We have some important news for those of you who are planning to pick up Counter-Strike Global Offensive later this year and unfortunately, it isn’t good. Valve has confirmed that they are going to scrap the promising cross-platform play feature from the game, after feedback from the multiplayer beta.
You may remember last year when Valve touted the ability for PS3 players to play alongside PC and Mac players simultaneously on the same server. It was a feature that we were really looking forward to trying out, but for now it seems it looks like Valve has decided to keep the platforms separate, as noted by Joystiq.
The reason for this is that they plan to add frequent updates to the PC and Mac versions of the game after launch, and they wouldn’t be able to do this as frequently as they like, with the game essentially tied to the PS3 version of Global Offensive. PC players are going to be delighted about this of course, but it may just kill off the interest that PS3 gamers had in picking this up.
The multiplayer beta is ongoing as we speak, with a release still scheduled for sometime this Summer on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. For those of you who are wondering, the cross platform features in Portal 2 between PC and PS3 are still operating right now, so it will be interesting to see if the PS3 version of the game still ships with some kind of Steam functionality, or if it is being removed full stop.
On the other hand, there is a bit debate on whether cross platform play would have worked from the start anyway, given that PS3 players may have been at a disadvantage to PC players using the traditional keyboard and mouse combo. The PS3 game will still have support for K&M, but using this in a living room environment is obviously different to sitting down on a desk and playing.
What a shame, we have been bigging up the cross-platform features of the PS3 for a while now and Counter-Strike Global Offensive was going to be one of the highlights – PC it is then. Give us your reaction to this.