Counter-Strike: Global Offensive firing up early 2012

Valve working with Hidden Path Entertainment on new entry in shooter franchise for PC, Mac, XBLA, and PSN due out next year; series life-to-date sales at 25 million.

Valve updated its Counter-Strike formula in 2004 with the release of Counter-Strike: Source, a new entry in the shooter franchise that Valve completely overhauled using its Source engine. Now, Valve is updating its franchise again, today announcing Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Counter-Strike comes back to life early next year.

Debuting in early 2012 on Steam (for the PC and Mac) Xbox Live Arcade, and PlayStation Network, Global Offensive features new game modes, weapons, maps, and characters to the franchise. This will mark the series' first appearance on XBLA and the PSN.

Additionally, gamers will be able to fight on updated versions of original Counter-Strike maps including de_dust and others. Lastly, Global Offensive will support matchmaking and leaderboards.

Valve also today shared new sales statistics for Counter-Strike. The publisher said that the Counter-Strike franchise--which debuted 12 years ago this month--has sold over 25 million units. Global Offensive is currently in development at Valve Software and Hidden Path Entertainment, which also codeveloped Counter-Strike: Source.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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extracrispy
extracrispy

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ibashedudown
ibashedudown

I am SO looking forward to this game. I was sold as soon as I heard "Cross Platform Play".

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

@flashn00b let's just remember, those games aren't developing by Valve's core studio( I mean Half-Life team). I really wonder what are they doing. It's been a very long time since episode 2. I think Valve's developing a nuclear bomb effective game. :)

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Enexs Ah well, that is true, i guess this new GO won't have much problems, at least i think so...

Enexs
Enexs

@Raxyman well i know that but i'm my case the problem is that it is easier to gather friends in a lan house

Raxyman
Raxyman

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KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

For a decade, players have enjoyed Counter Strike. Counter Strike: Global Offensive should keep them busy for the next !!!

Enexs
Enexs

i'm my f#cking country(Brazil) there's a law forbidding this game =X

MN121MN
MN121MN

YES.... (hope they destroy or at least reduce hope for cheaters and hackers this time)

Pete5506
Pete5506

Great news to hear, CS is always fun

holyghost87
holyghost87

Knife kills excitement has once pumped up again!

flashn00b
flashn00b

@The_Godfather_ But first we need to remember that there's still DOTA2. And perhaps Valve might troll us all by making a Ricochet 2!

Thatguythatuno
Thatguythatuno

kewl i've been thinking it'd be nice to have another counter strike

sayondas4
sayondas4

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zool152004
zool152004

@beanofengland I know right, no joke two days before this was announced, think after the previous announcment of their crazy million dollar tournament, me and some friends were talking. Wondering why Valve wouldn't make a CSS XBLA version cause it'd sell like crazy even without the mods. Then....BOOM, announced. Couldn't be happier, i've always wanted to fire up some Counter-Strike with my 360 buds. Left 4 Dead controlled very well with a pad considering it's more precise K&M counterpart, if they can work out a more pad friendly store userface or simply overhaul the pre-game setups this could be one of the best XBLA/PSN titles out there, not to mention fire up the pc crowd again. Ingredients are there, valve just needs to bake the cake to perfection, without anyone questioning it's integrity.

beanofengland
beanofengland

me and some mates were talking about a new cs game needing to be made, multi-platform and sold over psn and such, weird! I know it will NEVER happen but it would be nice for everyone to be able to play eachother regardless of platform - portal 2 was really cool for that. AT least make the PC and PS3 versions linked, and if it ever gets unfair due to pc gamers have an edge with mouse and keyboard, put filters in so people can choose to just play other people on the same system or whatever. JUST GIVE US A CHOICE AT LEAST!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Why are PC gamers so far up their own arse? Games are for everyone guys, grow a pair already.

supertom221
supertom221

Uhh, Great. Why Multi-Platform though?? CS was great because of the things you could do on PC. I doubt I'll be able to host a free Private server just for me and my friends to play on PSN or XBLA -__-". And the awesome cheats like no Gravity, and the wicked player-made maps and zombie mods..... Way to kill one of your most beloved franchises, Valve. :| . For me it would go like this: Counter-Strike == PC. Battlefield 3 == PS3. Modern Warfare 3 == Trash bin.

