Counter: Strike GO gets a firm release date during beta testing
Approx Release Date: Summer 2012
Counter Strike: Global Offensive drops cross-platform play due to ‘timing issues’
Counter Stike: Global Offensive has been in beta for a while, even though entry to it is difficult. Fans were excited about being able to play on the PS3 or PC and play together (and maybe even Xbox 360 owners). Well, Valve has changed that: there will be no cross-platform play.
Apparently beta testing has actually caused Valve to remove cross-platform play. The reason is that including cross-platform play would mean updates wouldn’t be regular, and Valve would like to provide regular updates.
Chet Falizek of Valve said “The beta has proved we want to update … the game itself post-launch.” He went on to argue that removing cross-platform play had actually made each platform stronger because players will be getting the latest version of the game quickly.
Along with this, Valve couldn’t have cross-platform play for all consoles. Sony’s PlayStation Network is much more open than Xbox Live, and there were worries that updates to Xbox Live would take longer than for Sony. However, the company had never ruled out cross-platform play between Steam and Xbox Live. Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, said that the “main thing is having Microsoft become comfortable with Steamworks.”
Releasing this summer
Valve have also confirmed that the game will launch in the summer, but didn’t reveal a specific month. They also said the public release will come with new and updated maps, from those in the beta, along with new gameplay modes and leaderboards.
Global Offensive began as a port of Counter Strike: Source to the Xbox 360 by Hidden Path Entertainment, but Valve saw the opportunity to expand the gameplay and decided to create a full game. The game entered development in March 2010, and was revealed in August 2011.
Valve began the beta for Global Offensive on November 30, 2011, which will last until the community is satisfied with the game. Retail released will happen after the beta has finished.
Valve will open up the beta gradually as it becomes stable, until everyone can play. Right now signing up on Valve’s website is the most likely way to net a key.