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