When Will The Next CS:GO Operation Be Released?

Players have been waiting for the next CS:GO operation for a long time now. Operations are often among the most exciting times in CS:GO, as they often result in plenty of new cases and skins, as well as new maps on occasion.

Let’s take a look at when players should expect a new operation to come to CS:GO.

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New CS:GO Operation Release Date?

At the moment, Valve has been tight-lipped on any potential news of an upcoming CS:GO operation, but there are hints that one may be on the way. The first is the recent release of a new case. The Revolution Case was released in February for players to find and unlock, breaking the record for the longest gap between CS:GO cases at 223 days. Valve has a clear interest in supporting CS:GO, and a new operation would be the perfect opportunity to show it.

Understandably, the community is becoming impatient. Other games like Valorant are receiving constant support, and CS:GO players want the same. Players are taking their own approach to push through the content slump. Some players are passing the time by learning to get better at CS:GO community modes like Surf, while others are keeping up with the eSports scene instead. Valve does need to keep players in the loop, so they don’t move to another rival game in the meantime.

If previous operations are anything to go by, Valve may be cooking up something big for players. Valve is always looking for new ways to innovate on the CS:GO formula, with new modes added with each operation. The last operation brought the addition of short competitive games which are perfect for players with less time on their hands. We’re excited to see what Valve brings to the table next.

In the past, CS:GO operations have been a complete surprise. There’s usually no advance announcement, and they drop as part of a normal update. Because of this, you should always have one eye on CS:GO eSports news, as it’s likely where you’ll get the first indication of any operation release.

Past CS:GO Operation Release Dates

In CS:GO Operation Riptide was the last operation released back in September 2021. It isn’t the longest wait that players have faced for a new operation, since that honor belongs to Operation Hydra and Operation Shattered Web (May 2017 – November 2019). At 29 months, it’s an enormous gap between releases. Players will be desperately hoping that the wait for a new operation doesn’t come close to 29 months, though it currently stands at just 17 months. CS:GO recently shattered its all-time player record, so it would be a huge mistake to not provide new content for all of the new players to the community to delve into.

For context, here are the full release dates of every CS:GO new operation to date:

  • Operation Riptide – September 21, 2021
  • Operation Broken Fang – December 3, 2020
  • Operation Shattered Web – November 18, 2019
  • Operation Hydra – May 23, 2017
  • Operation Wildfire – February 17, 2016
  • Operation Bloodhound – May 26, 2015
  • Operation Vanguard  – November 11, 2014
  • Operation Breakout – July 1, 2014
  • Operation Phoenix – February 20, 2014
  • Operation Bravo – September 19, 2013
  • Operation Payback – April 25, 2013

Removing the 29-month anomaly, the wait for a new CS:GO operation usually doesn’t extend beyond a year. It’s why the current wait is extremely unusual for Valve, and because of this we definitely expect a new operation to arrive for CS:GO in 2023.