An extended-circulating rumor that Valve is getting ready to launch a brand new model of Counter-Strike: World Offensive on its newest game engine was boosted this week after knowledge miner Aquarius discovered a config profile referred to as “Counter-strike 2” in Nvidia’s newest drivers. The profile references “csgos2.exe,” and there is actually not a lot that might stand for in addition to “CS:GO Source 2.” (Except… CS:GO Splatoon 2 crossover?)

I had a peek on the driver knowledge utilizing Nvidia Profile Inspector and might affirm that the csgos2.exe profile is there (I do not know why anybody would make that up, nevertheless it’s the web, so I checked). A extra express reference to a CS:GO “source2” Nvidia config was additionally posted on Twitter by Gabe Follower, whose title maybe helps clarify why the Valve founder hides out in New Zealand typically.

None of this essentially signifies that a Source 2 model of CS:GO is imminent, nevertheless it would not be stunning. Dota 2 moved to Source 2 all the way in which again in 2015.

CS:GO will in all probability move to Source 2 ultimately, so the larger query could also be how a lot it issues. When Dota 2 moved to Source 2, Valve added the Customized Video games function, which was a fairly large deal that finally led to the creation of the autobattler style. However I’ve already performed bizarro Mario Celebration in CS:GO, so customized video games are nicely coated by the CS:GO map-making and modding group. Possibly Valve will add one thing else thrilling at any time when it brings CS:GO to its newest tech, but when it is actually simply an update to the equipment beneath de_dust, the common participant might not discover a lot when the change occurs.

Really, Gabe Follower just lately tried porting CS:GO to Source 2 himself in lieu of an official Valve port, and stated that he thinks “virtually nothing will change” about CS:GO’s gameplay because of this, besides that spatial audio simulation might enhance—the engine change can be extra about long-term, behind-the-scenes enhancements, he thinks. Valve apparently requested Gabe Follower to cease recreating CS:GO in Source 2, which isn’t very stunning whether or not or not Valve is working by itself port.

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It is doable that Valve will go all out and the Source 2 update will actually really feel like CS:GO 2.0, however the Counter-Strike knowledge hounds aren’t taking the Nvidia profile’s “Counter-strike 2” title very critically. There’s additionally a reference to “cs2.exe” within the driver, however Aquarius does not assume which means something, both.

“Appears like ‘cs2.exe’ isn’t related, I believe it may be a leftover from 2014, which could be confirmed by a leak from that point,” they stated.

I’ve requested Valve for remark, nevertheless it hasn’t commented on the previous CS:GO Source 2 rumors, so I think we can’t hear extra till it is able to casually toss up a weblog publish on the subject on some random Wednesday afternoon.