Back in June Valve let the world know during E3 when Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would be released. True to its announcement of an August launch, Valve today announced pre-orders of CS: GO have gone live, with a launch date of August 21.
The sequel of the original Counter-Strike team-based action game released 12 years ago, CS: GO will expand on that game’s features with new maps, characters, and weapons and introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more. You’ll even get updated versions of classic CS content to play with. And all within a Mac as well as Windows environment.
The pre-order comes with a sale that includes 10% off CS: GO or 66% off the CS: Complete, which includes Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The game has been in beta for many months, and perusing the forums and posts on other sites shows quite a lot of controversy regarding the game. The biggest issue continues to be around changes that make identifying enemies versus teammates more difficult. Could the complaints be justified, or the whining of those who are used to CS the way it is and unwilling to relearn a new set of gameplay mechanics? Certainly when CS: Source was originally released, not a few community members complained then as well. Only time will tell, however, whether this will be the game that every CS player aims to upgrade to.