Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

06/30/2012 by Jeff Pobst

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

Hi,

I know you haven't heard much from us in a while, and its because we've been building things for you to play and there just hasn't been too much time to talk about it.  CS:GO has gone through 18 major weekly updates on the PC beta and we've learned so much with Valve, watching your metrics and studying how people play the game so we can keep working to make it better than it was before.

You know that there is a release date now and the game will be coming out August 21st, and we're busily getting the game ready for release on multiple platforms (PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3), and doing everything we can to polish the game.

Meanwhile we've also been starting to let ourselves think about "the future" and what lays beyond CS:GO for our studio.  We get your emails and requests asking for more Defense Grid: "I want more Defense Grid" they say, and sometimes it is simply that blunt. 

We hear you, and have come up with some plans on how we might be able to accomplish that and I'll be sharing those plans with you...  in a bit.  I know, I know, on our facebook page I said "in 2 weeks" about 4 weeks ago, and I apologize for that statement - I thought it would be true at the time.  During those two weeks, some surprises took place that caused us to incorporate those surprises into our plans, and it slowed down sharing them with you, because, well, they changed a bit - but we think for the better - so we're excited for when they'll be ready to share.

It has been a whirlwind of activity with CS:GO development and planning for the future and the last 10 weeks or so have been so packed that even as I write this on a Saturday, I'm late for my next meeting and I need to quickly wrap this up.  Let me say that we so appreciate your support of the games we make and we just continually focus on how everything we do meets the bar of it being "better for the player."

Here's to fun play, hopefully you get a lot of it in your life.  We'll be there to keep making it for you.
 


Posted in Company News, CS:GO, Defense Grid | Keywords: CS:GO, Defense Grid

Defense Grid, Counter-Strike, Contests and More

01/13/2012 by Jeff Pobst

Defense Grid, Counter-Strike, Contests and More

Happy New Year! 

I wanted to get back to the blog and give you an update on the goings-on here at Hidden Path Entertainment, so here goes.  Let's start with a myriad of Defense Grid news.

Defense Grid: You Monster and the full bundle (Defense Grid: The Awakening, DG: Borderlands, DG: Resurgence Map Packs, and DG: You Monster) are both available on Steam and have been very popular in the month of December and January.  Thanks much for all your support!  We hope you're really enjoyed the full chapter of GLaDOS coming to the world of Defense Grid that started back almost a year ago when Valve kindly approached us about joining the Portal 2 ARG. 

The game has also been doing well on the Xbox 360 though it can be tough to find on the new dashboard.  Go to the games marketplace and search for Defense Grid as an Xbox LIVE Arcade game and you'll see the game and the expansion content all there for you.  We're also excited to be a "Deal of the Week" along with other top Tower Defense games on XBLA so for another few days you can get Defense Grid at a great deal on the Xbox 360.

Most of the folks playing the game on Xbox 360 are having the pristine gaming experience as was expected, but there have been a small group that are seeing repeating error messages and achievements that aren't awarding to them, and we've been working closely with the folks at Microsoft to find a way to solve those issues.  We don't have a resolution yet, but the Microsoft folks have been helpful and we've given them a lot of information recently so we'll see if this doesn't get fixed here shortly.

Starting soon, the folks at Gamefly's Direct2Drive service will also start selling Defense Grid: You Monster and the full bundle.  So that you know, this is still the Steam version of the game, but this allows you to get it from Gamefly if that's where you like to purchase your software.

In December we also did a UI revamp on Defense Grid with the folks at OnLive so that the game could support their new foray into playing the service on tablets.  It's true, you can play Defense Grid on an iPad now through the OnLive streaming service, and we created a new user interface that is touch-focused and automatically appears if you play the game on the touch surface.  The OnLive folks have been raving about the interface and have even stated in the press that they think this is the best way to play the game.  We're happy to be supporting them and will continue to keep an eye on the tablet market and see what other things we can do for these cool devices.

Congratulations also goes out to the 30 awesome folks who were randomly chosen from all the people that did a December (or earlier) like of Defense Grid's Facebook page or Logitech's gaming page and won either a Logitech F710 wireless gamepad, a Logitech G400 gaming mouse, or a Logitech G110 gaming keyboard.  We've reached out and contacted the winners on Facebook and some of the hardware is already in the mail and some of it is waiting for a response from the winners.  It turns out that the "Defense Grid" page can't contact people, so I had to create a new account from me that is reaching out to folks.  If you're a winner and you've been contacted, make sure to get back to us so we can send you your prize.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta is underway and we're learning a lot about the game, balance, online metrics, etc. from the beta and it's helping us make the game better each day.  I'll repeat what we've said before though about joining the beta and such (because we're still getting emails from you), that this is something you want to talk with Valve about rather than contacting us, and definitely post anything about CS:GO over on the Steam forums rather than here.  Everyone from Hidden Path and Valve are looking over at Steam for opinions and input and the Valve folks are the ones making the calls on the growth of the beta over time. So far, just a small set of maps and weapons have been released to the beta, but more will come over time.  It has been exciting to see more and more public matches of CS:GO, the latest one being the Plantronics matches shown over at CES. 

Next up, we have a small bonus coming to Defense Grid players on Steam, and we'll be talking more about that soon.  Until then, thanks so much for all the great things you've been saying to your friends and colleagues about the game, we greatly appreciate it.

