The lights are on
Valve dropped a bunch of knowledge on Kotaku's Stephen Totilo, going
into details on the team's goals for the upcoming PlayStation
Network/Xbox Live Arcade/PC/Mac version of the classic shooter. In
short, Counter-Strike: GO is a slight update to CS: Source with an
emphasis on inviting new players while giving hardcore veterans what
they want.Global Offensive aims to bring
Counter-Strike's core five-on-five lethal gameplay to new audiences.
Some maps have been tweaked, like the notoriously imbalanced Dust and
Aztec. Valve added a few new weapons and a "casual" mode that removes
the in-game cash requirement for setting up your loadout between rounds.
Other than that, this title is the Counter-Strike you know and love
with modern matchmaking and community support.One amusing
tidbit: Xbox 360 players will have their own matchmaking pool, while
PC/Mac/PS3 players will share a separate one. On the plus side, you can
plug in a keyboard and mouse to your PS3 so that you aren't at a brutal
disadvantage against PC/Mac players.Read Totilo's full article
for a bunch of interesting tidbits from Valve's Chet Faliszek and Ido
Magal, including what they think about CS:GO's potential as an eSport
("If it happens, that's nice"), why dying in CS isn't bulls--- ("You
died because you made the wrong choice), and why Valve decided to do
another quasi-remake of Counter-Strike in the first place ("We got
excited").Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is scheduled to come out for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 early next year.
Counter Strike is beyond a classic, it's an epi-classic... meaning a totally epic classic. I can't even begin to confess the hundreds of xfire hours i have logged playing the original CS. When CS:Source was released I entered into another mind-numbing series of sleepless nights playing it with all it's fancy new looks! I should stop here...
Words can't express how huge my anticipation for this game is!