Valve Datamine Suggests Counter-Strike Mobile Is In Development
A New Counter-Strike Experience?
Counter-Strike was originally released as a mod for Half-Life, and it has come a long way since then. CS:GO, the latest installment in the franchise, was launched over a decade ago and is still the most popular game on Steam, recently breaking its own concurrent player record.
Building on this success, Valve has announced a follow-up titled Counter-Strike 2. This game will feature new visuals and more. However, Valve may be working on an additional Counter-Strike game.
Some strings with variables related to the mobile platform were recently discovered in a datamine, suggesting a mobile Counter-Strike game may be in development.
Counter-Strike 2 is scheduled to launch this summer as a free upgrade to CS:GO for PC. Since Valve’s Source 2 engine works on iOS and Android devices, it is possible that a Counter-Strike mobile game may arrive soon. The game engine can also deploy identical builds between platforms, so cross-progression or cross-play can be expected.
However, this datamine should be taken with a grain of salt as nothing has been officially confirmed yet. There is a chance that this datamine is related to portable devices like the Steam Deck, but it is all speculation at this point, and we advise waiting for an official announcement.
Mobile gaming is currently at its peak and has become the most popular form of gaming, surpassing both PC and console gaming. Mobile releases from Call of Duty and PUBG are dominating the charts. Counter-Strike rival, Valorant is also expected to release a mobile fps soon.
As such, Valve may have used this opportunity to begin development on its own mobile fps game, which could be a game-changer for the platform and mobile esports, thanks to the competitive and skill-based nature of the franchise.