Despite being over twelve years old, Counter-Strike remains one of the most-played multiplayer games on Steam. The game has a massive following of dedicated fans and is also very popular in the modding community. Despite a healthy fan-following, the franchise has been dormant for awhile, at least when it comes to official releases. That all changed today. Valve dropped a bombshell today via their twitter account regarding the future of one of their most-beloved franchises:
This was followed by the launch of a CS:GO product page on Steam. The game will launch in early 2012 for Steam, XBOX Live Arcade, and the PlayStation Network. Valve gave the following information regarding the new installment in the legendary Counter-Strike series:
“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched 12 years ago.
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 Lombardi 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 Eurogamer Expo 2011.”