Valve to offer CybercafÃ© subscribers and Condition Zero owners first crack at Half-Life 2 multiplay.
Late today, Valve announced that it is close to recruiting the first beta-testers for Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2's multiplayer component. According to an e-mail blast from Valve, a limited-time beta of Counter-Strike: Source will begin later this summer via the developer's Steam download service. Subscribers of the Valve CybercafÃ© Program will be the first invited to the beta, which will be extended to owners of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero at a later date.
Other than reminding the world that Counter-Strike is still "the world's number one online action game," Valve gave no other details on the beta. However, Valve head Gabe Newell did demonstrate Counter-Strike: Source at this year's E3 festival. GameSpot will have more details on the Counter-Strike: Source beta as they become available. Half-Life 2's release date is still to be announced, although Newell recently indicated that he's hoping it will go gold in August.
News source: GameSpot