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Valve Confirms New Counter-Strike for PC and...Consoles?

He's baaaaaaaack.

First artwork for the new Counter-Strike game, coming in early 2012 to PC, Mac, consoles.

Instead of finally announcing Half-Life 3, Valve has confirmed suspicions something was up with the Counter-Strike franchise the studio has left alone for a few years now.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a brand-new installment being developed in conjunction with Hidden Path Entertainment, the developers behind Defense Grid.

It's been 12 years since Counter-Strike first burst onto the scene as a Half-Life mod, but it returns early next year on PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network (yes, consoles--cue the angry PC crowd!).

If you're at the Penny Arcade Expo later this month, though, you'll get to play it far ahead of release.

Valve hasn't released any screen shots of the game yet, only the logo. The studio said Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will feature "new maps, characters, and weapons," "updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.)," and "new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more."

A downloadable shooter from Valve? Count us in.

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Posted by steelknight2000

The bomb has been planted.

Posted by DeF

I played this stupid game almost religiously for 3-4 years. (well, the original beta stuff till right before or around the time they came out with 1.6) but it's been just long enough that I'm actually a tiny bit interested in what this "new" CS is gonna be like.

Edited by notha

@Phonics said:

WOOO!!!! Turn Counter-Strike to another dumbed down slow shitfest FPS for the console mouthbreathers. Way to rape a classic Valve!

you sound like some of the people when they announced tf2. why do you think they'd dumb it down, has valve ever done that?

Posted by Johnniek14

@Zippedbinders:

I believe he's talking about the fact that it's coming to XBLA, PSN and Steam and not in a retail box.

Posted by Kyle

@UnrealDP said:

Man, this sounds amazing! Some day my dream of PC players creating and running custom servers for everyone, including console gamers, to play on will be a reality! Console gamers need to see what they're missing every now and then.

Woah, woah, woah. Hold your horses, pal. Who said there was gonna be user-run servers for the console versions? Was this announced? Because I HIGHLY doubt it. I don't think 360 or PS3 even allow that.

@Phonics said:

WOOO!!!! Turn Counter-Strike to another dumbed down slow shitfest FPS for the console mouthbreathers. If you think this won't be another snail-pace aim-assist ironsights shit console FPS guess again. You can't play a game like Quake or Counter-Strike on pads. Way to rape a classic Valve!

Wow. Took a whole eight comments from the top for me to find an angry dickhead talking out of his ass about a game nobody knows anything about. That's gotta be the longest it's ever taken. Way to go, internet.

Posted by weslash

sounds like another shitty noob version of cs just like source

Posted by B_Heart

Sounds awesome! I'll be down for some counter-strike on my ps3. Haven't played it since 2002, so I'll interested in seeing what they change and how they make it more modern to fit with today's shooters.

Posted by monkeystick

Prediction: Free to Play!

Posted by kollay

Consoles? It'll be TF2 on Xbox all over again, despite the aforementioned features.

What makes CS is the community cranking out a ton of custom maps and mods (zombie, surf, etc.)

Posted by Superfriend

This could be really cool. I like that it is a downloadable game on consoles. Hopefully this will mean a price of 1200 points or 15 bucks.. that would be pretty nice. Also, I would like it if they tried to make this a little more approachable to ordinary players. 
Say what you will, but CS on a server with super-skilled hyper pc guys isn´t a lot of fun, since you wait a lot to respawn. A lot.

Posted by Phonics
@Crushed said:

@Buckfitches said:

Excited!

Now everyone can move on from Team Fortress 2, thank god.

What do Counter Strike and Team Fortress have to do with each other?

@Phonics said:

WOOO!!!! Turn Counter-Strike to another dumbed down slow shitfest FPS for the console mouthbreathers. If you think this won't be another snail-pace aim-assist ironsights shit console FPS guess again. You can't play a game like Quake or Counter-Strike on pads. Way to rape a classic Valve!

Playtesters have already confirmed no aim-assist, ironsights, or regenerating health.

Can you explain how do you play a FPS without aim assist and ironsights on a pad.
Posted by IshimuraD

Get in position and wait for my go.
Go go go!
 
Really interested in seeing how this turns out, hopefully it's not massively dumbed down...

Posted by Fluxxed

Oh PC gamers.

Posted by Peewi

"A downloadable shooter from Valve?" 
Is there a way to get Valve games that aren't download?
Posted by ExplicitRockr

Looks like this might be the game to get me really into Counter-Strike.

Edited by Poki3

Last time I seriously played Counter Strike was the time Internet cafes were popular, and having Internet at home was a rare privilege because it was expensive. About the time 1.6 started rolling out, Internet became kind of affordable, and neither me not my friends stayed playing CS because it just wasn't the same.
IDK. Is CS still a thing? Or do they just want to make it a thing again like the old times? Also, will it have hats? (if you answered Yes to the last question then the entirety of gaming is doomed.)

Edited by RelentlessKnight
@Phonics said:

WOOO!!!! Turn Counter-Strike to another dumbed down slow shitfest FPS for the console mouthbreathers.  If you think this won't be another snail-pace aim-assist ironsights shit console FPS guess again. You can't play a game like Quake or Counter-Strike on pads. Way to rape a classic Valve!

