The other day, Valve made an official announcement about Counter-Strike 2, validating every rumor, leak, and proposal floating in the gaming community over the past few months. Skilled dataminers have unearthed code hinting that Counter-Strike 2 may be playable on mobile devices someday. This information supports the hypothesis.
Screencaps were submitted to Twitter by the user aquaismissing, who calls themselves a self-proclaimed Counter-Strike 2 expert. The screencaps refer to some mobile products. While there aren’t too many references to it, there is sufficient evidence to imply that Counter-Strike 2 might have a handheld port at some point in the future.
It Does Make Reason, Doesn’t It?
Given that CS: GO and VALORANT are direct competitors in the gaming space, it is common knowledge that Riot Games is attempting to port VALORANT to mobile devices (and consoles, apparently). The Valve must work to compete, given that VALORANT and CS: GO are both direct competitors. At first, it did not appear that this would be conceivable, but now that Counter-Strike 2 exists – running on the Source 2 engine that is compatible with iOS and Android – it is possible.
Since Source 2 supports iOS and Android, Counter-Strike 2 Mobile might actually be a real thing 😳 pic.twitter.com/SJi8GZMawJ
— Aquarius (@aquaismissing) March 23, 2023
The number of references that allude to the existence of a mobile product is extremely limited, yet there needs to be more evidence to thrill fans of handheld video games.
In the screencaps, we can identify pathways associated with mobile textures, a designation indicating a low bitrate, and references in a console to how ‘FPS’mobile fps’ would be handled when the device was charging or being touched.
However, some sharp-eyed Twitter users have reported that this code is also present in Dota 2’s files (which we haven’t validated), suggesting that it could just be some relic or a legacy script hiding in the shadows. This is something that we have not verified.
On the other side, a few players believe this may be a setup to bring Counter-Strike 2 to Valve’s Steam Deck.
It may be nothing at all or an indirect reference to a mobile port of Counter-Strike 2. What are your thoughts?