One mode in the free-to-play Counter-Strike Online 2 sees players turn into a deadly cartoon pig. Another gives terrorists cloaking devices, and of course the game does zombies too. The original CS Online has an event starring giant bug men. In Japanese arcades, Counter-Strike Neo had sexy cyberbabes. The straight-faced man-shooter lives a fabulous double-life thanks to Valve licensing it to Asian developers, who rebuild in weird ways we don’t usually see. But!
Later these year we’ll all get to coo and prod at one of these oddities when Nexon bring Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies to western players through Steam, free-to-play.
Though Nexon are vague, I assume it’s a version of CS Online 2. As well as those naughty walking corpses, the F2P FPS will include plain old rescue and defusal modes. The official word is:
“Fast-paced, frenetic action awaits, as a wide variety of new weapons are added to the fray, with diverse game modes available, featuring countless undead. The zombies in the game are quick, aggressive, and dangerous, which makes for a completely new experience.”
The idea of adding zombies to Counter-Strike was, of course, how Left 4 Dead started. South Korean devs often build free-to-play games for monetisation in deeply unpleasant ways (more than F2P games usually are, that is) but it might still give a few giggles even if just out of novelty. CS Nexon: Zombies is due to to arrive either this month or in September. Probably the latter, I’d guess.