Valve nixes cross-platform Counter-Strike: GO play

Company says it won't "hamstring" PC/Mac players of Global Offensive by tying them to PS3 version's update schedule.

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Valve's cross-platform play plans for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have apparently been scuttled. Joystiq reports today that the game company has decided to not combine PlayStation 3 gamers with PC/Mac players on the same servers.

Valve has identified the weak point in its supply chain.
Valve has identified the weak point in its supply chain.

"The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC," Valve's Chet Faliszek said. "To do that, we need to separate the platforms so one doesn't hamstring the other. So for that, we have removed the idea of cross-platform play--essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them."

An update to the decade-old Half-Life 2 mod, Counter-Strike: GO is in development for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac. The game introduces new modes, weapons, maps, and characters to the franchise, and it will also support matchmaking and leaderboards. The game is currently in a beta-testing phase.

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

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