Valve have just announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the latest installment in the long-running CS series, is set to be released on the 21st of August, in just two and a half months from now. It will only be available for release on Steam, the PlayStation Network, and XBox Live, and it will cost approximately $15 on all platforms.
In addition, Valve have stated that the game will be playable in both the Sony and Microsoft E3 booths, running an apparently all-new build that Valve have been working on for several weeks. Hopefully it’ll feature some impressive stuff – we’ll let you know what we dig up. Aside from that, the pricepoint they’ve decided on… is great. A high-profile release like Counter-Strike, costing just $15 on launch? That is exceptional, and that is the Valve that I know and love, doing what they do best.
But I’m not pleased about the relatively short release window. I think CS:GO could use a bit more time – but I suppose Valve knows best. Let’s just hope they stick to their guns and follow community feedback as well as they have already. The game is pretty damn fun as it is, so all sins are forgiven. Bring it on, Valve!