Counter Strike: Global Offense Announced, Playable At Pax Prime
In a surprising announcement that no one had anticipated, Valve has announced a new Counter Strike game called CS:GO, short for Counter Strike: Global Offense. Global Offense will release on next generation consoles, PC and Mac and is targeted for early 2012 release.
Counter Strike: Global Offense will release on consoles via PSN and XBLA and on PC via Steam in early 2012. It will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that the franchise introduced 12 years ago.
Valve said the game will feature new maps, characters, and weapons plus will come bundled with the updated versions of all the classic CS content. 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 in development at Valve in close conjunction with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment and will be a playable title at Pax Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.