Gameplay changes, bug fixes, new UI, and more

Gameplay changes, bug fixes, new UI, and more

Valve’s latest offering, Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), has taken the CS:GO playerbase by storm with its unexpected launch. While veterans and inquisitive members of the community did catch on to Valve’s hints regarding CS2’s launch, the exact release time wasn’t established. However, after CS:GO servers worldwide shut down out of the blue, including the one hosting ESL Pro League Season 18, fans were certain that their age-long wait was finally about to end.

Along with the game, Valve released the official notes for Counter-Strike 2’s release patch. Below, you can find all the new changes Valve has implemented for CS2, including bug fixes, changes to gameplay and matchmaking, improved UI, and more.

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Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) release notes for 9/29/2023 (September 29)


  • Fixed a case where grenade sounds were missing when exploding in-air
  • Added separate sounds for grenades landing in vs. out of the playable area


  • Fixed a case where both terrorists in a Wingman match would appear to have the bomb


  • Various bug fixes for the Vulkan renderer
  • Updated Phoenix Soldier icon to reflect recent balaclava color change
  • Fixed a rendering issue in the nametag inspect panel
  • Disallowed binding toggleconsole to mouse1 since it was preventing normal menu interactions
  • Various bug fixes and tweaks to weapon finishes and stickers
  • Fixed a case where surrender votes would incorrectly fail


  • Fixed a case where foot pinning wasn’t active


  • Various bug fixes and tweaks to Ancient

Perfect World

  • Players who launch the game in China and have previously accepted the Steam China Subscriber Agreement will now get a prompt at launch which allows selecting “-perfectworld” or “-worldwide” mode
  • Launch prompt can be activated with “-promptperfectworld” command line flag or completely bypassed if “-perfectworld” or “-worldwide” command line flag is used

Community dedicated servers

  • To launch a community-dedicated server, you can use this reference command line: cs2 -dedicated +map de_dust2
  • To enable logging, add to your server commandline: +sv_logfile 1 -serverlogging
  • Or add to a config file:
  1. sv_logfile 1
  2. log on
  • To enable HTTP logaddress forwarding, ensure logging is enabled as above and use: logaddress_add_http “:
  • Dispatched logs can be handled the same way as CS:GO

Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) release notes for 9/28/2023 (September 28)


  • Fixed missing win/loss/MVP music in Casual


  • Put range clamps on r_fullscreen_gamma, r_texture_stream_max_resolution, and r_character_decal_resolution
  • Fixed smokes not rendering correctly on AMD GPUs on Linux


  • Adjusted grenade throw animations to reduce view obstruction
  • Fixed a case where players would float a few inches off the ground after spawning


  • Various bug fixes and tweaks to Mirage and Overpass


  • Various bug fixes and tweaks to weapon finishes and stickers
  • Updated Phoenix Soldier balaclava from green to original red color
  • Fixed missing pouches on certain SWAT agents


  • Fixed a bug where loadout shuffle would never happen
  • Increased clickable area of sellback buttons in buy menu
  • Fixed a case where the death panel would stay on-screen after respawning quickly
  • Disabled CSTV and demo recording temporarily to increase server availability so more people can play

Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) release notes for 9/27/2023 night (September 27)


  • Weapon sounds will no longer sound like they come from the spot you are zoomed into


  • Updated water in Nuke to fix an issue with smoke
  • Reduced maximum amount of water refraction since it was looking too noisy/distracting


  • Fixed a case where the death panel wouldn’t show
  • Fixed a case where the preview crosshair wouldn’t show in game settings
  • Fixed a case where debug text would appear on the crosshair

Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) release notes for 9/27/2023 (September 27)

Counter-Strike 2

  • Counter-Strike 2 is now available and free to play
  • Season One of Premier has begun


  • Enabled Competitive matchmaking
  • Enabled Wingman matchmaking
  • Enabled Private Matchmaking
  • Added Training Day, a brief introductory experience for brand-new players
  • Improved player-against-player movement collision
  • Improved consistency of bullet penetration
  • Player reflections in water are now occluded by smoke
  • Molotov fire now floats above the water
  • Fixed character ambient occlusion being visible through walls
  • C4 bomb lights don’t reflect through walls
  • Fixed some rare cases of viewmodel lighting corruption
  • Adjusted smoke behavior to cover cases where smoke would stop less than a player’s height above the ground
  • Fix various bugs with switching teams in the middle of offline Deathmatch
  • Fixed Famas reloading too early
  • Chickens can finally fall off Vertigo


  • Added the new CS2 default music kit
  • Added new audio customization settings
  • Various mix tweaks and adjustments
  • Various bug fixes related to music kits
  • Updated the game startup sound
  • Added background ambience to main menu scenes
  • Restored the clutch_mode_toggle function
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes c4 defuse and planting sounds could not be heard in certain locations
  • Fixed some surfaces being incorrectly tagged, causing incorrect footstep sounds in certain locations
  • Fixed a bug where attackers could not hear headshot feedback through wallbangs or smokes
  • Body damage feedback for attackers will now play within the same distance as it does for onlookers through smokes and wallbangs
  • Fixed a bug where scoping in affected directional sound
  • First person damage sounds are now more impactful
  • Removed several legacy audio convars that existed in CS:GO but never had an effect in CS2


  • Adjusted character additive lean animation
  • Adjusted jump animation, particularly when repeatedly jumping
  • Adjusted jiggle-peeking animation
  • Adjusted animated character head position relative to camera position
  • Added bullet belt to negev
  • Reduced foot sliding when carrying slower weapons
  • Fixed character momentarily standing during crouch-planting animation
  • Fixed incorrect viewmodel deploy speeds
  • Fixed pops in some weapon inspect animations
  • Inspecting weapons may now interrupt deploy animation


  • When one or more party members get convicted of cheating and permanently banned, all their associates will be penalized with loss of Profile Rank and CS Rating
  • In Premier, players with a very high established CS Rating are not allowed to party with accounts that do not have an established CS Rating


  • Various bug fixes and tweaks for all shipped maps
  • Adjusted vertical audio occlusion boundaries in Nuke and Vertigo
  • Added an extra bell in Inferno
  • Casual and Deathmatch maps are now separated into multiple map groups


  • CS:GO Players who started playing more than a week ago will receive a commemorative CS:GO coin and CS:GO Music Kit
  • Added Store tab to main menu
  • Enabled all interactions with inventory items
  • Replaced weekly drops with a weekly Care Package. Choose from weapon cases, weapon finishes, and graffiti
  • Added demo playback support
  • Added the ability to favorite and shuffle loadout items
  • Added new item icons
  • Office and Vertigo are available as main menu scenery
  • Various updates for weapon finishes, including fixing overly strong wear on several Custom Paint Job finishes
  • Reworked Phoenix Street Soldier balaclava texture to resolve visibility issues
  • Enabled animated eyes on agent character models

Workshop Tools

  • Game clients running in workshop tools mode are not allowed to connect to VAC secure game servers
  • Added an all-new help system featuring contextually relevant guides and information. Guides include grayscale value ranges for alpha channel masking, paint-by-number mask color assignments based on current finish type, and much more!
  • Removed dynamic props from solid color inspect backgrounds

Within just minutes after the game’s launch, players flocked to the server to try their first game of Counter-Strike 2. Even though approximately a million players had already experienced the CS2 limited beta, playing the game post-launch evokes a range of emotions for every Counter-Strike enthusiast out there.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for more news and guides on the latest Counter-Strike 2 (CS2).

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