Gabe Newell, managing director of Valve, has said the inclusion of cross-platform play is “certainly a goal” for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which was announced earlier this month.
Speaking with PC Games, Newell said that gamers should be able play online together, regardless of their chosen platform.
“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.”
Newell said he acknowledges that contractual obligations and other issues make cross-platform play difficult to accomplish, but it is Valve’s preference to “always to let customers play and be part of the larger community.”
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is set for an early 2012 release, however fans attending PAX Prime and Eurogamer Expo will have an opportunity at some hands-on time with long awaited sequel.