 


Posted in Company News, CS:GO, Defense Grid | Keywords: CS:GO, Defense Grid, Hidden Path, pc, Xbox

CS:GO Closed Beta Begins

11/30/2011 by Jeff Pobst

CS:GO Closed Beta Begins

Today, at 3pm Pacific time, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive closed beta launched and thousands of folks are using their beta keys they received at PAX prime, Eurogramer Expo, or a few of the other events where the game was shown in exhibition on the Xbox 360 or PS3.

Also going live is http://www.counter-strike.net/ which is the official site for the game, and there you will find all sorts of answers to frequently asked questions that we've been hearing whether here at Hidden Path or at Valve.

A snippet: 

"Today, CSGO starts its first stress test of our servers and a variety of client hardware.

This stress test contains a limited set of weapons, items, game modes, and functionality.

If you have a beta key, fire up the game. Join a match on a server. Give us feedback in the Steam forums.

Don’t have a key? How do you get one? Hold tight. The stress test is currently closed as we test our server and client systems."

The #1 question asked is stated many ways, but boils down to this. 

"Q) How can I get into the beta?"

The answer: 

"A) The beta is currently closed. The current stress test is to test for crashes with various hardware configurations and how the servers handle the stress. The best way to get into the beta is to be active in the current Counter-Strike communities."
 
So, if you're in the beta, take advantage of that key and log a lot of playing time right now.  If you're not in the beta, hold tight.  Valve will be letting new folks in over time, but it will be a gradual process. 

Posted in CS:GO | Keywords: CS:GO, pc

PAX Achievement Unlocked

09/01/2011 by Jeff Pobst

PAX Achievement Unlocked

We're back from PAX and what an amazing time it was.  Thousands of people got to play Counter-Strike: Global Operations at PAX last week and according to Joystiq "Though the line to play had its naysayers, I saw no one turning away from their demo without a smile on their face. It feels ... well, it feels like Counter-Strike."

And everyone wanted to try out the game.  According to Videogamer.com "On the first day of PAX 2011, a confident booth in the middle of the convention's show floor claims to boast the longest queues of the show, and it's for a downloadable game rather than a mammoth AAA title. Isn't that a bit daunting for the staff manning its 10 demo stations? Apparently not - they say it's exciting. I'm inclined to agree: excitement is the right response when the developer is Valve, and when the game in question is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive."

It was exciting.  We knew we were working on a very important franchise with Valve, and we all knew that we were having a lot of fun with the new version when we played, but what none of us knew, was how you'd respond, what you'd think, and whether or not you'd want to keep playing it.

I can now report back, that people visiting PAX were as excited as we are about the game, that even when folks weren't sure if the Xbox 360 version we had for them would be their main platform or not, that shouts of delight, suspense, and victory rained down from the rafters as T's and CT's squared off on the new Dust map, and virtual bombs were both planted, defused, and detonated.  It was a ton of fun to witness.

Everyone who came to PAX and played got a beta code, those going to Eurogamer will get them too.  Don't fall for any of the scams that are starting to pop up out there claiming to have beta keys for you to download, purchase or earn.  The only way into the beta right now is to play the game at one of these shows. 

There's more to come and we look forward to bringing you more about CS:GO and working closely with Valve to make sure that the very best possible Counter-Strike works its way to you in 2012.

 

Jeff


Posted in Company News, CS:GO | Keywords: CS:GO, Hidden Path, pc, Xbox

CS:GO Intro Trailer

08/25/2011 by Jeff Pobst

CS:GO Intro Trailer

It has begun.  Information, interviews, and the first official trailer of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have hit the internet this evening as PAX opens tomorrow, for the public to play and see what several in the press have been experiencing over the last day or two.

Check out Kotaku's preview, IGN's first look  with 3 videos of gameplay, and the reveal of the first official trailer for CS:GO

Stay connected on Twitter and follow @csgo_dev and @hiddenpathent for all the latest updates.

The doors open tomorrow at PAX at 10am, and close at 6pm.  The hours are the same Saturday and Sunday.  We have 10 Xbox 360s ready for a 5 vs. 5 match on Dust, all set up and ready for you to play, so come to the booth, experience an early build of the game for yourself, and leave with a code in your hand that will get you in the PC beta later this Fall.

We'll see you there.

 

Jeff


Posted in CS:GO | Keywords: CS:GO, Hidden Path, pc, Xbox

CS:GO

08/18/2011 by Jeff Pobst

CS:GO

As you now know, Valve announced Counterstrike: Global Offensive, or CS:GO as it is also known.  Our team here has been working closely with Valve for quite a while on this project and we're very excited for everyone to know about it.

Last week Valve brought in professional CSS competitive players to play the PC version and give our team feedback, and next week, the Xbox 360 version will be playable at PAX for anyone who comes to Valve's booth too.  When you come to PAX or the show in London, after you play a round, you will get a code for the upcoming PC beta too.

We'll be there at PAX, watching, taking notes, and making sure that we prepare and iterate to make the best possible Counter-Strike game for you, no matter what your preferred platform is.

Also, if you didn't already know, there is an official Twitter account for the game that will have the very latest and greatest info coming out about it.  Follow @csgo_dev (http://twitter.com/csgo_dev) and you'll be plugged in!

 

Jeff


Posted in CS:GO | Keywords: CS:GO, Hidden Path, pc, Xbox