Updated at August 16, 1:01 a.m. (GMT+8): Adjusted article to show the date the update was released accurately.
Finally, after what feels like an eternity, Valve has released an update for the Counter-Strike 2 limited test.
In an update that shipped on June 7, the developers have swapped out Dust 2 for Mirage in CS2, and made some pretty monumental changes to buying along with the ability to build a loadout.
CS2 rolls out more big changes, pivoting further from CSGO
Unlike Valorant, Counter-Strike has long been unforgiving when it comes to making mistakes with your purchases. If you mistakenly bought an HE grenade before armor and now don’t have enough cash, well, too bad.
Those days are over. Similar to how Valorant does it, players will now be able to return purchases during the freeze time of each round should they wish to change up their plan or fix a mistake.
And before anyone talks about how CS is copying Riot’s first-person shooter, let’s remember that CS is essentially the basis for Valorant — they copied all of it!
In addition to the reselling, players can now choose loadouts heading into matches. Previously you were limited in some regards, like being able to take either the M4A4 or M4A1-S, never both.
Now you can choose “any 5 pistols, any 5 mid-tier weapons, and any 5 rifles. Today’s 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,” according to the tweet.
Another massive change CS2 is bringing to the popular franchise. Thus far, both adjustments seem to be welcomed with open arms by the community.
There are also various performance improvements, sub-tick finetuning, and more in the update. You can read the full patch notes here.