Before the Modern Warfare and Bad Company series ran realistic team-based combat into the ground, there was Counter-Strike. Valve's once-staggeringly popular multiplayer shooter hasn't made too many headlines since its 2004 makeover, but it looks set to make a comeback—and, hopefully, show the new kids how it's done.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun has the details, although those are sparse at the moment. Here's the gist of it: Valve apparently invited some folks to its headquarters and showed them a title called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. News broke out on Reddit, on the E-Sports Entertainment Facebook page, and on the Steam forums, where CS co-creator Cliffe confirmed the title's name.
As RPS points out, the E-Sports Entertainment Facebook posting says more news is coming in the morning. Chances are Valve is gearing up for the big reveal and was just revving up the hype machine ahead of time.
I sank more evenings than I'd care to admit into both the original CS and CS: Source, both of which just felt like they were tuned to perfection. There was something addictive about emptying a P90 into someone during a crazed rush to the bomb site—or playing cat and mouse during the last couple of minutes of a round, when a small number of surviving players (sometimes just me and one other guy) sneaked around a mostly empty map, trying to either hunt each other down or complete the objective before the clock ran out. For all their pizazz and purported realism, games like the Modern Warfare series never seemed quite as fun to me—or as memorable.
Update 1:42 PM: Valve has put up a Steam store page for the game, so I guess it's official.
The page contains a few additional tidbits of information:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) will expand upon the team-based action gameplay that it pioneered when it was launched 12 years ago.
CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.
Valve is co-developing the game with the folks at Hidden Path Entertainment, and it's shooting for an early 2012 release.