Valve just announced Danger Zone, "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". Yes, you read that right! Danger Zone features the same weapon behavior and damage as conventional CS:GO, Valve says.
Straying slightly from the battle royale formula, CS:GO's Danger Zone matches up to 18 players, with rounds reportedly lasting around 10 minutes each.
"CS:GO (now available for free) is the full game", the company said in a statement.
I am already a CS:GO player with Prime Status.
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. Fresh-faced CS:GO newcomers can earn Prime Status by either leveling up to Rank 21 in-game or paying the $14.99 upgrade fee.
The change to free-to-play is pretty straightforward. Rather than supporting 100 players, Danger Zone's cap is limited to either 16 players when jumping in solo or 18 when playing as a two- or three-person squad. While on the ground, you can complete special missions to earn more than your opponents. 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. SullyGnome also shows CS:GO had twice the Super Smash Bros. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly. Danger Zone is different. That subset of players who'll be able to enter Prime matchmaking without a phone number attached remains a bit of a concern, as it means there's a somewhat greater chance of running into smurfs and hackers in advanced matches. New players can play their way to Prime, or pay their way there for $15.