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New version of Counter-Strike hits Asia

A "new online version" tailored for Asia is in the works

Valve has inked a deal with Korean-based Nexon for a new online version of the tactical shooter that will be tailored specifically for the Asian gamer.

Under the terms of the agreement, Korean-based publisher and developer Nexon will develop and publisher Counter-Strike Online in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

"It is our utmost pleasure to be able to develop Counter-Strike Online with Valve," said David K. Lee, CEO of Nexon. "We'll be devoting our expertise in online game development and service know-how for Asian territories to Counter-Strike Online. Already a global phenomenon, we are confident we can grow the success of Counter-Strike with this new product by tailoring the gameplay for the millions of gamers in Asia, one of the gaming industries fastest growing territories."

Valve's Gabe Newell added, "With its hit titles such as MapleStory and KartRider, Nexon has become a dominant force in Asia. By combining its proven development abilities and leadership position in Asia with Counter-Strike's award-winning core gameplay, we have the recipe for customising an online phenomenon for each of the Asian markets."

There's no word on why this version will be different to the rest but we're on it. A release is still to be unveiled.