Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Release Date and Information

Gamers have been waiting anxiously for any news on Valve’s next software venture. We’ve known for a while that the developer has been hard at work on DotA 2, but other than rumors of Half-Life 3 there haven’t been any signs of what fans and consumers alike may look forward to enjoying from Valve in the coming months — minus that slight teaser from GLaDOS’ husband.

Fortunately, Valve took it upon themselves to rectify the situation today, and they’ve done so by announcing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The latest installment in the fan-favorite Counter-Strike series is now officially coming in early 2012, and it will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and  a currently unnamed “Next-Gen Console”. Valve didn’t go into detail about what the unnamed next-gen console may be, but it’s easy to assume that the press release is referring to the Wii U — which makes sense given that Valve head and co-founder Gabe Newell has expressed interest in putting his company’s games on the console.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will feature the same team-based gameplay that made the original so popular, but will feature brand-new maps, weapons, and characters. There will also be “updated versions of the classic CS content” such as ‘de_dust’ — among others. Valve is also adding a few options such as new gameplay modes, matchmaking, and leader boards — all of which have become industry standards in modern-day FPS titles.

The worst part about announcements like these is that there just isn’t enough information in the official press release to satisfy the now-unquenchable-thirst of the series’ faithfuls. Luckily, Valve plans on having Counter-Strike: Global Offensive available to play on the show floor at Pax Prime later this month on August 28th.

More news and, with any luck, maybe even a trailer for CS: GO will be released by Valve in the very near future — presumably before Pax Prime.

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