Keep your Battlefields and your Call of Dutys (Calls of Duty?) - every PC gamer worth his salt knows that nothing beat Valve's original Counter-Strike for the multiplayer thwarting of terrorism. But times move on, and without HD graphics and dynamic lighting, CS is really starting to look its venerable age. So rejoice, gamers of the world, in the news that developer Valve is signed on to have us back in our combat boots and whacking tangos for the sequel sometime in 2012.
Titled 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive', the sequel will be an updated, but still multiplayer-focussed follow-up to the original Counter-Strike, which will include updated versions of classic maps (confirmed so far: de_dust) and new gameplay modes, matchmaking and leaderboards, bringing it up to speed with big-name shooters like Battlefield and CoD.
However, it doesn't sound like CS:GO will be competing directly with the real FPS heavyweights, as the game will come to us on consoles via the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade, traditionally the home of smaller releases. A purely multiplayer experience, then? Probably, although Valve have said that the game will also include "new characters". Colour us intrigued.
The original Counter-Strike, released way back in 1999, was initially a mod for the first Half-Life game whose popularity unexpectedly exploded, making it an online favourite and internet cafe staple. "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" says Valve's Doug Lombardi. "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." Can Valve recapture the magic? Let us know via e-mail or on the T3 Twitter feed.