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Cross-Platform Play Removed From Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Posted on March 6, 2012 AT 07:35am

THE BUZZ: Valve has decided to drop cross-platform play from it’s upcoming multi-platform game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The developer planned to allow PC users to face off against PlayStation 3 players, but sadly this will no longer be the case. The functionality was removed based on feedback from the current beta test.

“The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC,” Valve’s Chet Faliszek told Joystiq. ”To do that we need to separate the platforms so one doesn’t hamstring the other. So for that, we have removed the idea of cross-platform play – essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them.”

Yesterday it was announced that the game is heading for a Summer release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

EGM’s TAKE: Cross-platform play was never going to work in a fast paced FPS like Counter-Strike. Barely any PlayStation 3 owners actually have a keyboard and mouse for their console and a controller would never cut it. Luckily this removal means that all three versions can be kept up to date without the risk of leaving one platform at a disadvantage due to patch release timing.

Is removing cross-platform play a good thing? Leave your thoughts below.

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