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Counter-Strike: GO Confirmed Coming in 2012

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Valve Software has confirmed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for an early 2012 release.

Chatter over Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) first began this week over on Reddit thanks to a few gamers who personally tested the unannounced title while spending a day at Valve's headquarters in Seattle.

"We didn't have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, but they did ask us to not give out any pictures or videos from there before it is released," reads one testimony. The post in itself verified previous reports that Valve was shuttling top Counter-Strike players to Valve's HQ in order to "discuss the future" of Counter-Strike.

After the Reddit post, the E-Sports Entertainment's official Facebook page was updated with a message reading "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive... More info in the morning" along with a picture of Craig Levine turning the gigantic valve in Valve's lobby. A Valve employee dubbed "Cliffe" also posted "Global Offensive" on a Steam forum thread, essentially backing up the unofficial news.

If that wasn't enough to get the rumor bees buzzing, ESL Pro manager Bastian Vieser teased Twitter readers with a message reading "Just spend all day playing the new Counterstrike Global Offensive #CSGO at the #Valve HQ ! God I love my job.”

That should be enough evidence, right?

Then it happened. This article wasn't even complete before Valve Software sent over the official announcement via email. Indeed the new installment is called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), and it's coming to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam (PC/Mac) in early 2012.

Acording to the hot-n-fresh press release, CS: GO is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment, and will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched exactly 12 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999). It 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 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."

Valve said CS: GO will be playable at this year's PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.

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    Kryan , August 12, 2011 5:55 PM
    That's great. now where is Episode 3?
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    braneman , August 12, 2011 6:19 PM
    I'm sure we could convince Valve to bring back Dr. Freeman if he had hats.
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    Kryan , August 12, 2011 5:55 PM
    That's great. now where is Episode 3?
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    ksampanna , August 12, 2011 5:57 PM
    awesome ... can't wait
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    flipt , August 12, 2011 5:58 PM
    Certaintly has my interest since I loved the original. Source just did not feel right to me. Felt too clunky for my taste.
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    flipt , August 12, 2011 5:59 PM
    Also, I believe Cliffe was one of the creators. I think he deserves more recognition than "a Valve employee dubbed".
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    johnsmithhatesVLC , August 12, 2011 6:09 PM
    I'm guessing they're not going to change the gameplay like physics, etc. DX11?
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    11796pcs , August 12, 2011 6:15 PM
    Hey, Valve has been doing good stuff lately. Portal 2 was awesome and they're making improvements to Steam. I want HL3 too, but everyone talking about it needs to go back and play and enjoy the original games from the original Half-Life all the way through Episode 2. I'm sure most of you have forgotten a ton of stuff from them (especially HL1). By the time you get through all of them I bet Valve will have something to say about HL3.
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    Anonymous , August 12, 2011 6:15 PM
    It's a great time to be an FPS gamer: BF3, MW3, and now CS:GO

    unbelievable.
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    braneman , August 12, 2011 6:19 PM
    I'm sure we could convince Valve to bring back Dr. Freeman if he had hats.
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    modinn , August 12, 2011 6:24 PM
    I really really hope they don't let this "sequel" become like (DNF) Duke Nukem Forever = Did Not Finish. I'm rooting for you Valve!
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    aznguy0028 , August 12, 2011 6:28 PM
    This is great news, I used to love CS so much, but please, use a new ENGINE Valve. The source engine is great but valve's been beating that horse too long and I'd rather leave 2004 behind. I want to see an epic shooter that looks great on the par of BF3 with amazing game play. The FPS genre needs some serious competition besides BF/COD.
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    DroKing , August 12, 2011 6:33 PM
    Matchmaking dubbed as gameplay? LOL I lost interest.
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    DSpider , August 12, 2011 6:41 PM
    I thought it came out in 1997.
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    bustapr , August 12, 2011 6:42 PM
    lol i can already see the advertising. "preorder CS:GO now and get a free hat for TF2!" Anyway Im betting CS: S will go F2P soon.
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    Elementgreen , August 12, 2011 6:45 PM
    I'm super excited for this. That's all I can really say about this. Now we have two great FPS games to look forward to: BF3 and CSGO
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    newbie_mcnoob , August 12, 2011 6:47 PM
    I remember playing the original Counter-Strike quite a bit back in the day, but I always enjoyed the original Unreal Tournament more.

    The number of shooters to pick from today is quite a few more than back then. Hopefully the new CS will be able to distinguish itself from all the other shooters.
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    pelov , August 12, 2011 6:51 PM
    CS was easily the best FPS ever made, certainly the best team-based FPS. Unfortunately, valve has had a record of screwing CS'ers over left and right so hopefully this won't be yet another failure. When a game is played by hundreds of thousands of people more than 10 years after its introduction then you know it's something special. Hopefully this time valve has their **** together, but if they don't here's a hint, valve: worry about the graphics last. If you can make the game feel great, allow player modding and make the maps completely open-ended (unlike the crappy new FPS games) then you'll have not only an instant hit, but another game worthy of calling itself CS.
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    3xch4ng3 , August 12, 2011 6:56 PM
    KryanThat's great. now where is Episode 3?

    The "Where's HL3" is getting a little old honestly. Valve took almost 6 years to develop Half-life 2 from the ground up on a brand new engine, released and teased the games for just shy of 2 years before actually releasing a finished product after numberous delays and stolen source code.

    If Valve wants to play thier cards close to thier chest until they have a solid Half-Life 3 on a brand new engine that can meet their deadline, I'll wait patiently.
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    bayouboy , August 12, 2011 7:06 PM
    hank_paulsonIt's a great time to be an FPS gamer: BF3, MW3, and now CS:GO unbelievable.


    My God man! How could you forget RAGE? Unacceptable :D 
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    rohitbaran , August 12, 2011 7:17 PM
    Well, hopefully it won't be delayed forever like episode 3.
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    BulkZerker , August 12, 2011 7:46 PM
    hank_paulsonIt's a great time to be an FPS gamer: BF3, MW3, and now CS:GO unbelievable.


    Your comparing Battlefield and Counter strike for Modern warfare? Unbelievable.

    CS is a great game and if Valve does intro it on a new engine I'll be pleased as anyone.
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