Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Battle Royale comes to Counter Strike: Global Offensive, now free-to-play

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Sandy Mccarthy | 08 December, 2018, 06:59

Yes, you read that right! The new mode, Danger Zone, is a "fast-paced" fight to the death for up to 18 players.

Announced through counter-strike.net, the mode is called Danger Zone, and is played by 16 players at a time (this can go up to 18 if players queue as a squad of two or three). Firstly, the full game has now become free-to-play with all users getting access to all game modes. In short, Prime Status grants some exclusive items, drops, and weapon cases, and Prime players are matched with one another.

Following in the footsteps of its other multiplayer shooter megahit Team Fortress 2, Valve is now offering Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a Free-to-Play game on Steam.

With the addition of the battle royale mode, CS:GO has dropped its $14.99 price tag and will be going free-to-play. Players must run around to collect cash, tools, and weapons just as in other battle royale games.

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Drones will drop off guns you buy mid-game, which could offer an interesting tactical choice or two when those same drones could reveal your position to your opponents. Find what you can, order what you need, prepare for the unexpected. That subset of players who'll be able to enter Prime matchmaking without a phone number attached remains a bit of a concern, as it means there's a somewhat greater chance of running into smurfs and hackers in advanced matches. New players can also choose to upgrade to Prime Status for $15.

Instead of simply looking for weapons spread throughout the map, players will earn money from completely different tasks and contracts each round that will allow the opportunity to purchase weapons and equipment prior to the start of each round. It wouldn't have been surprising if the company had simply made the shift and introduced Danger Zone without compensating existing players.

Each Danger Zone match includes pistols, rifles, SMGs and heavy weapons featured in the CS:GO's classic arsenal.

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