Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) is bidding adieu for good as Counter-Strike 2 now been announced as its replacement at the start of 2024.
No more CSGO
Counter-Strike Global Offensive, which was released in 2012 has been one of the most popular competitive shooting games of all time and over the years, it grew into a popular game and by far the most-played game on Steam.
As it aged, fans grew impatient for a new release or a revamp to the game that was still running on an outdated engine.
In September 2023, after much anticipation, CS2 was released, which is an overhaul of CSGO on the Source engine. It entirely replaced the previous game but CS:GO remained playable through a launch option for CS2. However, that is gone forever.
CS:GO has been ceased
Following the release of CS2, Valve clarified the speculation regarding the future of CSGO. Unfortunately, fans, who hope to still play the old version will no longer be able to play the game. The developers confirmed that support for CSGO would cease entirely on January 1, 2024.
Until that date, the game was playable through the CS:GO Legacy Version, available in the ‘betas’ menu of CS2’s properties.
But, Valve explained, “After January 1, 2024 the game will still be available, but certain functionality that relies on compatibility with the Game Coordinator (e.g., access to inventory) may degrade and/or fail.”
This indicates that the Legacy Version option will still exist, but with the development team no longer looking after it and there is a good chance that it will be functionally inoperable.
It is needless to say that all eyes will be on Counter-Strike 2, and Valve’s upcoming plans with the franchise. The game had a mixed reaction from the fans since its release, and player counts have fallen over the months. However, the Counter-Strike community is optimistic that future updates will bring back the game’s former glory.