Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Is Not Counter-Strike 2

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Is Not Counter-Strike 2


For some reason, the folks at Valve are acting a bit defensive when it comes to the Internet’s perception of their upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title. Apparently, they want to clarify what CS:GO is before the fan base gets carried away with the usual speculation. Chet Faliszek, one of the writers over at Valve, attempts to set the record straight:

“A lot of Counter-Strike: GO is taking Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike 1.6 and melding it into a product that every side likes and also expanding the base by putting it out on the consoles,” he said. “Whereas Counter-Strike 2, at least internally, we think about as something different.”

Essentially, Valve is hoping that Global Offensive will be the game that CS: Source was meant to be in 2004. When CS:S was released, Valve intended for the community to make a large-scale shift from 1.6 to CS:S, but that never happened. In fact, 2004’s update only served to split the community up. Faliszek and company are hoping that CS:GO will mend the broken community and invigorate the franchise with some new blood.

I guess, I’m not sure why Valve thinks they need to be so semantically specific. Counter-Strike is a multiplayer-only title with no campaign mode. So, how could we even tell if it’s a sequel? New Maps? New engine?

It sounds like a sequel to me, but hopefully Valve’s specificity means that they have big plans for Counter-Strike’s future.

Global Offensive will hit shelves in early 2012.

By Josh Engen

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