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

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

Valve is entering the battle royale arena as the developer's classic tactical shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be introducing 'Danger Zone, ' the game's take on the popular free-for-all, last-man-standing game mode. Yes, you read that right! You'll have access to the same guns and armaments as the main CS:GO gameplay modes, but you'll have to try and find them and cash while you play in order to unlock them, rather than buying them each round.

For more information about Danger Zone, CS:GO's new battle royale mode, check out Valve's official blog post. In short, Prime Status grants some exclusive items, drops, and weapon cases, and Prime players are matched with one another. However, keep in mind that there is a tier called "Prime Status".

Do weapons behave the same as they do in other Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game modes? Yes. Players will also get an automatic upgrade to Prime Status for free.

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Blacksite, Danger Zone's single map is relatively small in comparison to PUBG, Fortnite and Blackout, but it is still jarring for the average Counter-Strike player in size. The total number of players in a match is 16 for solo games, and 18 for team games. Track opponents' positions, track your deliveries and chart a path to avoid the Danger Zone. "Play solo, or work together as a squad of two or three!" Valve says a typical round of Danger Zone will only last "about 10 minutes". Missions in each match will give you cash bonuses that you can use to purchase drone deliveries of special weapons. Head on over to the Steam Store and grab CS:GO for free.

For new players, the option to play until reaching Prime Status or pay their way there is available. The tablet can be upgraded to gain more detailed intel on the ever-changing Danger Zone. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly.

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