I think they did Counter Strike on consoles before
Posted by piropeople13

New engine or just using orange box source?

Posted by HeadNodShy

@Poki3: Both games are consistently in the top 10 games played in Steam so it still has some life in it.

Posted by MaFoLu

@piropeople13 said:

New engine or just using orange box source?

Source engine, though I don't know if they've made any new enhancements since Orange Box.

Posted by Surkov

For every Valve announcement that doesn't pertain to Half-Life, I die little inside.  

Posted by Zeemod

As long as you can play as Gordon Freeman...

Posted by darkjester74

Terrorists Win!
Edited by Maajin
Posted by RIDEBIRD

Please Valve, you know where your heart is. Please make sure the PC version is your number one priority. Please. We print you money on a daily basis.

Love, a fan since 1998, and a CS fan since beta 4.

Posted by Grilledcheez

Awesome

Edited by Rolyatkcinmai

@Poki3 said:

Is CS still a thing? Or do they just want to make it a thing again like the old times? Also, will it have hats? (if you answered Yes to the last question then the entirety of gaming is doomed.)

CS and CSS are still two of the most played games in existence. http://store.steampowered.com/stats/ Nothing has ever surpassed them (in that style).

@piropeople13 said:

New engine or just using orange box source?

Source is a completely modular engine. Valve will likely not give up on it for an extremely long time. The Portal 2 version of Source is a vast improvement over the Orange box version (2007) which itself was a large upgrade over the HL2 version. Valve can keep updating Source to stay competitive, unlike other engines like Unreal. If they used numbers, we would likely be on Source 3 or 4 by now.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

No interest in counter strike, i need more in a competitive shooter than running around a closed area killing other players 
But this is good news for CS fans!

Posted by Thor_Molecules

@theplatypus: That's an amazing image. Look at him, mocking us.

Posted by rmanthorp

MONEY, TAKE IT.

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Posted by mbr

Good fucking luck playing CS with those weapon spreads on a controller haha. :D

Posted by Thor_Molecules

Can't wait to trade some hats for my terrorist to wear.

Posted by JoeyRavn

@MaFoLu said:

@piropeople13 said:

New engine or just using orange box source?

Source engine, though I don't know if they've made any new enhancements since Orange Box.

Yeah, quite a few, actually. Since the release of The Orange Box, we've had Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal 2, all of which look considerably better than HL2 "vanilla". Just compare Portal and Portal 2. The difference is mind-blowing. The Source engine is incredible.

Regarding CS:GO... well, I don't think it's meant to be a replacement of CS:Source as this was for CS 1.6. It's obviously geared towards the console market (which in itself is no a bad thing, since we already have CS:S on PC), so it doesn't really peak my curiosity. I'm fine playing CS:S for the moment.

Also, HL3 please.

Posted by HAL9000

Not sure why the need for the console versus PC trolling in the title. Almost every Valve game has been released for consoles, including Counter Strike back on the original Xbox.

Posted by Branthog

That's rather odd. I presumed the next Counter-Strike would come when they released their next engine and their next Half-Life, just like HL2/CS:S.

Posted by nihilisticmonkey

Hope the console versions don't get abandoned like the TF2 variants! IIRC On 360 it was never updated because MS didn't allow free feature updates?

Posted by Redbullet685

Cool. Happy its on consoles.

Posted by 014

Sweet. The last time I jumped into a CS match, it felt too old.

Posted by kyrieee

  

Posted by MildMolasses

@Bam_D_Leprechaun said:

Really hope it's not like that crappy console crossover they made years ago. But a new CS will def bring back to playing it

Oh that was terrible. I don't know who was responsible for that, but I hope they aren't allowed near games again.

Posted by FlipperDesert

Every time I read a story on a new Valve game I have an internal thought process along these lines: "Is it Episode Three?" Nope. "FUUUUUUCK." 
 
On a more related note, the last time I played Counter-Strike the other people on the server called me a 'fucking noob' because they had snipers watching every way out of the spawn that kept killing me. I did not enjoy it.

Posted by Korolev

Oh No! It's An Angry PC Crowd! Back, back I say! Man the ramparts! Close the doors! Raise the Bridge! Get the oil to the murder-holes! For tonight, the country side burns!

Posted by bretthancock

O fuck yea, CS was one of if not my first experiences in online gaming. Fond memories of those 5AM nights.

Posted by cikame

I'm excited as a classic cs player, i've always wanted a new cs to change up the game since source was just a graphics update.

Posted by ikwal

I would love to see people try and play counter-strike on a console. Seeing people try to control the recoil with a gamepad would be so funny.

Posted by 1p

Dude, what? This is huge news!

Posted by 234r2we232

Another FPS game! News!

Posted by Leadcat

Makes perfect sense to bring it to consoles. Modern shooters are so popular these days they would basically be burning money if they didn't.

Personally I couldn't care less about Counter Strike, though.

Posted by Ketchupp

As long as it has surf maps I'll be happy.

Posted by dvorak

Could totally play some more Counter Strike again.