Valve has announced that the original online-centric FPS will be making a comeback. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, developed in partnership with Hidden Path Entertainment, will update the classic game to bring it in line with the competition when it launches "early 2012" on PC and Mac, as well as consoles via PSN and XBLA.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will include new maps, characters, and weapons and updates versions of classic CS levels ( including the much-loved de_dust and many others). Naturally, CS: GO will also introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more. Over a dozen years have have passed since the original Counter-Strike practically defined the online multiplayer scene, and there's plenty of catching up to do.
Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999. 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. CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac. - Valve's Doug Lombardi
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is slated for an "early 2012" release on Steam, PSN and XBLA. We'll keep you updated with the latest - and you'd do well to keep your eyes on its newly-updated Steam Store entry.