by Jur Dava in
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Despite being released in September 2023, Counter-Strike 2 is still plagued with numerous bugs. From camera problems to invisible walls and issues with weapons and equipment, CS2 has it all. And yet, the list of bugs continues to grow.

On Tuesday, January 2, Counter-Strike 2 players spotted another bug revolving around the interaction between smoke grenades and Molotov fire.

Besides being a useful tactical item to create openings and smoke off enemies’ vision, smoke grenades in Counter-Strike can also be used to extinguish the fire caused by Molotov grenades. This purpose is still present in the latest instalment of CS; however, it doesn’t always work as intended.

As shown by a player in a short clip posted on Reddit, a smoke grenade didn’t extinguish the flames instantly when it hit the flames – as it should. It instead bounced off the blazing ground, leaving the helpless players to die in fire.

Others pointed out that the Molotov bug has different variations. Sometimes the smoke grenade will extinguish the fire, however, with a delay, leaving the players to take additional damage regardless of how quickly they react.

This, unfortunately, isn’t a new bug but a problem that has been in the game for quite some time. And yet, there is no fix in sight.

Counter-Strike 2 was released in September 2023 as one of the most anticipated games of the year. With success Counter-Strike: Global Offensive enjoyed over the last decade, CS2 was expected to modernise the 11-year-old game and elevate the Counter-Strike esports scene.

Four months after, this has not been the case.

Valve did a fine job transitioning the CS esports scene to Counter-Strike 2, hosting several big events on CS2 without any major game-breaking issues.
However, two months ahead of the first CS2 Major – PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 – the game still has a lot of problems.

Most major bugs, such as the “Michael Jackson lean,” visual and weapon problems, and wonky movement, have been addressed. But as seen by the community’s outcries, the game needs a lot more work to be up to par with its predecessor.

The numerous bugs also contributed to the steady decline in the Counter-Strike playerbase. While the average player count sits at just under 800,000, the peak player count has dropped from over 1.5 million in September to just over 1.1 million at the start of January.

Bugs are prevalent with new game releases, and even Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had its fair share of problems at launch. So, while CS2 needs more work, Valve has experience fixing games that don’t work as intended.

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