One of Valve’s best-supported and most popular games has gone free-to-play, which comes as something of a surprise considering that the game still ranks high for Steam’s most played games. You can now download CS:GO for absolutely nothing.
CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) is now free to download for anyone with those who already bought the game getting upgraded to Prime status, which gives access to a free weapon skin, Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats, and it has to be earned from playing the game’s new battle royale mode, Danger Zone, alongside other freebies. Oh yeah, CS has a battle royale too now.
Danger Zone is a much lower key BR than you may be used to with the matches only consisting of 18 players for squads and 16 for solos, which is probably down to CS not being built for an experience on that scale as a game initially released in 2012. The map is called Blacksite and, you guessed it, you enter it from the skies.
Small nuances to Danger Zone include the health cap being raised to 120 and special tools that will allow you to see where the next “zone” will be among other things. According to Valve, it’s 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.”
It’s some peculiar timing on the eve of The Game Awards, that’s for sure. What’s interesting is that CS:GO was already available for free, but only for offline play.
Are you going to be trying it out?
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