From Day of Defeat to DotA, Valve is renowned for working
closely with the mod community to bring the cream of the crop to the public
spotlight – and that’s a trend it plans to continue with the upcoming release
of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is set for an early 2012 release
date for PC, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network. The publisher has
announced that it has been working with the creators of the popular third-party
mod Gun Game to bring a new game type to CD: GO to supplement the typical
bomb-planting and hostage-rescuing modes. It’s called Arsenal, and it sounds
Call of Duty: Black Ops fans likely recognize Gun Game as
a Wager Match from Treyarch’s shooter, but its roots are in Counter-Strike:
Source. The modification has players starting off with the game’s weakest
weapons and being rewarded with more powerful armaments with every kill, slowly
upping the ante and leading to increasingly hectic battles. Valve plans on
having it come in two flavors (Arms Race and Demolition) and stretching across
four maps: csgo_sugarcane, csgo_shoots, csgo_baggage, and csgo_stmarc.
"We are excited that Valve reached out and is
working with us to ensure Arsenal Mode is the best version of Gun Game,"
said Michael Barr, project lead of Gun Game.
Gun Game has always been a favorite mod of ours, and
we’re ecstatic to see it finally get the attention it deserves. It manages to
put an entirely new spin on gameplay that relies on skill with multiple
weapons, which is great for combating players who would rather just hide behind
a box with a sniper rifle.
Valve has already released a batch of new screenshots
spanning across the game’s four maps. Check them out, but be warned: it’s only
going to make the wait more difficult.
Sep 22, 2011