Valve has delayed the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive closed beta, which will now miss its previously planned October launch window.
Chet Faliszek said in a video interview that the beta had been pushed back "a bit" following feedback from professional players.
"They gave us a lot of feedback on things we should get in the game before we release it, otherwise we're going to be getting a lot of bug reports or a lot of feedback and it would just be redundant," the Valve man said.
"So saying October's getting scary now because... we are testing those changes but we can't just put in everything at once... We're pushing as hard as we can on that."
Faliszek went on to say the beta will initially accommodate 10,000 players before growing in size in stages.
"And when does it end?" he said. "When the community tells us it ends and it's ready.
"We have no mandate from anybody of when we have to ship this. So we're more than happy to just keep working on this until it's ready to ship.
"By the end of it, everyone will be playing the game. It will be the released game that you're playing and then at some point we'll say, 'OK we're going to officially release it.'"
Check out an hour of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gameplay footage here.