Counter-Strike 2 is free to play. All of your skins and loadouts will transfer to the new game.

Counter-Strike 2 has been confirmed with significant improvements to maps, gameplay, performance as well as UI. The sub-tick rates added further enhance the reach of Counter-Strike Source 2. But is Counter-Strike 2 free-to-play?

Is CS2 free to play?

Yes, Counter-Strike 2 is free to play. Furthermore, all weapon skins from CS:GO will move over to Counter-Strike 2. 

Valve has confirmed Counter-Strike 2 will be free to play. The game launches in Summer 2023 and brings with it several updates and changes.

Some of the changes include

  • Sub Tick rates
  • Better Maps including existing and new ones
  • Changes to Smokes in Counter-Strike 2

After keeping silent on Counter-Strike 2 for several years, Valve has finally dropped the bombshell of the news. The CS2 beta is currently available and players are selected based on certain criteria.

Valve has also confirmed existing skins and load-outs will transfer to CS2. So players can expect to have their entire inventory move over to CS2 when it releases. Some of the lower-tier skins will also have improved graphics and better visuals in the new game.

Following the CS:GO free-to-play model

(Image Credit: Valve / Aquarius)
(Image Credit: Valve / Aquarius)

Counter-Strike Source 2 will follow CS:GO’s monetization method. Despite releasing CS:GO as a paid game, Valve transitioned to a free-to-play model in 2018.

The move to free-to-play involved giving existing CS:GO playerbase some cosmetic skins and a prime status that distinguishes them from new players. Thankfully, CS2 will be completely free-to-play from the get-go and should help get many new players to the game.

Valve has been slowly allowing more and more players into the CS2 beta while also adding new features to the game. Here are CS2's System requirements as well as how to download CS2.