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Valve drops Counter-Strike PS3/PC cross-play

on 6 March 2012

Valve’s revealed it has canned plans for PlayStation 3/PC cross-platform play for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Apparently, the decision boiled down to the fact its inclusion could hamper the studio’s ability to provide frequent post-launch updates for the shooter.

"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 explained to 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."

Cross-play would have presumably translated quite smoothly for Counter-Strike, given the fact Sony’s flagship console features keyboard and mouse compatibility.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is due out on PS3, PC and Xbox 360 in summer 2012.

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