Counter-Strike Reveal Is Being Teased For This Week

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Gamers are gearing up for a lot of reveals this week, with The Game Awards just around the corner. But out of nowhere, one of the longest-serving fanbases are getting teased with a potential reveal: the Counter-Strike community.

The official Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer account tweeted out a teaser earlier this morning. It was a simple question - what are people doing Wednesday, which is presumably Thursday Australian time.

It's notable for a few reasons. Firstly, while the Counter-Strike developers have been more active at any point in recent CS:GO history - there's an active CS:GO Twitter account, a huge change for a community that's accustomed to radio silence - there hasn't been a major operation released for CS:GO since May 23 last year, when Operation Hydra launched.

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In recent times, official in-game Counter-Strike events — Operations, as they're known — have grown rare. Valve only created/curated one in all of 2016. Today, though, without any real warning, they have kicked off a new one. It's called Operation Hydra.

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This image also quickly started doing the rounds on social media, showcasing a beta version of CS:GO playing a mode called "Survival" on a map called "Blacksite":

The existence of a mode called Survival isn't that new, with recent CS:GO patches alluding to its presence over the course of the year. The Valve News Network YouTube channel noted references in CS:GO's console commands. It first popped up almost a full year ago, with commands like +SurvivalSonarPulseSpawnPoint, +info_survival_combat_focus_point, commands for creating survival crates, new model files titled "br_supply_crate" and a string of localisation tokens referencing this "Survival" mode.

Of course, whether the update is what some CS:GO fans have been after for ages - a new CS:GO, or at least a full CS:GO ported to the Source 2 engine - is probably unlikely. But the fact that CS:GO might be getting a major content release, more than a year after the last operation, is at least something.


    The video says GO is doing the best its ever been doing but I still struggle to find populated games most evening of the week.

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