Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the long-awaited sequel to one of the most popular online games of all time, finally has a release date: August 21, as announced by Valve on Tuesday. The game will launch simultaneously on Windows and Mac OS X.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will cost a budget price of $14.99, but it is 10% off until Thursday during this week's Midweek Madness promotion on the Steam Store. This brings the price down to $13.49.
As stated, the game will officially release on August 21, but those who pre-order the game will gain access to the beta, starting on August 14th. As that is merely one week ahead of the game's official launch date, it might as well just be early access.
CS:GO features new maps, characters, weapons and gameplay modes, according to the game's product page description. It also features some of the more modern additions to Valve's Source engine over the years since Counter-Strike: Source, such as matchmaking, leader boards and more.
"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 Doug Lombardi at Valve. "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."