Counter-Strike 2 Development Halted With CS:GO ‘Legacy Version’ Offered in Exchange
Valve has confirmed they are not continuing the development of Counter-Strike 2 and have instead released a “Legacy Version” of the vastly popular Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO). The decision follows recent reports that the team had been working to bring CS:GO to a World of Warcraft-style monthly subscription model.
The “legacy version” serves as an homage to the original Counter-Strike, complete with classic maps, weapons, and game modes from Valve’s original. It comes with all of the greatness of modern CS:GO in terms of graphics, balance, matchmaking, and tournaments – but here, players will join the “Legacy Version” servers instead. This allows players to experience the same classic game they know and love, all while keeping features such as leaderboards and tournament support alive and kicking.
Counter-Strike 2 was initially teased as an official entry in the Counter-Strike series back in 2014, and Valve has now opted to shelve the project in favor of the Legacy Version. Valve’s Gabe Newell was asked about the decision in a recent interview, to which he responded:
“We want to continue to provide our Counter-Strike community with a great place to play and experience the game they know and love. We believe that the ‘Legacy Version’ of Counter-Strike Global Offensive is a great way for us to offer our existing and prospective players a great version of the game, without the additional risks associated with implementing a full sequel in a highly competitive environment.”
Valve has had a rich history that has seen the company releasing games and content updates to keep its fan base happy. The “Legacy Version” is just one more example of the company’s commitment to its fans and its desire to keep the original Counter-Strike experience alive. If you’re a fan of the original, this is your chance to join and experience a classic, without fear of “updates” breaking your beloved game.