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Counter-Strike Global Offensive confirmed

By Mark 'XOXOmark' Emmerson
Aug 12, 2011 20:48

ImageValve have officially announced that Counter-Strike Global Offensive will be released in early 2012.

Following reports of Valve working on Counter-Strike Global Offensive earlier today, Valve have officially announced that the CS:GO, the newest sequel of the world renowned Counter-Stike series, will be released in early 2012 on Steam, as well as the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

According to the official press release, Global Offensive will feature new and exciting in-game content, such as new maps and weapons, as well as leaderboards, match-making and ranking systems.

Official press release on

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).

Targeted for release via Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).

CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

"Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."

CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment. The title is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year's PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.

According to sources of however, Counter-Strike Global Offensive will be aimed more at the console market and therefore the company will continue to support Counter-Strike: Source.

An email sent to by on of their inside sources:

CS:GO isn't a replacement for CSS. It is going to be mainly aimed at the console market (Xbox and PS3) as a download (like bf1943 etc)

They have promised to continue support for CSS throughout the development of GO and we have nothing to worry about. Gabe is coming by today and will have more of a detailed discussion then.

Meanwhile co-founder US Craig "Torbull" Levine has been lucky enough to be given a sneak peak at Global Offensive and has written a review of the game.

Bellow is an extract of the review:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is Valve's new version of Counter-Strike. Valve was quick to make clear that this wasn't "CS2" (or whatever that even really means) but rather a a multi-platform team based FPS similar to its predecessors, Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and Counter-Strike: Source. It is designed on the updated Source Engine, but is not built off of Counter-Strike: Source and due out in early 2012 with beta access beginning this fall. It will maintain the traditional de_ and cs_ map types and would not include new game modes. Valve was keen on hearing the input from top CSS players to make CS GO an e-sports title and that is reflected by the game featuring both casual and competitive game modes with a built in match making system and support for dedicated servers.

The full review can be found here.

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