Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve’s ageing but unceasingly popular online first-person shooter, is now free-to-play. But not only that! It’s also just introduced a new Battle Royale mode called Danger Zone.
Valve’s new free-to-play release, however, is the real deal, and provides free access to the entire Counter-Strike: Global Offensive experience, multiplayer and all.
All players who played CS:GO before today’s update will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge they can display on their profile. You were there from the beginning, so show it off! Additionally, all existing CS:GO players have had their accounts upgraded to Prime Status.
As before, Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. Additionally, your Prime Status will give you access to the new Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats (available by earning XP while playing Danger Zone matches) and the all new Danger Zone Case.
- Each player carries an upgradeable special tablet device (on Tab) for tracking other players and accessing a limited buy menu
- You start with just a knife—aerial delivery drones ferry purchased weapons and equipment directly to your position
- Each player publicly claims a landing zone before rappelling into the match
- Cash can be found in the environment and you can also bring hostages to rescue zones
- There’s currently one map, called Blacksite – it’s small by Battle Royale standards, but big for Counter-Strike
- The map is divided into hexagonal zones, which are randomly, occasionally bombarded by an airstrike
- Ammo is scarce: even purchased weapons are handed to you with almost no ammo in them
- Danger Zone arrives, of course, with 17 new seasonal weapon skins.
Valve has a lot of faith in the anti-cheat and all the free players with new accounts due to being banned before could make the game a mess for a while. Valve is using AI to detect cheaters.