Updated Story: Valve has made it official. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a real thing and it's coming to XBLA, PSN and Steam (both PC and Mac) in early 2012. As previously reported, this new Counter-Strike will add new maps, characters and weapons. CS: GO, as it's being called by Valve, will also offer updated versions of classic Counter-Strike content, such as the map de_dust, for example.
Finally, if you're attending PAX Prime at the end of the month, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be there. Get pumped, Counter-Strike enthusiasts.
Original Story: Counter-Strike fans, rejoice! There are very strong rumors circulating the Internet that a new version of the fan-favorite shooter series is on the way. These rumors have strong roots that trace back to the website ESEA after one of their “athletes” (strong air quotes there) was supposedly invited to Valve’s HQs to test and provide feedback for the new Counter-Strike title, which is being called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a tentative title for right now.
These early reports are claiming that the game will launch in the first quarter of 2012 and focus on 5v5 multiplayer. The game is supposedly being built on updated Source Engine code. As is the case with any new game, there will be new maps, guns and grenades provided to keep things fresh. And that about does it for what we know thus far about this new Counter-Strike. But that should whet the appetite, right?
The ESEA is also claiming that Valve will issue an official press announcement within 24 hours. Is it just us, or does this sound like a hostage situation? Man, Counter-Strike fans are crazy, yo. But let’s be serious, we’ve known that for some time now.
We’ll keep an ear to the ground on this one and report back with any new info when we get it.