Valve announces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The first hint came yesterday when Valve employee Cliffe posted just two words: “Global Offensive” on a Steam forum speculating about the possibility of a new Counter-Strike. Shortly thereafter that the anti-cheat providers E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA) wrote “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive… More info in the morning” on its Facebook page. And that evening, Product Manager for ESL Pro Series Bastian Veiser tweeted that he’d spent the day playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

We now have confirmation: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is happening. It’s in a pre-beta build and aiming for an early 2012 release on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Steam (for PC and Mac). But you can call it CS: GO for short.

Valve is developing the CS: GO in cooperation with Hidden Path Entertainment, the same company it partnered with on Counter-Strike: Source. And while Valve has been clear CS: GO isn’t CS2, the game will have new maps, characters, and weapons, including Molotov cocktails and decoy grenades (which mimic gunfire and confuse players). There will also be new gameplay modes, matchmaking, and leader boards — which sounds an awful lot like a sequel to us.

Despite all the changes Valve being careful with its language, calling CS: GO “a multi-platform team based FPS similar to its predecessors, Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and Counter-Strike: Source,” which is a mouthful, but doesn’t equal “CS2.”

The beta should begin this fall and expect to see a playable build at this year's PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.

Aug 12, 2011

Source: PC Gamer


  • e1337prodigy - August 14, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    I think the reason its not a sequel is because it will still have the outdated graphics. But graphics aren't everything.
  • raptorak - August 13, 2011 10:58 p.m.

    OMG when are these horrible consoles finally gonna die - Source is outdated and rubbish by today's standards but they just keep on using it don't they? And just so the ps3 and 360 can keep up. So boring to see games stagnate graphically, so obviously, for so long.
  • xKevox - August 13, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    This is awesome..
  • keltar93 - August 13, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    I'd like to be excited about this (since it basically inspired the Call of Duty 4 multiplayer and every other online shooter since then), but I would really like a new Half-Life. Still, I can't say I'm "losing hope" in Valve, since everything since Episode 2 has been amazing.
  • RicePuddingUK - August 13, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    This better be a solid next-gen FPS, not some top-down arcade shooter, that's what worries me about "XBLA releases" But this should keep me sane till the next Rainbow Six comes out.
  • xRusty - August 13, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    I for one am VERY pleased to get a new version of CS as long as it does NOT take away the old gameplay. cs > cs:cz cs:s > cs:go Single player mode maybe? I have too many frames per second on CS:S anyway. Any visual enhancememt is wellcome.
  • Silentboy - August 13, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    I'm starting to think that Gabe can't count to 3
  • The_Tingler - August 13, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    It should be pointed out that this isn't properly being done by Valve themselves, so they're working on something else...
  • lilbuddha - August 13, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    So many kids here who never played CS. This is interesting news to me, but half-sequels usually end up a mess. And CS with a controller ? Ugh those console versions were awful.
  • ngazi - August 13, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    No one else then "GO" is stupid?
  • Yeager1122 - August 13, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    I cant wait to hopefully play the beta.
  • NightCrawler_358 - August 13, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    Its on consoles too!? Too bad it won't get the attention it deserves with competitors like MW3... Gabe never mentioned that in his giggling denials hehe.
  • D0CCON - August 13, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    Replace Steam with Valve. It's impressive that they are so synonymous with each other for me that I screw them up.
  • D0CCON - August 13, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    CS is easily my least favorite Steam game (mainly because everything else is so spectacular). It never appealed to me.
  • RebornKusabi - August 13, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    Hey look, the final game in a set of three (L4D2 and Portal 2 were the other two) that I predicted Valve would do before they finished Half Life 3. That just proves how... predictable... Valve has become lately.
  • RoeTaKa - August 13, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    OMG OMG WHINE WHINE WHINE Go find another page to spam. Shut your mouths, this is awesome. @Denrok, agreed, I just couldn't enjoy TF2, still play CS:S after all this time.
  • ZigzMagoo - August 13, 2011 2:16 a.m.

  • Denrok - August 13, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    I just really hope the console version aren't shafted like with TF2.
  • gondarpwns - August 13, 2011 1:47 a.m.

    will the beta be free? XD
  • shadowreaper72 - August 13, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    Yet another Valve game that isnt Half Life 3. Why do i have a sudden urge to beat the shit out of Gabe Newells fatass? I hate Valve now. Not even Portal,L4D, or Counter Strike can redeem Valve for this unholy transgression.

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