Counter-Strike: GO beta delayed

Valve confirms closed testing for Half-Life-based multiplayer FPS reboot has been pushed to new, undetermined date.

Valve doesn't exactly have a reputation for delivering games on time, and it appears as if the beta for its Counter-Strike update will do nothing to change that. Speaking with Counter-Strike: Source professional players Kyle "Ksharp" Miller and Ronald "Rambo" Kim, Valve writer Chet Faliszek confirmed that the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta test has been delayed.

CS:GO's beta will eventually be open to all.

Scheduled to begin in October, the beta was pushed back after Valve collected feedback from professional Counter-Strike gamers. Faliszek did not provide an updated release date for the beta, nor did he indicate whether the game was still on track to hit its early 2012 release window.

"They gave us a lot of feedback that was obvious, things that we should get in the game before we release [the beta], otherwise we're going to be getting a lot of bug reports or a lot of feedback that would just be redundant," he said.

As for the beta itself, Faliszek said that the original invite size will be about 10,000 people, a number that will gradually increase as Valve continues to test server infrastructure and scalability.

"The biggest thing of those first 10,000 is we have to look at percentage of crashes," he continued. "You can argue with us on bullet-spray patterns and all kind of things, but crashes? There's really no argument for that. It shouldn't be happening." Faliszek went on to note that the beta will eventually enter an open beta phase, where "there will be no barrier to entry."

As for when the beta will end, Faliszek said Valve will ship the game when the community says it's ready. "We have no mandate from anybody of when we have to ship this," he said. "So we're more than happy to just keep working on this 'til it's ready to ship. By the end of this, everyone will be playing the game--it will be the released game that you're just playing. Then, at some point, we'll say, 'OK we're going to release it.'"

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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42 comments
medellon
medellon

i just hope the deal with the whole recoil and accuracy thing.... adding an ads feature wouldnt hurt and also i hope they take the permaban feature that the pc version will surely have so that way jackass clan leaders and server admins woot ban you for any reason like disagreeing with them or being tbetter than thier crappy clan

iSpectatoR
iSpectatoR

This game is looking great, i will buy it!

extracrispy
extracrispy

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pcty
pcty

@godzillavskong yes there will be a console version

davet666
davet666

Counter Strike is the best shooter game no doubt, but I've waited so long and have heard nothing about Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@MrHatnClogs that thing is pretty old -.-

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Pay attention EA. "Server infrastructure and scalability." 'nuff said

Harrymanhunter1
Harrymanhunter1

I never played Counter Strike in my life.Maybe I should play it.......

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Will the 360 be getting a version of Counter-Strike, or is it just PC?I know it says PC/360/PS3 by the game in the upper right hand corner, but I haven't read any announcements that it was actually coming to consoles. Hopefully so. I enjoyed Counter-Strike on the Xbox, even though it was a bit old when released on that platform.

fphatman
fphatman

lol something from valve is delayed?? No way!

finaleve
finaleve

Oh man, if this does come out, I'm totally getting in on this game again. Only game that could compare was good old SOCOM 2, but CS is more fast paced.

metalkid9
metalkid9

valve always delays everything

Rocker6
Rocker6

I dont mind waiting for a good,finished product that doesnt need day-one patch and million others after it to properly work. "We have no mandate from anybody of when we have to ship this,so we're more than happy to just keep working on this 'til it's ready to ship." Thats why I love and respect Valve so much,in this age where greed ruins everything,Valve stands tall to show us how caring about your consumers still pays off.A lot.Keep up the great work,Valve :)

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Valve's "Delayed" is Blizzards "Soon". I'm sure they will deliver some day...*skeletonremains*

Pete5506
Pete5506

It's valve, it will never be on time, but when we do get it, it will be great

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

"Valve" and "Delayed" seem to be synonymous these days.

Joey2cool
Joey2cool

Counter-Strike, along with any of Valve's shooters, are pretty much the only FPS's I've ever enjoyed. CoD and BF never did anything for me. I'm glad CS is making a return! Not surprised about the delay, however. It is Valve after all, but that just means quality!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

The first two posts on this story crack me up. I'd take Counterstrike any day over 95% of shooters out there.

Triton
Triton

Delayed is fine, we have plenty of shooters to keep us busy at this time. No worries.

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Oh good they have counterstrike professionals testing it.

pszone
pszone

Well this wont happenig if they got another studio. Thumbs up if you agree that value should get another buliding 1 not enough.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@foxrock66 No,build it yourself,Alienware is a rip-off,way overpriced.You can get a PC that Maxes out everything for much less.If you cant build it yourself,there are many sites around the Internet that can help you.Or just find someone experienced with that sort of stuff...

joku760
joku760

stop working on CS:CG and get HL2:EP3 ready!!

Xeogua
Xeogua

I can't wait for this. And hopefully, if you buy it for one you'll get it for the other. Isn't Minecraft gonna be like that?

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

"We have no mandate from anybody of when we have to ship this" That's why I love you valve :), quality.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Was hoping for 360 cross platform as my PC will likely need upgraded before I can move from source to this. Oh well. Time to get that Alienware I guess

Link3301
Link3301

@Evenios That's why they are doing this. To renew the game. They are adding new weapons, maps, and modes.

Raxyman
Raxyman

Valve's QA testing is unparalled. And so is their unstable schedule... We'll wait, we're used to it.

Rovelius
Rovelius

03:31 Dracula trollface?

megakick
megakick

I think that is the point of the beta to update Counter Strike.

Rovelius
Rovelius

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Evenios
Evenios

no one cares counter strike is outdated needs more open maps plus vehicles and stuffs!