Aug 12, 2011

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Announced

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Announced


Yesterday the internet was abuzz with rumors about a new Counter-Strike. Today all the speculation has been confirmed. Valve has officially announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a follow-up to the long-running PC shooter franchise.

“For the past 12 years, [CS] 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.” said Valve’s VP of marketing Doug Lombardi. “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.”

Meanwhile, Levine explained that the weapons and their traits have received a massive overhaul, something that may concern longtime vets:

The weapons were one of the areas that in the group’s opinions still needs the most work. Valve wanted to create a more balanced weapon system that would expand beyond the main four weapons (AWP, M4, AK, and Deagle). They wanted shotguns and sub machine guns to have situational value and so they really took some “creative liberties”. They wanted sub machine guns to be good mid-distance alternatives and for shotguns to provide a unique close range use. The AK and M4 rifles felt weak and inaccurate while sub machines like the P90 were overpowered and soon became the weapon of choice during some casual pugs. Many pro players voiced concerns about the spray control and recoil patterns, feeling that it was too easy and simple, and unanimously felt that the first three bullets of the M4 and AK in particular were too inaccurate, which took out the art and skill of “tapping”. In the pro players’ points of view, headshots were difficult to score and came at a premium – another area that needs tweaking.

Valve is working together with Hidden Path Entertainment to develop the game for an early 2012 release for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. CS: GO (as the cool kids call it) is being designed on the updated Source Engine (think Portal 2), and isn’t built off of Counter-Strike: Source.

CS: GO will also be making a playable appearance at PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo.

[Source: Valve]