Monday, August 15th 2011

Valve Announces Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

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), 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).

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 Lombard, VP of Marketing 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."

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 London Games Festival.

For more information, please visit the Steam Store Page.
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36 Comments on Valve Announces Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

#1
Lionheart
Oooohhh how I so want to play this ^_^
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#2
KashunatoR
no recoil = shitty console game. the spirit of counter strike is LOST
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#3
RejZoR
by: KashunatoR
no recoil = shitty console game. the spirit of counter strike is LOST
Well, quite frankly the recoil used in CS:S was so ridiculously idiotic i'm not going to miss it at all.

The guys behind CS:GO are Hidden Path Entertainment. For those not knowing who the hell they are, they made the excellent Defense Grid game, that set whole new standards to the tower defense games. I hope they'll do just as good with CS:Go as they did with Defense Grid.
Now i also know why nothing new has been released for Defense Grid. They are busy with the CS:GO. Makes sense.
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#4
ObSo-1337
A tower defence company behind the new counter strike? Oh god no.
I really want this to do well, but in my recent experience, games designed for consoles as well as pc's are usually disappointing in one way or another. Here's hoping though :)
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#5
xenocide
by: RejZoR
Well, quite frankly the recoil used in CS:S was so ridiculously idiotic i'm not going to miss it at all.

The guys behind CS:GO are Hidden Path Entertainment. For those not knowing who the hell they are, they made the excellent Defense Grid game, that set whole new standards to the tower defense games. I hope they'll do just as good with CS:Go as they did with Defense Grid.
Now i also know why nothing new has been released for Defense Grid. They are busy with the CS:GO. Makes sense.
Honestly. even though I love Defense Grid, knowing a studio that has never stepped foot in the genre is developing the successor to one of the greatest FPS' ever made, isn't exactly comforting...
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#6
RejZoR
It's not like they can make it all that worse. The engine used will be Source Engine, Valve will be working with them, it's pretty much just a matter of resources and time. And the rules set by the Valve. Even though Hidden Path is the developer i think Valve still has the last word in everything. After all, they own the brand and if they'll feel like it's not good enough they'll say that to Hidden Path team.
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#7
xBruce88x
makes me almost want to start up cs 1.6
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#8
xenocide
by: RejZoR
It's not like they can make it all that worse. The engine used will be Source Engine, Valve will be working with them, it's pretty much just a matter of resources and time. And the rules set by the Valve. Even though Hidden Path is the developer i think Valve still has the last word in everything. After all, they own the brand and if they'll feel like it's not good enough they'll say that to Hidden Path team.
And what indication do you have that Valve even knows what they are doing when it comes to Counter-Strike? I was there when Condition Zero and Source both came out, and neither was exactly a resounding success. To be honest, I don't think Valve really understands why CS is important, or significant, or even why it's successful. They are very out of touch with the 1.6 and even the Source communities.
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#9
Jonap_1st
when it comes to FPS, valve rarely fail to impress me..
hope the game still work realistic like the old ones and comes with new features, level and gameplay

its good to memorizing old times, playing again CS with my old friend from nearly 10 years ago :)
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#10
xenocide
by: Jonap_1st
when it comes to FPS, valve rarely fail to impress me..
hope the game still work realistic like the old ones and comes with new features, level and gameplay

its good to memorizing old times, playing again CS with my old friend from nearly 10 years ago :)
Have you played any of the Source variations such as CS:S or DoD:S?
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#11
Jonap_1st
by: xenocide
Have you played any of the Source variations such as CS:S or DoD:S?
no, condition zero is the last CS games i've ever played. why?
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#12
Vancha
Knowing it's the Defense Grid guys behind this makes me even more excited to see it. I guess I should have known who they were seeing as I'm playing Defense Grid at the moment.

Notice how CS:Source is basically unmentioned there, while bringing up the original Counter-Strike's headlining of gaming tournaments. I get the feeling they're definitely trying to tap back into what made the original so popular.

http://kotaku.com/5830426/real-details-on-the-new-counter+strike-from-pros-whove-played-it
Bastian Veiser, product manager for the ESL Pro Series, says he's also in attendance at Valve's CS GO playtest, writing on Twitter that it's not just Counter-Strike Source players offering their feedback to Valve. "There 'are' 1.6 players around," he assures fans of the other active Counter-Strike fanbase.
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#13
RejZoR
CS:S is hugely popular, why they are not using it in the tournaments is because its hits detection is a complete joke and no one wants to compete in a game where luck plays 99% of the "skill".
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#14
werez
Sorry but im not looking forward to this release . The only game that actually is worth playing based on the Source engine is Day of Defeat ( Dod:Source ) . Any attempt to copy CS will fail. It doesn`t matter how good the game looks if the gameplay is crappy . Around here CS 1.6 is still popular and by the looks of it will still be around for a couple of years . Yea i`m one of those guys that played the game back in `99 and still plays it occasionally in 2011 .
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#15
Nesters
by: xBruce88x
makes me almost want to start up cs 1.6
And close it after 5 minutes. :D
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#16
WhiteLotus
Who bets it'll have zombies in it?

Anyone...

no...

Just me then.
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#17
The Witcher
They won't update the graphics :banghead: ?

If this is the case then just like what my friend said "The line that differentiate Counter Strike and Call of Duty games is starting to fade"

Counter Strike is the game that really made me love the FPS genre and it became my favorite genre. Still, after playing CS for 4 years straight with a total of 8 years of gameplay, I simple got bored of it, in my region, Counter Strike is the only thing that's preventing the spread of the professional "gaming" lifestyle, along with CoD of course, because almost 85% of people are addicted on these two games and they simply refuse to try different games.
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#18
Nesters
by: The Witcher
They won't update the graphics ?
What? They're releasing Dota 2 because of improved graphics and features which are must for modern games. ;)
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#19
Vancha
by: The Witcher
They won't update the graphics :banghead: ?
From the Kotaku article I linked before...
The next Counter-Strike sounds visually overhauled as well, with Levine writing that "maps look beautiful, the player skins and animations are smooth, and the gun models are cool!" Veiser tweeted that the game was apparently "based on the Portal 2 Source engine."
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#20
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
I wonder if they will hop in the bandwagon of 'Right Click = Aim Scope Down' trend. Or will it remain classic right click = alternate fire / aim sniper down.

I bet my left ball that it will have some microtransactions going on in here like gun/player aesthetics.
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#21
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
The original quake based CS will always be the best. I would take CS 1.6 and CZ over source! This one better be good.
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#22
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
by: brandonwh64
The original quake based CS will always be the best. I would take CS 1.6 and CZ over source! This one better be good.
You mean half life.. or was there a quake CS? dunno.. but in anycase, halflife was based on quake engine so... :D
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#23
Jegergrim
wwwhat..Counters-strike with no recoil? AK47 anyone?
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#24
[H]@RD5TUFF
Well there goes another shooter, it's sad to see consoles destroying the FPS genre.:shadedshu
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#25
k3wld00d
Great!!! Another multiplayer that is sure to be addictive. This will ruin a hardcore gamers life.
Thanks a bunch...:rockout:
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