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.

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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.
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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