Overlord93
Overlord93

People condemn it because its console...but remember, console games can be competitive, they just have to be made right. Sure, 90% of the time they aren't, but you shouldn't condemn something just because its on console.

amirzaim
amirzaim

Most of my friends spends their time with CS:Condition Zero. Looks like the legend now reborn, but wait, is there CS:GO also available in PS3 and X360? Looks lame for CS hardcore legend when he/she have to play CS with joysticks and can't do what the PC/MAC do with their keyboards!

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

new definition of CS = Consolized Shooter :D

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

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nord1c
nord1c

Counterstrike = Ubercool Condition Zero = Fail CS Source = Fail CS Global Offensive = ???

bakasmiley
bakasmiley

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gameking5000
gameking5000

Should've been release in Late October/Early November around the CoD and Battlefield release windows.

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

Man I played the HELL out of Counter-Strike. It singlehandedly deducted a few tenths from my high school GPA. Hopefully I won't get quite as addicted to this new iteration.

Skargamer
Skargamer

Typo GS. 'able to be able to' Never got to play this gem. But I'll get it since its coming to consoles! :D

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

Why can't they just put all their effort into releasing Episode 3 already.

raptures330
raptures330

@SDSkarface That just goes to prove that graphics are not the be all, end all. Playability, community support, balance, good maps, dedicated servers, competitive play support, and stability all out trump amazing graphics. Look @ Crysis 2 multiplayer.

siamo
siamo

They don't need new players and they don't need good graphics. "the Counter-Strike franchise--which debuted 12 years ago this month--has sold over 25 million units." They're gonna do just fine.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

half life 3 plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

After BF3 comes out this year that will be the standard by which all FPS will be judged. if Valve releases their major FPS franchise using that same ugly source engine theyve been using for years that every mid range PC from the past 6 years runs at over 100fps in any source game it will fail hard. lots of good looking FPS coming next year, Hard reset, BF3, and Rage that source engine is gonna stand out like a sore thumb. Portal 2 was looking godawful this year,Vave hasnt done anything since 2004 but add more hats to TF2. yet Epic and Crytek have had 2 brand new engines since then

giantqtipz
giantqtipz

i dont know if this is the proper way to do it..: *equip pistol* *shoot two rounds* *reload--- *switch to bomb* *jump* anyone know what glitch im talking about? i mean i played CS back in 2001.. havent played since 2002 so i dont know if this "glitch" or "move" is still present in the current version of CS. all i remember was that my favorite guns were glock and AWP. and when de_dust begins, i would take out my knife and slash the air for no reason, then take out the grenade and throw it into the big hallway lol

flashn00b
flashn00b

This might be a risky venture. Counter-strike is known for being a game mostly played by the hardcore no-funnny-business type of gamer. Most people new to counter-strike will most likely be deterred from the game as it'll usually end with people getting killed to the point where they'll want a cover system. Do you want to make a game that caters to an audience that thinks that quick deaths should be compensated by a cover system, or risk sales just to cater to the CS veteran? And this is all coming from someone who used to be the stereotypical 12-year-old Counter-strike player.

nyran125
nyran125

im a CS fanboy, couldnt care less what Battlefield only gamers think about it. Most balanced MP fps game without the rubbish perks and crap perks pretending to be attachments than COD and BF3 has and will have. What i love about cs is its you , your opponent, the map , your weapon and your team and thats it. No perks, no bs attachments unless they are part of the weapon and are supposed to be used for that type of weapon in reality. But my biggest issue, is it really going to be on the Half life 2\Counter strike source engine? Secondly this very well might be the first counter strike unaccompanied with a Half Life game!?!?. :(. So is this really Counter Strike source 2? or is it just a bit of a Source update? Like a counter strike source "condition zero" type thing?

tomclancyhaha
tomclancyhaha

sigh... could I ever forget those days?... "Counter-Terrorists Win" good job team...

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@h4wkw0lf613 you obviously never played half life did you ? because you would the original CS is a HL mod

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

@mssmss you do know that CS was one of the founding fathers for FPS's right? just because a game is old does not make it bad same with graphics

mssmss
mssmss

the stupidest game ever ! ...why dont you guys try BF ...or at least COD ? ...human race always try to improve life and get better ! ...why not CS players do that ?

h4wkw0lf613
h4wkw0lf613

Plz valve make so we can Aim Down Sight this time. Why are there sights on these guns if we can't use them?