What do you guys think Counter-Strike 3 will bring alongside it? I think some kind of Battlefield/Call of Duty-esque levelling system is practically de rigeur nowadays, but how would that interact with the buying weapons mechanic? Is the game too hardcore to let Valve put in silly hats like TF2, or do you think they'd make it somewhat softer like what they did to TF2? (If you remember the earliest videos of TF2, it was a pretty slick modern setting with guys getting their throats slit and stuff).
Just curious. CS is still one of the most popular shooters in the world, so I have to imagine that Valve is prepping another one for release next year or in 2012.