Counter-Strike Global Offensive announces battle royale mode, goes free-to-play

Now that it’s free-to-play, CS:GO’s player count is rocketing

Valve updated its esports wunderkind with a new battle royale mode, Danger Zone, and simultaneously made the game free-to-play. Yes, you read that right!

Danger Zone is described as a "fast-paced battle royale game" built on the original "CS:GO's" tactical gameplay.

This information comes alongside the announcement that the full game is going free-to-play. New players will receive access to all game modes, matchmaking, and a limited set of item drops and weapon cases.

I am already a CS:GO player with Prime Status.

A heck of a lot of people are about to load up Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Now, along with the free game, players can earn "prime status", which entitles them to "prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases", according to a statement. Such is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, I guess.

News about a potential battle royale mode arriving in Counter-Strike: GO surfaced earlier this year, though the company didn't confirm the speculation.

In addition, you'll have access to a tablet that can be used to track deliveries and opponents' positions. The tablet can be upgraded to gain more detailed intel on the ever-changing Danger Zone.

Delivery drones sometimes have a mind of their own, but always manage to find you outside when you need them most. The PC and Mac versions of CS:GO can be downloaded for free on Steam now. The Prime status upgrade - matching you with other Prime players and providing extra cosmetic rewards - costs £11.99/€13.25/$14.99. The crucial difference between Danger Zone and pre-established competitors on the market is its smaller 16-player count in singles and 18-player count in duos and triples, making games last just 10 minutes apiece.

Special missions will allow you to earn cash in-game. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly.

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