Valve's 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' coming to Mac in 2012

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
A sequel to Counter-Strike, still one of the most popular online games 12 years after it launched, will arrive in early 2012 on Mac OS X as well as Windows with "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive."



The creator of the competitive first-person shooter, Valve, formally announced the game on Friday, revealing that the title will come to its Steam digital distribution service next year. Steam became available on the Mac last year, bringing with it hit titles like Team Fortress 2 and Portal.



In addition to Mac OS X, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will also be available on Steam on the PC, and via the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. The new Counter-Strike will feature new maps, characters and weapons, as well as updated versions of original levels like "de_dust."



In addition, Global Offensive is set to introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leaderboards and more. The first Counter-Strike launched as a beta modification of the Half-Life game engine in August of 1999.



"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," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve.



"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."







The new Counter-Strike is being developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path entertainment. It will be playable at this year's PAX Prime Expo, along with the Eurogamer Expo 2011.



While waiting for Global Offensive to launch in early 2012, gamers on the Mac can get their Counter-Strike fix right now with Counter-Strike: Source, available on Steam for $19.99. The online team-based game launched in 2004 running on the Source engine that powers other Valve titles like Half-Life 2.
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  • Reply 1 of 31
    For those not counting, this will be the fifth Source game to be announced, developed, and released since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and the announcement of Episode 3.



    The five are Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Dota 2, and now Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.



    I fully support what Valve wants to develop, they make great games, but they really need to just admit that Episode 3 has been canned and stop leading the community on.
  • Reply 2 of 31
    Matchmaking = fail These guys forgot that the game lived so many years cause the support of a lot of clans around the world besides the hardcore gamer + the leagues.

    How are they supposed to play together using matchmaking??

    I am glad to hear they are coming back but I am sorry they are following activation/ea steps..





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  • Reply 3 of 31
    rokradrokrad Posts: 143member
    Mac OS X needs more graphic drivers!



    And matchmaking has always been a part of PC and console games as of late... It's just PC users will get the server browser which valve always has so clans will have no problem. I'm looking forward to this and Dota 2!
  • Reply 4 of 31
    More glorification of war and death. DIsgusting
  • Reply 5 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rokrad View Post


    Mac OS X needs more graphic drivers!



    And matchmaking has always been a part of PC and console games as of late... It's just PC users will get the server browser which valve always has so clans will have no problem. I'm looking forward to this and Dota 2!



    Sorry to not share your view, been playing long enough to point out why is bad. It came with Modern Warfare 2 cause that game was a port from the gaming consoles to pc. You don't even need to be in a clan to suffer from matchmaking.

    I have almost 10 years playing FPS on Mac with game titles like Soldier of Fortune, Ghost Recon Desert Siege, Raven Shield when we used to hang in Game Ranger. And got used to play with people from different countries like Australia, NZ, UK, Germany, Latin America, USA & Canada. One flaw matchmaking has is that almost make impossible or too troublesome to play with your friends since the matchmaking will force you most of the times to play on a server where you can get a good ping.



    When I had MW2 I used to be forced to join a server in latin america and nobody I know. It is like trying to play with your buddies in World of Tanks unless you spend a good amount of bucks on it.



    Hopefully will have a server list that "works" since that is another problem with ranked or unranked servers but time will tell.



    Some of you won't consider matchmaking a problem, you are lone wolfs. But when you get used to play with a team for fun or in leagues like I got used... it matters. My clan has more than a hundred members active and we are just watching how the old days of good games are gone. One of our last hopes sit with Red Orchestra.
  • Reply 6 of 31
    mysticmystic Posts: 514member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post


    More glorification of war and death. DIsgusting



    I don't think anyone is forcing you to buy or play any games. You are free of course to write and distribute your own games.
  • Reply 7 of 31
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,293member
    How many of these useless War Campaign games does the world need?



    I can understand battling on other planets, different worlds, etc., but another Cold War/Post Cold War campaign? Seriously?



    Do we have to wait until fighting Terrorism has gotten beyond tiring for this crap type of game campaign to stop being produced?
  • Reply 8 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    How many of these useless War Campaign games does the world need?



    I can understand battling on other planets, different worlds, etc., but another Cold War/Post Cold War campaign? Seriously?



    Do we have to wait until fighting Terrorism has gotten beyond tiring for this crap type of game campaign to stop being produced?



    Our DNA is written to kill. It is our nature to kill everything. Just take a look at human history. Always been that way and probably will be until our end as a race. You can deny it, it is your right but remember that while you are eating meat or any animal, buy products from a third world country that exploit workers you are supporting violence un unfairness.



    What a game can possibly do to make us worst as a race?
  • Reply 9 of 31
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,687member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post


    More glorification of war and death. DIsgusting



    What a pathetic comment.



    War, especially virtual war games and killing enemies on your large LCD screen from the comfort of your own home is a hell of a lot of fun. It's only a game afterall. There are plenty of other game genres for somebody to choose from if they suffer from psychological issues and mental health problems which prevents these people from having any fun.



    You should check out the Smurfs game for the iPad, that's probably right up your alley.



    I happen to find the ideas of anti-war people to be naive, offensive and disgusting.
  • Reply 10 of 31
    rokradrokrad Posts: 143member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by plokoonpma View Post


    Sorry to not share your view, been playing long enough to point out why is bad. It came with Modern Warfare 2 cause that game was a port from the gaming consoles to pc. You don't even need to be in a clan to suffer from matchmaking.

    I have almost 10 years playing FPS on Mac with game titles like Soldier of Fortune, Ghost Recon Desert Siege, Raven Shield when we used to hang in Game Ranger. And got used to play with people from different countries like Australia, NZ, UK, Germany, Latin America, USA & Canada. One flaw matchmaking has is that almost make impossible or too troublesome to play with your friends since the matchmaking will force you most of the times to play on a server where you can get a good ping.



