Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Announced

Valve has just announced that a new entry in the Counter-Strike Series will be coming out soon. Titled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the expected release date is  in “early 2012” for Steam (PC and Mac), Playstation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade.  Global Offensive will feature “all new maps, characters, and weapons” as well as updated content such as “de_dust” and other fan favorites.  Global Offensive will also add new gameplay modes, matchmaking systems, leaderboards, and more unannounced features.

CS: GO is being developed by both Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, who also worked with Valve on more recent updates for Counter-Strike: Source. CS: GO will be playable at PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo.

Rumors of the games development initially started circulating earlier this morning, and its possible that Valve announced the game prematurely to stem the flow of rumors. You can visit the games Steam Store page here, though it is very light on details at the moment

The Counter-Strike series has not seen a new entry since the 2004 release of Counter-Strike: Source, which despite being 7 years old, is still one of the most played PC games online.  CS:GO is another title being added to the ever growing list of Valve’s actively developed series. The studio, who is known for their  slow development cycles, is now actively working on the Portal, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Counter-Strike series’, as well as their upcoming DOTA game.



Next Gen Console, PC, and Mac Release Targeted for Early 2012

August 13, 2011 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-StrikeHalf-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, VP of Marketing 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.

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