Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

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

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

Valve is one of them, as it has not only added the mode into Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but also made the game free-to-play. Yes, you read that right!

The pivot to a battle royale mode comes amid the continued success of Epic Games' astoundingly popular Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG Corp's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Streaming statistics websites TwitchTracker and SullyGnome show about that same number of viewers for last night's peak for CS:GO, which made it the highest peak for the game since the IEM Chicago grand finals on November 11. You can still buy the game and get the Prime status if you so desire.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now free to play, and available here on Steam.

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Players who bought the game before it going free-to-play will get a "commemorative Loyalty Badge" and have their accounts upgraded to Prime status. That does create the issue of whether, if you know where other players are, you pursue them to up your kill count or avoid them like the black death because you know you'd be outmatched. It's hard to compete with new, free titles with a game that debuted in 2012 and still cost $15. Like other battle royale games, Danger Zone players will start off with limited equipment and scavenge the environment for better gear. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly. For those that want the "Prime" experience, CS:GO Prime Status will be available for $14.99. If queuing as a squad of two or three, the match will have up to 18 players.

Long-term players will be happy to learn that skins carry over from the base game to Danger Zone, and there are seventeen new seasonal skins up for grabs. The tablet can be upgraded to gain more detailed intel on the ever-changing Danger Zone. You'll also be able to earn money by completing special mini-missions like contracts and hostage rescues.

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