Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is an online shooter developed by Valve Software and Hidden Path Entertainment. It is the third offshoot of Counter-Strike, a game that started as a modification for Half-Life and became the world’s most famous online shooter. Since the original weapon skins were introduced, Valve has released new collections with a total of 31 new skins. Even the spectrum case knives are impressive to look at.
The principle, as well as the gameplay of the original, remain unchanged in the latest title. It is based on its source code, like its indirect predecessor, Counter-Strike: Source, which has received some improvements and new graphical features. First, the development goal was to bring Counter-Strike from the PC to the console market with contemporary graphics and a few new game elements. But this game is not the only title that has made huge improvements. One of the new features are skins – often called finishes – which are essentially textures for the weapons. Although they only serve cosmetic purposes, they are highly sought after, and some are sold for as high as $199.99 on marketplaces such as Case 51.
Valve employees have emphasized in interviews several times that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is not Counter-Strike 2. For the development of the basic game for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Hidden Path was commissioned and Valve recognized the potential of the game and took over further development work after the release. Compared to its predecessors, there are more weapons and items in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, as well as new game modes and new maps. The focus is on competition-driven gameplay. This is supported by new features like the matchmaking system.
Valve’s DOTA 2 initially had problems with performance and offered only small graphical improvements. The console versions did not receive many updates after the initial release compared to the PC version. With CS: GO getting more and more new features and content, the game gained popularity. More and more leagues and tournaments were devoted to the game, which eventually led to its place at the top of the worldwide eSports scene. The new Counter-Strike was released on August 21st as a downloadable title available on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.
Source 2 For CS:GO And Other Changes
There’s some exciting news for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Source 2 as it uses the Rubikon physics engine. This could mean improvements in-game physics like grenade flying curves. With the change of engine, it will definitely be possible to switch to a Panoramic UI. The dynamic interface solution is also already implemented in DOTA 2. Most likely, there will not be a straight engine change but rather piece by piece as modules of Source 2 are implemented like Rubicon physics and panoramic UI.
Through updates, the game is constantly being developed and further enriched with new content and we’re all excited about what updates are coming next. With China now opened up, many more players are joining the leagues of those playing and competing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The CS:GO community has just gotten massively bigger and we can expect many more updates in the future.
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