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

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive got a major upgrade today. Valve released a new battle royale mode known as Danger Zone for the game and dropped CS:GO’s price to zero. Previously, the game carried a $14.99 price tag.

Players who purchased the game prior to CS:GO going free-to-play will receive a “commemorative Loyalty Badge” and have their accounts upgraded to Prime status. That means those players will be matched with other Prime status players, and they’ll also receive access to a souvenir MP5-SD, the submachine gun that Valve added to CS:GO this summer, as well as other Prime-exclusive drops.

Free-to-play CS:GO players can also upgrade their accounts to Prime for the game’s original price: $14.99.

CS:GO players can earn that special SMG by playing games of Danger Zone, the game’s new battle royale mode. According to the game’s official site, Danger Zone is “a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish.”

Danger Zone will drop 18 players onto a map known as Blacksite, where they’ll search for guns, equipment and money, while also watching for package deliveries dropped in by drone. Danger Zone isn’t just about killing, however. Players can take on lucrative contracts to take down targets, rescue hostages for extra cash and blow up safes to earn money. Players also have access to an in-game tablet that will alert them to drone deliveries and enemy positions. Naturally, players will also have to contend with a shrinking area of safety, pushing them into tighter and tighter quarters.

Counter-Strike Danger Zone is playable solo, or as duos or trios.

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