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CS: GO Release Date Announced

by Ethan Powers on June 4, 2012

Valve has reached the point where they feel that the planets have aligned just right for them to set an actual release date for their upcoming downloadable game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. After many months of a very rigorous beta, the introduction of a whole new shadow engine for Source and the unfortunate (but quite necessary) axing of cross platform play between PS3 and PC, CS: GO has come a long way and is shaping up to look like an excellent installment in the Counter-Strike franchise.

Get ready for CS: GO on August 21 for consoles, PC and Mac

If you’re at E3 this week, feel free to play the demo at the Sony and Microsoft booths in the LA Convention Center. The game will be available on XBLA, PSN and Steam on August 21 (Valve-Time permitting) for $15. Check out the full press release below:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is targeted for release on August 21, 2012.
To be available via the Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac), CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay pioneered when Counter-Strike was launched almost 13 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).
CS: GO will be sold for approximately $15 on all platforms.
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO introduces new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
Developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment, the title will be playable in the Sony and Microsoft booths this week at E3 in Los Angeles, CA.
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  • Allen

    The game COD fanboys are too “scared’ to play. I always hear “it’s too hard”. Bla ha ha, no wonder why I don’t like COD.

  • Machine1

    I LOLed at that last comment

  • njb

    so CS:GO is being released on all platforms but the Cross platform play has been axed?

    Y? wouldnt mind playin some PC players and Live players IF MS Let Valve do the cross play.

    Doesnt sound difficult, We have steamworks with Portal 2

    • Allen

      M$ won’t open their system up though. I really wish we could play live players at least, PC was going to be tough but I wanted the challenge. With move sharpshooter support along with keyboard/mouse on PS3 support I think I could have mopped up a bit.

    • edgex

      I’ll tell you why. Because MS did a study, where PC players played console gamers, and even mediocre PC players beat console players, every game, every time. Because a mouse and keyboard is just so much more accurate.

      I was also on the beta test group for Duke Nukem Forever, and everyone used a wired XBOX controller but I used my deathadder mouse. I went 50-0. It just wouldnt be a fun experience for console players. It has little to nothing to do with MS being open or anything of the sort.

    • Allen

      I disagree.

      First off I’m talking about live and PS gamers, 2nd PC and PS3 already got cross platform in a number of titles. 3rd M$ could do it but won’t allow it.

  • Brevs

    But it wasn’t Microsofts fault that they ditched cross platform. Vavle ditched it because they wanted to frequently update the PC version of the game. And as you know Xbox and PS3 updating isnt as open as steam is. So they dropped it. And no, Going against PC wasn’t going to be “tough”. They were going to kick your ass no matter what. Which is another reason why MS scrapped their plans back in 2010 to let cross platform be allowed on all Windows Live games. Do you really have that much of a beef with MS to blindly and ignorantly blame them for “not allowing” cross platform on CS GO even though they had nothing to do with it?

    • Allen

      I do hate M$ but no I wasn’t blaming them for Valve ditching cross platform.

      But fk you dude. Move sharpshooter support. Ever play on a controller against someone with move sharpshooter?

      Also CS will support keyboard mouse for PS3 dude. So chill the hell out please

  • njb

    No, I have beef with MS but im not ignorant I have my reasons. But that doesnt explain why MS didnt have Portal 2 steamworks and PC, MAC & PS3 did.

    Fair enough mouse & keyboard, but Cross platform play would have been nice. Even if it wasnt fair.

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