After rumors started up earlier this morning, Valve has officially announced a new multi-platform Counter-Strike. It’s not Counter Strike 2, but Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is being built on the latest version of the Source Engine and will feature the traditional de_ and cs_ maps, such as de_dust, and new matchmaking capabilities:
“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.”
It seems as if Valve is really trying to position CS as a viable eSport right along side CoD. The game will be playable at PAX Prime later this month, and release sometime in 2012 for the PC, XBLA, and PSN.