Valve Confirms Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Early 2012

Counter-Strike is a tactical first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation, which started as a Half-Life mod more than 12 years ago. Eventually, the game expanded tremendously, receiving many new releases and updates like Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, Counter-Strike: Neo, Counter-Strike: Online and even an Xbox version. The game is still massively popular as it’s one of the most-played titles on Steam.

The last significant update the game received was on 2004, when Counter-Strike: Source came out, and this title showed what the Source Engine was really capable of. Now, Valve has decided to update the franchise once again announcing Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

According to the company, the game will be released in early 2012 on Steam for the PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Wait, what?  Yes, console users will also be able to play this new entry in the series and this will be the first time that a game in the CS franchise comes out on PSN and XBLA.

Global Offensive is being developed by both Valve Software and Hidden Path Entertainment and it’ll feature new modes, weapons and characters. Furthermore, players will get new versions of classic maps like “Dust” (also known as: de_dust,) and the title will also support leaderboards and matchmaking. Penny Arcade Expo attendees will be able to play an early version of the game.