Last week Value, made two big announcements for their popular first person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or CS: GO. The first was the announcement that CS:GO would now be free to play. Allowing anyone to download and play CS:GO for free, having access to all game modes and matchmaking.
Players who already paid for and own CS:GO will be upgraded to “prime status” which entitles players to prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops and weapon cases. They will also receive a Loyalty Badge that can be displayed on their profile. Also included with prime status is the ability to be matched with (and against) other prime status players. This “prime status” can be purchased for $14.99 and is also awarded to players reaching a rank of 21.
The second announcement was the release of the new Battle Royale game mode, “Danger Zone”. This introduction of a battle royale mode as well the free to play announcement is most likely in response to the huge success of Fortnite and other battle royale games. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 has introduced Backout and Battlefield V is expected to debut with its own called Firestorm.
In CS:GO’s battle royale, players will drop into a map titled “Blacksite” and fight against the other players to be the last man standing. Valve has detailed Players will drop into Blacksite and battle with up to 18 other players. The game uses the same in game mechanics found in previous CS: GO. Players will be equipped with a table which will allow them to order weapons, view an area map and more. Valve has stated that matches should be around 10 minutes in length.
In CS:GO Danger Zone players will earn cash by completing little side quests, opening safes and rescuing hostages. The money can then be used to purchase gear during the match.
More information on CS:GO can be found on the AllGamesAtoZ CS:GO game page.