The “CS2” reference in the NVIDIA leak is actually a reference to a project that ended development in 2009 – which, according to Tyler McVicker, was headed by Minh-Le, one of the co-creators of the Counter-Strike series. This project would later be picked up on and be known as Tactical Intervention. Valve apparently sent hardware “to third-parties to be able to test and prepare themselves for the Counter-Strike source to build” but that hardware contained this “CS2” executable file.
The reality is CS:GO is actually getting ported to Source 2. This will allow official and workshop developers “access to the incredibly improved Source 2 tools” for expanded in-game content. This has been a long time in the making, but evidently we’ll be seeing “public releases and announcements” within the next two months.
See Tyler’s video for more details.