Gabe Newell has said one of the goals Valve has set with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the inclusion of cross-platform play.

Speaking in a video interview with PC Games at Gamescom, Newell said Valve feels gamers shouldbe able to play together no matter what platform they are using.

“We never want to create these ‘islands of players’,” he said. “You have to be sensitive to control differences, and make sure you’re accommodating that, but, you know, our view is players should be able to play as part of a community on whatever device they can.

“You know, sometimes there are contractual, or other issues that make that hard, where somebody, a platform holder doesn’t want you to do that for whatever reason, but our preference is always to let customers play and be part of the larger community.”

CSGO is targeted for release in early 2012 and will be playable at this year’s PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo 2011.                                                                                                                                                                           


From out of left field, a rumor starting brewing yesterday of a brand new Valve title. According to game testers, a new Counter-Strike game was being developed by the world renowned company and set for an early 2012 release. Valve was asked for a comment from multiple gaming news sites, and finally confirmed the title. Releasing on PlayStation Newtork, Xbox Live, and PC, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive WILL be released in early 2012. CS:GO will expand on the tracks laid down by CS:Source by adding new guns, new and revamped maps, and will run on an improved version of Valve