More Counter-Strike 2 patch notes are here from Valve, as the limited test Counter-Strike 2 beta for its long-awaited sequel to one of the best FPS games rolls along. With news that Mirage is replacing classic CSGO icon Dust 2 in the map pool, it’s now been added to the main menu as well. In addition to this, Valve has fixed several bugs and a weapon recoil issue, along with some model updates, showing that Counter-Strike 2 update changes can be rolled out much more quickly thanks to the all-new code.
Valve has previously said that “Counter-Strike 2 is the largest technical leap forward in Counter-Strike’s history, ensuring new features and updates for years to come.” With two sets of patch notes in as many days, the team is already showing how quickly it can respond to issues and deliver upon all manner of bugs or balance issues.
As part of this update, a bug with the new Counter-Strike 2 refunds allowing players to grab free armor has already been fixed, the legacy model should no longer appear when you’re previewing new weapon paint finishes, and several of the guns have had their models updated. In addition to this, Mirage can now be selected as the main menu scenery map, and a bug causing weapon recoil on certain guns to push down instead of up has been corrected.
Counter-Strike 2 patch notes – June 7
- Added Mirage as an option for the main menu scenery map.
- Fixed a regression with weapon recoil on high-punch weapons like MAG-7 sometimes punching weapon view model towards the ground instead of up in the air.
- Improved the look of UMP-45, MAG-7, R8 Revolver, Sawed-Off.
- Fixed legacy models appearing when previewing new weapon paint finishes.
- Fixed a regression where 10-second music cue was sometimes not playing.
- Fixed wooden ladders to play wooden footstep sounds.
- Fixed free armor side-effect of armor refunding.
- Fixed loadout tooltips getting stuck on main menu.
- Fixed a regression with inspecting Huntsman knives.
- Brought back an option to pass number keys through to the game while in buy menu.
- Numerous stability improvements.
Counter-Strike 2 patch notes – June 6
- Mirage has replaced Dust II on official Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test matchmaking servers.
- Introducing Counter-Strike 2 Workshop Tools which can be enabled and downloaded from in-game settings menu–these tools will allow community contributors to create weapon finishes, stickers, and maps.
- Note: the Steam Community Workshop does not yet support uploading CS2 maps.
- The level editor (Hammer) now leverages GPU accelerated raytracing to both preview and bake lighting for CS2 maps. This significantly speeds up compile times, but as a result a GPU capable of raytracing is required for Hammer to be fully functional.
- Hammer GPU Minimum Specs: Nvidia 2060Ti 6gb (2080Ti+ recommended), AMD 6600XT (6800XT+ recommended).
- The player loadout has been revised:
- Players have 1 Starting Pistol slot, 4 Pistol slots, 5 Mid-tier slots (previously “SMGs” and “Heavy”), and 5 Rifle slots, per team.
- Assign any (side-appropriate) weapon to any slot within its category.
- Supports drag-and-drop and has been redesigned to fit in on a single screen.
- The in-game buy menu interface has been revised:
- The wheel has been replaced with a grid showing all purchase options at the same time.
- Teammate purchases are displayed on the buy menu.
- Weapon “stats” display has been replaced with simple straightforward descriptions.
- Players can now refund any purchase that was purchased in the same round and has not been used.
- Existing CS:GO items on the Steam Community Market can be inspected in Counter-Strike 2.
- Sub-tick movement is now more precise and less “floaty” (per player-feedback).
- Releasing movement keys now correctly convey their sub-tick timing.
- The top player of a triple-stack can now shoot.
- Fine-tuned weapon aim punch recovery to be latency-independent during sub-tick recovery on the client.
- Fine-tuned view punch camera shake effect during shooting to be both latency-independent and synchronized with all other sub-tick shooting effects on the client.
- Improved lighting/rendering when smoke overlaps multiple distinctly lit regions.
- HE grenade effect times on smoke has been reduced.
- Shotguns now create larger holes in smoke volumes.
- Adjustments to the viewmodel ‘inspect’ to remove animation popping.
- Several viewmodel and blending animation fixes.
- Improved traversal animation.
- Jumping into the air and running off a ledge is now differentiated to allow for separate character motion.
- Player’s own footstep sounds are now predicted on the client for a latency-independent experience.
- Improved performance and responsiveness in windowed and full-screen windowed modes.
- Fixed several bugs and rendering artifacts.
- Fixed bug that would cause input to become permanently broken when multiple commands were bound to one key. Multi-binds are back, except for jump-throw binds (which are now a skillful part of CS).
- Commands bound to mouse wheels will now be reliably executed.
- Fixed bug that would cause input to execute incorrectly after taking over a bot in practice mode.
- Inspecting weapons is now predicted on the client for a more responsive experience.
- VAC will now live ban and gracefully terminate the match at the end of the round (unless it was the last round and the cheater lost).
- The match will not affect any participants’ Skill Group.
- Players that were not lobbied with the VAC-banned player will earn XP for match.
With these continued updates, we can only hope to see the Counter-Strike 2 release date arrive soon. In the meantime, read up on all the Counter-Strike 2 maps we know about, or check out more of the best multiplayer games to get your competitive edge firing.