CS:GO Gets Free-to-Play Battle Royale Mode Called ‘Danger Zone’

Part of the new UI for the CS:GO Battle Royale

Additionally, Valve announced a new battle royale game mode known as Danger Zone. You can still buy the game and get the Prime status if you so desire.

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. When you have Prime Status, you are matched with other players who also have Prime Status, and these users are eligible for exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases. Though resources are scarce, they're the key to victory, if you can find what you need on the ground. Every match in this new mode features pistols, rifles, SMGs, and heavy weapons from CS:GO's original arsenal. It's playable in Solos, Duos, and Trios, with the developers noting that they're "just getting started". New mode Danger Zone's page makes it sound speedy compared to other battle royales too. The pace seems to be much faster than a typical battle royale, and Valve says matches typically last about 10 minutes. 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. Carry a hostage to the rescue zone to earn a cash bonus. If queuing as a squad of two or three, the match will have up to 18 players. Players can achieve prime status by reaching Rank 21 or paying $14.99.

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Prime Status is an upgrade available to all CS:GO players. According to Valve, players in the Danger Zone can have up to 120 HP to survive even deadlier encounters.

Unlike Fortnite and PUBG though, Danger zone will be limited to just 18 players. Streaming statistics websites TwitchTracker and SullyGnome show about that same number of viewers for last night's peak for CS:GO, which made it the highest peak for the game since the IEM Chicago grand finals on November 11.

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