    When I had MW2 I used to be forced to join a server in latin america and nobody I know. It is like trying to play with your buddies in World of Tanks unless you spend a good amount of bucks on it.



    Hopefully will have a server list that "works" since that is another problem with ranked or unranked servers but time will tell.



    Some of you won't consider matchmaking a problem, you are lone wolfs. But when you get used to play with a team for fun or in leagues like I got used... it matters. My clan has more than a hundred members active and we are just watching how the old days of good games are gone. One of our last hopes sit with Red Orchestra.







    I personally don't mind using matchmaking when I'm bored at home and looking for a quick start game. Valve I find is able to make a server list work as they do it in every multiplayer game they create (except Portal 2 which only is coop so no list is needed).



    MW2 was one of the reason so many PC players got angry with it due to the lack of a server list but it was brought back in Black Ops. Developers of PC titles know server lists are important and Valve is big on this. I would be absolutely surprised if Valve did not include one.
  • Reply 11 of 31
    rokradrokrad Posts: 143member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    How many of these useless War Campaign games does the world need?



    I can understand battling on other planets, different worlds, etc., but another Cold War/Post Cold War campaign? Seriously?



    Do we have to wait until fighting Terrorism has gotten beyond tiring for this crap type of game campaign to stop being produced?



    Counter-Strike has always been about terrorists... Came about the Clinton era I believe? Just FYI
  • Reply 12 of 31
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    Do we have to wait until fighting Terrorism has gotten beyond tiring for this crap type of game campaign to stop being produced?



    So you're forced to play these games? You're held at gunpoint to read news about them? Your family is tortured unless you complain about them on forums when you obviously don't care? What?



    Also, you're implying that fighting against terrorism will ever stop. That's abject nonsense.



    Terrorists existed (shocker, I know) before ten years ago. Big fricking deal.
  • Reply 13 of 31
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,293member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by plokoonpma View Post


    Our DNA is written to kill. It is our nature to kill everything. Just take a look at human history. Always been that way and probably will be until our end as a race. You can deny it, it is your right but remember that while you are eating meat or any animal, buy products from a third world country that exploit workers you are supporting violence un unfairness.



    What a game can possibly do to make us worst as a race?



    It is our nature to evolve. Civilization was a step away from the necessity to be Hunter/Gatherers.



    If you noticed I prefaced my statement specifically towards Military Industrial Complex Circle Jerk Games, not Self-preservation against Aliens and other World Campaigns.
  • Reply 14 of 31
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,293member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    So you're forced to play these games? You're held at gunpoint to read news about them? Your family is tortured unless you complain about them on forums when you obviously don't care? What?



    Also, you're implying that fighting against terrorism will ever stop. That's abject nonsense.



    Terrorists existed (shocker, I know) before ten years ago. Big fricking deal.



    They're boring as hell, is my point. Hell, the games of the mid-90s were far more entertaining when we had half-ass graphic capabilities.



    I enjoyed Marathon, Quake, Doom, etc., like the rest of anyone whose ever played a first person shooter, but how many f'n WWII, Terrorist, Cold War circle jerks do we really need?



    Where are the new frontier games that aren't about dealing with massive extermination, but serious strategy campaigns that require building colonies allowing one to switch from 3rd person back to first person immersion?
  • Reply 15 of 31
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    CS was the first computer game I've ever played. Even before mine sweeper or solitaire. I played it in a lan cafe even before I had a PC. My second one was RA 2. I don't play that much now, but its awesome to know that the game is still alive.
  • Reply 16 of 31
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post


    More glorification of war and death. DIsgusting



    NRA is a glorification of war and death. They buy real guns and shoot real people (and occasionally animals). Counter strike was the reason I got into computers. The reason I started researching what the hell TCP/ IP was. How to mod the game, how to change skins, sounds, how to create sprays in paint. What processor / ram / hard disk requirements were. Ventrillo, xfire, VoiP Etc. I can go on and on and on.



    Not to mention the history exams I passed after playing age of empires and learning about huns, Joan D'Arc (and doing additional research, but I already had a vague idea about who those people were).



    Plus strategy and critical thinking and reaction time.



    Video games, even the violent ones, are much more helpful and beneficial than a lot of other activities kids can spend their time on.



    EDIT: Oh and not to mention people I've talked to all around the world playing clan matches against people from UK and Australia and China. You can't get that kind of reach when you are 13-14 in any other activity.
  • Reply 17 of 31
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Valve have been very good at supporting the Mac. It's surprising how many games on Steam are dual-platform. I would prefer they also released them on the MAS, though I don't expect them to.
  • Reply 18 of 31
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ascii View Post


    Valve have been very good at supporting the Mac. It's surprising how many games on Steam are dual-platform. I would prefer they also released them on the MAS, though I don't expect them to.



    Not really. They have ported their games to Mac, sure, and they run pretty well most of the time, but they don't have nearly the kind of cross-platform support that even Microsoft gives, let alone a game dev like Blizzard. Namely, just the retail games are available. The Source SDK is still, and with no hint that this will ever change, Windows-only. Yes, the platform known for it's creative users, Valve won't port it's creative tools.
  • Reply 19 of 31
    Anyone know the game is a upgrade of Counter-Strike: Source or Counter-Strike: 1.6?



    I will be happily looking forward to it if it's a upgrade or enhanced version of Counter-Strike: 1.6!!!
  • Reply 20 of 31
    Haha...they really will do absolutely anything to avoid going back to the Half-Life series.
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