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Rumour – Valve to release new Counter-strike game

Friday, 12th August 2011 07:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Comments from play testers and eSports figures suggest Valve may have an unexpected release up its sleeve.

According to a post on the ESEA forums, member Craig “Torbull” Levine is among a number of gamers asked to visit Valve and assist in testing a new Counter-strike game.

Posts on the ESEA Facebook page give the game’s title as Counter-strike: Global Offensive, with collaborative comments from a Redditor lending credence.

Levine posted a photo of himself at Valve, by the company’s famous lobby decoration, as proof of his visit.

Similar stories have surfaced on the Steam forums, and have not been locked down by moderators.

ESL Pro manager Bastian Vieser also backs up the rumour:

“Just spend all day playing the new Counterstrike Global Offensive #CSGO at the #Valve HQ ! God I love my job.. oh and yeah… its that good!”

The eSports manager also checked in at Valve Software via Foursquare.

The most recent game in the Counter-strike series, an original Valve IP and one of the studio’s key multiplayer franchises, is Counter-strike: Source, a remake of the first game rebuilt on the Source engine.

CS:S was first released in 2004 but has seen almost continuous development and support since its addition to the Steam catalogue. It is still considered one of the foremost PC multiplayer shooters.

Valve plays its in-development cards very close to the chest. Its only known project is fellow eSports candidate DOTA 2, soon to be debuted at gamescom next week.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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  1. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m only interested if it’s on console.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maximum Payne

    Actually after BF and CoD I would sure love if CS make a comeback.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    they absolutely will do it. They said that they will release new Counter-Strike after PORTAL 2. Gabe said this himself.
    Nope, it’s not Gabe… they had a Poll which VALVE community want first: Portal 2 or CS?
    People voted for Portal 2 first.

    Now it’s time for the new Counter-Strike. My only problem is the engine.

    @1,

    Counter-Strike on consoles? Lawl… NOOB.

    this game is not about cheap AUTO-AIM and bad controls. If you can’t aim and move fast (jump at certain situations or duck), communicate which is super important it’s your only problem. The games mechanic is heavy on the precision, tactics and in huge maps even communication (like in Battlefield) it’s not your arcadish running and gunning cheap mechanic which involves zero tactics or whatsoever.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Fin

    @3

    LOL. It’s not like console games/versions make far more money than PC games.
    Hopefully they’ll adapt the design for controllers.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. BULArmy

    For once I am with Erth, CS is too much precision for the average console gamer. Yeah CS on the original Xbox was one of the most played games, but the original Xbox was much more hardcore console than 360. Valve will risk too much if they bring the same experience to consoles and PC.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @4, CS sold already a lot on the PC. A lot and still on top of the STEAM charts and will continue to sell.

    “Hopefully they’ll adapt the design for controllers.”

    Oh yeah… controller – is a bad control scheme for the precision and movement in shooters. Counter-Strike’s main mechanic.
    Games like Call Of Duty which involves style over substance? Works because gameplay is weak.

    This one? Won’t.

    Valve won’t do it, like they don’t port DOTA 2 to console. Why? Because it’s not working with the controller for F sake.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Fin

    @5
    Ur, how can one console be “more hardcore” – is it because it sold less?

    @6
    Ya bro, works for things like Gears of War and Battlefield too.
    Style over substance because gameplay is weak.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. BloodyJoe

    I’m only interested if a PS3 version with move support is coming!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. azmza

    Console for noobs who cant deal with keyboard and mouse ends story, enjoy.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. ultramega

    YES, PLEASE, VALVe!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Fin

    @8

    Fuck move. CS: Kinect and they can have my money.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Edo

    3?

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @7,
    Gears Of War is perfect for gamepad and it was designed for gamepad.
    Battlefield on consoles is clusterfuckness although you can play it with auto-aim and there is a substance over style.
    Battlefield is not only shooting, but vehicle combat and heavy vehicle combat.

    So, no bro. Keep dreaming the same way console gamers want DOTA 2 on Xbox 360.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Yoshi

    @4 After the success of Counter-Strike I doubt they NEEED to make it for consoles :P

    #14 3 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    oh come on!!!

    you not remember fucking half life anymore??!! -__-

    dont get me wrong though this is still cool news and i’ll be there day one like everybody else but im just so tired of waiting for ANY half life news!! =(

    #15 3 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    Counter Strike has nothing to do with “precision”.

    That’s why there’s no ADS, and you can headshot someone with a pistol from across the map with realative ease.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Yoshi

    Ohhh god fail troll is fail.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    I think if PC can have console ported games, which in some cases they are thankfull for that, why in the world we console gamers cannot ask for a Console port of this game?, we are gamers too, iam happy when games like assassins creed, gears, halo, etc goes to PC too, because in the end PC gamers win too, what i dont understand why we can deserve the same thing, it is pretty selfish, therefore please stop talking this nonsense, at least dont desire the non port to consoles, we all deserve good games PC and console alike.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. viralshag

    lol @ all the pad haters.

    You KB&M elitists make me laugh so much. You bang on and on about how the pad is inferior and that you’re a noob for using it.

    And then often I hear in the same arguments “I will use a pad… for vehicles,” because you find the controls easier and better. How can you then turn around and tell people, who are more comfortable for using a pad with an FPS, regardless of whether it is better or not, that they are a noob?

    Half the time they always admit to using a game pad for certain games. I’m not even sure what your main problem is with people using a pad? I use my gamepad for every game I can on the PC because I was previously a console only gamer but decided to show the PC some love.

