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

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Esports stalwart shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has gone free-to-play, accompanied by a new quickfire eighteen-player battle royale mode called Danger Zone. Yes, you read that right!

According to Valve, Danger Zone offers a fast-paced online experience - taking on the Battle Royale genre by storm. Using the traditional mechanics and tactical gameplay that CS:GO is known for, Danger Zone challenges players to take what they know and use it in the ultimate battle for survival. As of writing, the Steam store has a free version of CS:GO where people can try it out before purchasing the full game. "When you have Prime Status you are matched with other players who also have Prime Status, and Prime users are eligible for Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases". You can still buy the game and get the Prime status if you so desire.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is officially free to play. Fresh-faced CS:GO newcomers can earn Prime Status by either leveling up to Rank 21 in-game or paying the $14.99 upgrade fee.

Over the last few days, the CS:GO community has been buzzing with rumors centered around the possibility of a new battle royale mode for the classic title. Players can queue into the mode as solo players, or in squads of two or three players. For more information on Danger Zone, check out Valve's announcement.

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For new players, the option to play until reaching Prime Status or pay their way there is available. Instead, players will be able to play Solo, Duos or Trios on a single map, Blackout, in 16 player matches. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly.

Another area where Danger Zone differs from other battle royale games is its player count.

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