Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

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

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

Yes, you read that right!

Instead of a 100-man battle royale like in Fortnite: Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Danger Zone will only accommodate up to 18 players in a match.

For more information about Danger Zone, CS:GO's new battle royale mode, check out Valve's official blog post. Given this smaller player count, Danger Zone matches are also much shorter than those in other battle royale games, typically lasting around 10 minutes by Valve's estimate. In short, Prime Status grants some exclusive items, drops, and weapon cases, and Prime players are matched with one another.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is ready for the next era of shooters.

If you previously bought CS:GO, your account status will be upgraded to Prime.


Global Offensive is now completely free to play on Steam. This change will bring a flood of new players to the games casual, competitive, and now battle royale scene.

Up to 18 players are included in a Danger Zone match. Calling in a delivery not only gives enemies a flying little drone to follow to your location, but puts a rough (or specific, with upgrades) location marker on their map, giving them a chance to circle around and ambush you as you pick up gear.

In addition to eliminating other players and making your way to the top, you can also choose to take on other missions and rescue hostages to earn cash bonus, etc. Are you interested in the new Danger Zone battle royale?

Meanwhile, in all modes of CS:GO, players will now be separated into two matchmaking groups: Prime and non-prime. CS:GO does have its exclusively first-person perspective going for it, at least. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly.

Long-term players will be happy to learn that skins carry over from the base game to Danger Zone, and there are seventeen new seasonal skins up for grabs.

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