Even in a world of Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3, and Killzone, some players remain attached to Half-Life mod Counter Strike. Valve, on the other hand, has moved on.
The last version of Counter Strike source came about five years ago, and there has yet to be another peep about a new version. Half-Life released back in 1998, so the dated engine for Counter Strike undoubtedly needs an upgrade, or even a sequel. However, given the obviously dedicated fanbase, many do not seem to have a problem sticking around. Why fix what isn’t broke?
The group who has organized the petition also have a point, stating renewed interest in the title would make the game relevant again, drawing players back and hopefully showing Valve that a sequel would be a wise business decision.
Undoubtedly, many of the players who took part in Counter Strike moved on to newer pastures, the dated technology that powered it a turn-off to many. On the other hand, those who still play prove the game has legs, that visual prowess is not all there is to a FPS. That, and people fear change, and if they’re happy where they are, maybe Valve is too terrified of the backlash if they make any mistakes.
Regardless, good luck to the petitioners, and kudos to the Counter Strike community for keeping it alive for over a decade.