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),
They forgot to mention Ricochet.
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).
Wasn’t it launched in June 1999? Around the 18th or 19th? Only Betas 2.0 and 2.1 came out in August of 1999.
Still, multi-platform? Interesting. Download-only? Not so interesting. Wait – early 2012? Alright, they got me, I’m interested.
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.”
Sounds pretty great! Updated content from the classics, but also including new gameplay modes, weapons and maps? Yes, please!
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.
So that’s what Hidden Path was up to! Great to see Valve’s got themselves a new cohort, with which to co-develop some of their games.
But wait… playable at PAX Prime? That’s on the 26th of August. And the Eurogamer Expo is on the 22nd of September. Which means we might see the game’s public reveal in little more than a few weeks!
Could this have been the third surprise Valve had planned for this year? Well, either way, we’re definitely interested. Let’s hope we get to see the game in action very soon. Here’s the official press release, and here is the game’s Steam Store page.