De mod die wel eeuwig in de beta-status lijkt te blijven, namelijk Counterstrike, komt binnenkort in z'n 5de fase. Hier een stukkie:Hello, The Counter-Strike team (http://www.counter-strike.net) and Barking Dog Studios (http://www.barking-dog.com), in collaboration with Valve, have been working on an update to Counter-Strike and plan to release it in the next few days. This new version, Counter-Strike Beta 5, includes 2 new maps and a fully automatic shotgun, as well as significant improvements in the areas of ease of use, active visual feedback and accessibility. The CS team and Barking Dog have been working together to refine the HUD, improve the menus and help system, and implement new observer modes and features. Valve helped finance and produce the project as a way to say thank you to the Half-Life community and further the effort to showcase the great work of all HL mod developers. We've been thrilled with the success of Counter-Strike - the number of players continues to grow steadily as more and more people find out how fun the game is. New features list:

- 1 new weapon: the fully automatic shotgun

- 2 new maps: Back Alley and TrainYard, plus updates to existing maps

- 3 new observer modes: classic ghost, locked chasecam and freelook chasecam

- Auto-find teammate in observer mode

- Ghosts can be made visible to other ghosts

- Improved help system for new players