Valve — creators of the Half-Life games, the Left-4-Dead series, the recently released Portal 2 and more — have announced today that they will be reviving the Counter-Strike franchise with the upcoming release of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Being released across multiple platforms (PSN, XBLA, PC, and Mac), the team-based FPS will be loaded with new maps, new characters and new weapons, the game will also bring updated classic CS content.
“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, VP of Marketing 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.”
For those going to PAX Prime, the game will be playable there, and also at the Eurogamer Expo 2011. How excited are you to play a new Counter-Strike game, a game that helped define the “tactical shooter” genre? Let us know in the comments.