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CS:GO introduces 'Danger Zone' battle royale mode, goes free-to-play

08 December, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Now that it’s free-to-play, CS:GO’s player count is rocketing

Following that same school of thought, Valve has just made its long-running esports title, Counter Strike: Global Offensive entirely free to play in order to boost the popularity and support for the game's new Battle Royale mode.

Players who already own the game automatically will be given prime status. In an adjustment acknowledging the situation, Valve's latest rework of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds both elements to the game that originally launched in 2012 and a series that has been running since CS launched as a Half-Life mod 19 years ago.

If you previously bought CS:GO, your account status will be upgraded to Prime.

Most battle royale games follow a familiar pattern: Up to 100 players are dropped into an expansive map and forced to scavenge for weapons they can use to (hopefully) wind up the only survivor. But only time will tell if CS:GO's BR mode will get a taste of success.

The mode itself is called Danger Zone, and comes with Solo, Duo and Trio modes.


If players queue as a solo player, they'll enter a 16 player match.

Each Danger Zone match includes pistols, rifles, SMGs and heavy weapons featured in the CS:GO's classic arsenal. You can, for instance, carry a hostage to the rescue zone to earn extra money.

As if that wasn't different enough from the formula established by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, Valve also included an in-game tablet that allows players to "track opponents' positions, track your deliveries, and chart a path to avoid the Danger Zone".

For new players, the option to play until reaching Prime Status or pay their way there is available. Given this smaller player count, Danger Zone matches are also much shorter than those in other battle royale games, typically lasting around 10 minutes by Valve's estimate.

From the round I've played so far, it's weird to see a bunch of old weapons and new ideas thrown together into the same pot. It's earned by looting the environment and wracking up kills.

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