Counter-Strike: Global Offensive announced

Valve has just announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a new game in its wildly popular Counter-Strike franchise. The team-based shooter is targeting Steam (PC and Mac), PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade for early 2012. CS: GO (as it's being called) is being developed at Valve with help from Hidden Path Entertainment, a Seattle studio that cut its Counter-Strike teeth lending a hand on Source updates.

The new game promises new maps, characters, and weapons along with updated versions of classic Counter-Strike content -- "de_dust" is mentioned specifically. Plus we'll see new modes, matchmaking, and leaderboards.

"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 in August 1999," said Valve's Doug Lombardi in the announcement. "For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. 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."

The game will be playable at PAX Prime later this month, and then at the Eurogamer Expo 2011 in September.