'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' Goes Free to Play, Adds Battle Royale Mode

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

Not only did Valve, the parent company behind CS:GO, confirm the creation of battle royale game "Danger Zone", but the company announced that CS:GO - the entire game and all modes - is now free. That's otherwise available as a $15 upgrade, and according to its listing: "Players with Prime Status are matched with other Prime Status players and are eligible to receive Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases".

- Introducing Danger Zone, a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO's tactical gameplay. You can play solo in 16-player matches, or in duos and trios in 18-player engagements.

- Players searching count now shows correct number of people searching for Danger Zone matches. The XP is earned by playing Danger Zone.

- CS:GO is now free to play. Wads of cash can be found scattered in the environment and you can also bring hostages to rescue zones for extra dosh like in classic Counter-Strike. After purchasing a weapon or other equipment, it will be ferried to your position by aerial delivery drones. New mode Danger Zone's page makes it sound speedy compared to other battle royales too. All existing owners of the game will be converted to Prime members for free. When things get sticky, you can opt to use your Midi-Shot to recover and jump back into the fight. Expect weapons to have the same properties as they do in the core game, with looting being a big focus of "Danger Zone".

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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.

Players will be able to buy upgrades to track their opponents, get predictive technology of where the encroaching zone will go next, or to order drop zone shipments.

While Danger Zone's map looks large by Counter-Strike standards, it's a closer, meaner place than other battle royales.

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