    You guys that always attack people for using pads are a strange bunch.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Yoshi

    @18 True, however PC and Console are like brothers, they have a love hate relationship. Where as Xbox and Playstation are like sisters bitching over which has the better boyfriend/makeup/clothes while their baby sister (Wii) sits on the floor rubbing jam into the carpet.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. StolenGlory

    @16

    ‘Counter-Strike has nothing to do with precision’.

    Indeed, it has almost everything to do with your coding skills ;)

    #21 3 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    lol! Actually, wasn’t it CS players who invented the ‘aimbot’??

    #22 3 years ago
  23. StolenGlory

    @22

    I believe so, yeah!

    #23 3 years ago
  24. stretch215

    Of course it will be on console! Valve will NOT miss out on all that money. Fps is the number 1 genre on consoles, and I bet the only reason they are making this game is to compete with the big shooters. Games like dota won’sell on console, that’s why they won’t port it (corny anyways) . But believe, if they thought it would be worth it, they would do it. It’s all about money for the dev at the end of the day.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @24 I think that’s fairly unlikely. Counter-Strike is the definition of e-sports, and while crossplatform games are also included in the league, I strongly doubt that Valve would take something so succesful and risk ruining it just to get a handful of more sales.

    They didn’t have a lot of succes porting their other multiplayer shooters, so I doubt that it’s so attractive to them. Wrestling Microsoft every time they want to patch it up.

    That isn’t to say they won’t make a halfassed port onto consoles, and they do have the cooperation with Sony, but anything Counter-Strike will do more than well enough on PC. And if they lose the e-sports credibility, then they lose the brand.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    @24, U MAD BRO?

    DOTA 2 won’t sell because it is going to be FREE first of all (and everyone in love with free games, especially if it is from VALVE).

    Also, you won’t see it because counter-Strike is a heavy e-Sport game. there was already a Half-Life|CS port on the XBOX 1 which… no one played to begin with no matter how games were awesome.

    and don’t even bother with console sales, because Counter-Strike always do more than enough on the PC. It’s always somewhere, in some place in TOP Steam sales for the PC even today.

    “And then often I hear in the same arguments “I will use a pad… for vehicles,””

    from noobs? I’m don’t use pads for vehicles EVER. Keyboard and with mouse precision to use vehicle is much more comfortable. SCHWING!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. mojo

    PUMPED!

    #27 3 years ago
  28. M. K.

    I played CS:S with the 360 controller and it worked fine. Sure it was no console optimized port, but it worked.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. millsy

    I think it will be on consoles it doesn’t have to be the definitive or esport version. CS is so popular now because it runs on a cereal box you can have what 6 cd keys from 6 games that let you get CS or 5$ on steam. Ask all the old CS players 60$ for a new game “fixed like source” with better graphics i bet its not as big as you think it will be based on old CS success

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Gadzooks!

    It will be on consoles for sure.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. viralshag

    Why would they bring Portal 2 to the consoles and not this?

    #31 3 years ago
  32. StolenGlory

    @31

    Because Portal 2 didn’t step on CoD’s online console multiplayer toes.

    It would be extremely difficult for Valve to make any sort of impact on consoles with CoD, BF and Halo saturating the market, meaning that tragically, it would get lost in the shuffle.

    Especially given how similiar Counter-Strike would be percieved to be by the less-learned console folk who have only ever known CoD for their multiplayer fix.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    “Why would they bring Portal 2 to the consoles and not this?”

    Simple answer: Great game for everyone that won’t lose something if it is going to be released on console.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. stretch215

    Friendly wager then? I can’t see any dev with an established Fps franchise skipping consoles. 100 push-ups to the loser :)

    #34 3 years ago
  35. LOLshock94

    this will come out on consoles since valve are getting pretty big on the consoles

    #35 3 years ago
  36. DSB

    @34 Haha, I’ll take it :P

    But then it’s purely a question of whether the game cuts corners for consoles or not. If it’s just a charity port, then it obviously doesn’t hurt the PC version, just like the last time they put Counter-Strike on the consoles.

    @31 Portal isn’t a competitive multiplayer game, so at least if they did the job right, it won’t require a bunch of updates, balancing etc. unlike games like Team Fortress 2 or Counter-Strike. Valve has been pretty vocal about the nightmare of trying to support TF2 for consoles, especially with Microsoft running interference.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Erthazus

    “100 push-ups to the loser”

    ahahaha. Why not? :D challenge accepted.

    the only scenario for this i see that if it is ported to consoles it can be in some… VALVE Orange box for new HALF-LIFE 3 or whatever.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. viralshag

    @ 32 & 36, Thanks for clearing that up. Makes sense.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Christopher Jack

    Typical dictator Erthazus, thankfully you have no real power & no developer is dumb enough to listen to you.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. LOLshock94

    reason why half life did poorly on the xbox was because the 360 and stuff were announced and was pretty pointless buying but counter strike on xbox did really good

    #40 3 years ago
  41. DuckOfDestiny

    @3 “Now it’s time for the new Counter-Strike. My only problem is the engine.”

    Fucking agreed, I love the Steam engine, and I love the fact that it’s made so the can just keep updating and improving it, rather than producing a new engine all the time. However it’s really fallen behind and it’s going to require a massive fucking overhaul if it’s going to compete with some of the more modern games.

    Also has anything been said about this being free to play? It wouldn’t surprise me if it was.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    “Typical dictator Erthazus”

    Call me Iosif Stalin baby. :D

    “thankfully you have no real power & no developer is dumb enough to listen to you.”

    to listen to what? did i said something here like “don’t release CS on consoles”?
    Jeebus. Get over it fanboy. Stop hating people.

    #42 3 years ago