Valve officially announces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Due for release on the PSN Store, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac) in early 2012, the game is an expanded version of the now 12-year-old multiplayer shooter classic. It will feature new maps, characters and weapons alongside updated versions of classic Counter-Strike maps like de_dust and new gameplay modes, matchmaking and leaderboards. It is being co-developed by Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment, which has worked on Counter-Strike: Source and made 3D tower defence game Defense Grid: The Awakening. “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,” said Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi.