Counter Strike: Global Offensive playable at Eurogamer Expo

Valve confirms sequel to classic online shooter

Valve has announced the sequel to its classic online shooter Counter Strike, which will be playable for the first time in Europe at the Eurogamer Expo in September.

The sequel, full title, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, will be playable for the first time in North America at Pax Prime and in Europe at the Eurogamer Expo.

"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 Valve's Doug Lombardi.

"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 the CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac."

Development of the game has been lead by Hidden Patch Entertainment in Seattle, with close collaboration from Valve itself.

The game will feature updated assets from Counter Strike: Source, including maps and weapons, as well as completely new content.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive will be available on PSN, Xbox Live and PC and Mac via Steam in early 2012.

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Daniel Vardy Studying HND IT, De Montfort University10 years ago
I hope this game takes CS forward as a whole, as it is an aging game in need of something new. However, the main issue I see with this, is also why many PC games don't take off, players may see it as a console port. Valve typically take the PC gaming platform very seriously as it is their revenue stream, but it is quite easy to annoy your core fan base by moving into different markets.

I would also question the wording of 'next gen consoles'. As far as I know, there are none. If the game is developed for the current generation of console, then it is already quite obvious to me that the game will have nothing new or spectacular to show off to the PC audience. This is due to the current PC hardware already being vastly superior to consoles.
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Neil Jarrett Studying BENG Software Engineering, Edinburgh Napier University10 years ago
I am just wondering if the veteran players will take the game up? Players are fickle and I can honestly see people complaining that the game is not a true CS game just because it maybe different.
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Joe Winkler trained retail salesman, Expert10 years ago
I really look forward to a CS game for console. The console version of CS on the original Xbox wasn't bad but not great either. Producing it as an arcade game could be the right thing to do. I wouldn't pay 60 for a (renewed) counter strike but for about 15 it's an easy buy.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 10 years ago
I wouldn't be surprised if this is like Battlefield 1943 to BF1942/BF2 - i.e. a cut-down version of the same basic principals. I can't see it being a full-sized multiplayer if it's going to be a downloadable release only, although cynically you might say that this is the route titles like Brink or MAG should have gone down; with no meaningful single-player content, would they too have been better as downloadable releases?

I also agree with Daniel; it really annoys me when the PS360 is referred to as 'next-gen'. If consoles which have been on the market 5 or 6 years are called 'next-gen', then what the hell is current gen?!
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GAmecube? Facebook games?

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Jonathan O'Connor10 years ago
1.6 gameplay + updated graphics = win
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