Valve and Nexon Korea have partnered together to unveil Counter-Strike Online 2. The upcoming first-person shooter is the sequel to the free-to-play, 2007 shooter Counter-Strike Online, which has been a huge phenomenon over in Asia.
As stated in the press release...
Under the terms of the agreement, Nexon Korea will develop and be the exclusive publisher of Counter-Strike Online 2 in Japan, Korea, China and other areas in Southeast Asia. Nexon Korea intends to continue to leverage its proven development expertise and deep understanding of local markets to make Counter-Strike Online 2 one of the leading first-person shooter titles in the region.
Anyone in the FPS tournament scene will tell you that CSO is a mean game when it comes to the competitive atmosphere, and Nexon and Valve want to take it a step further by enhancing both the gameplay mechanics and the play options to bring gamers something even bigger and better than what they received in the original Counter-Strike Online.
Unfortunately, other than the brief tidbits of being "Bigger, Better" and "Stronger" we don't really have much else to say about the game. There will be bigger environments, better graphics and stronger guns. The only other thing is a slightly more in-depth weapon customization feature, so yeah...you have that to look forward to.
For now there hasn't been any word on the distribution of the game in North America and Europe but it seems pretty obvious that Valve will probably handle the digital rollout of Counter-Strike Online 2 Stateside and in the Queen's Pond as Counter-Strike: Global Offense. You can't really learn more about the game unless you know Japanese but you can try your hand anyways at the Official Nexon Japanese Website.