Counter-Strike 2 Trademark suggests new game in progress

Counter-Strike has been on PC retail shelves since 2000 and has seen various updates over the past 23 years, including new games and content for one of Valve’s flagship titles. The most recent entry, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has been here for almost 11 years; it has seen various updates itself.

Earlier we mentioned that Global Offensive recently moved Source 2 to their pre-release branch. Interestingly, a name “Left 4 Dead 3” was found in this code, and while that’s not confirmation that a third Left 4 Dead will become a reality, it’s still weird to find in a Counter-Strike build. In fact, information surfaced this morning that Valve seems to have filed new counter-strike-related trademarks, and among them Counter-Strike 2 is in the group. Twitter user Aquarius tweeted about it, and you can see that below.

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— Aquarius (@aquaismissing) March 17, 2023

Considering these marks were submitted four days ago, the same day that our last Counter-Strike and Source 2 coverage took place, it only seems more realistic that Counter-Strike players could expect a brand new entry or massive title update that turns Global Offensive into a brand new game. For now, though, we’ll have to see if that translates into a new entry, as this hasn’t been confirmed or denied by Valve yet. It also begs the question: since Global Offensive is free and Valve is making an entirely new Counter-Strike product as a separate entity from Global Offensive, will it be a paid game?

Oddly, an entirely new game doesn’t seem to be the case, as Aquarius only recently chimed in again, tweeting updates on CS:GO registration. You can view the new registry changes for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive below.

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Almost called. I think there will be no ‘win32’.

— Aquarius (@aquaismissing) March 18, 2023

As it stands now, it seems like a major engine update might be the course of action Valve eventually takes. That being said, a major engine update can either make things run much better or break multiple parts of the game that may require patches to fix. When this engine update is released, more information will likely be released.

As for the information presented to us here, we need to clarify what Perfect World and Valve have in store. This story is currently evolving and we will provide updates on the status of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when available. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is exclusively playable on Steam and is completely free. As always, we encourage our readers to consider this information as rumor pending an official announcement.