Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Announced

Valve has announced a sequel to the much acclaimed first-person shooter, Counter-Strike, set for release on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam in early 2012.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will feature new maps, weapons, characters, new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more. Updated versions of Classic CS content will also be available.

“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,” Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said in today’s announcement. “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.”

Gamers can get their hands on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive later this month at PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.