Valve are aiming to release the latest game in the Counter-Strike series, Global Offensive, this Summer, according to CVG. Whilst it’s not a firm date, it’s a good indication of when we should see the game. That’s on Valve Time, mind, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a delay before then.
As you’ll know, Valve offered cross platform play between PS3 and PC with Portal 2 when it released amongst many other features. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Gabe Newell confirmed that the latest Counter-Strike game would also feature multiplayer between both platforms.
Unfortunately, Joystiq state that Valve have decided to scrap this functionality, after realising through the ongoing beta that in order to keep the Steam version updated frequently, they’ll need to separate the multiplayer, removing this feature altogether.
This all makes sense, though; the PC/Mac and PS3 versions may very well to turn out to be different games, and every update for PC would unbalance the multiplayer; Valve have stated that this will “essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them.”
So, what do you think – are you less excited for the release now that you won’t get to play the multiplayer cross platform?