The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive blog reports that Valve's highly-anticipated shooter will launch alongside a new Zombie Mod. The studio has worked closely with the modders over at Plague Fest to produce this living dead shootfest which is presumed to be available only for the PC version initially. Surprised to see zombies? Don't be given how popular CoD: Black Ops' zombie mode and similar modes/mods have become.
"It was important to us as we developed CS:GO to make sure it was as moddable and extensible as any CS game. So this is just one of many mods that will be available to CS:GO in the coming months," Valve said.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is slated to launch tomorrow, August 21, in North America and Europe for the Xbox 360 (XBLA), PlayStation 3 (PSN), Windows PC and Max OS X (both Steam). That said, fans won't see physical discs sitting on store shelves... at least, not yet.
Still haven't pre-purchased the game? Not to worry: there's still time to catch the pre-release discount. Fans can save 10-percent on the $14.99 price tag by purchasing the game now ($13.49). Want the complete Counter-Strike experience? Valve is currently offering the CS: Complete package (CS, CS: Condition Zero, CS: Source, CS: GO) for $29.99, down from the original retail price of $54.96.
"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."
Previously Valve planned for cross-platform multiplayer gameplay between the PS3, Mac OS X and Windows platforms, but the studio limited the feature to the non-console platforms due to the inability to release simultaneous updates across all three. However the PS3 version will include support for Move and the mouse/keyboard combo.