Valve makes the upcoming sequel to Counter-Strike: Source official today with a Steam store landing page and an official announcement. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in 2012.
In addition to the release, platform, and naming, Valve has announced that tthey and developers Hidden Path Entertainment will be showing the game off in playable form at PAX Prime and the London Games Festival. GameRevolution will be at PAX Prime 2011 with hands-on impressions of the upcoming multiplayer shooter.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises and leading technologies, today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO). Target for release via PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it launched exactly 12 years ago. (CS Beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
"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 Lombard, 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."