Valve had two major announcements to make today. One was Danger Zone, a battle royale game mode “built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish”. Number two, CS:GO is now free to play. (Whaaat?)
The Danger Zone battle royale mode is not quite as massive as PUBG or Fortnite, and is limited to just 16 players in singles rounds, or 18 players in duos or trios. Danger Zone’s gameplay will be the same as CS:GO, with weapons behaving the same way as they always did, and doing the same damage as usual as well. Valve added that the matches will be short, lasting around 10 minutes each. This makes sense since the player limit isn’t too high, and the gameplay mechanics are similar, so we’re assuming, you will still get one-shot by an AK headshot.
There are a bunch changes that Danger Zone brings to traditional CS:GO systems, those include:
- Each player carries an upgrade-able 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
- Your weapon skins from the base game are carried into Danger Zone
The game will be exclusively first-person, understandably. Veteran players who haven’t really touched any of the BR games will immediately notice that the maps in Danger Zone are significantly larger than regular CS:GO maps.
In regards to those who already own CS:GO, players will be separated into two categories or matchmaking groups, prime and non-prime. With prime consisting of players who own the game. “When you have Prime Status you are matched with other players who also have Prime Status, and Prime users are eligible for Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases.”
CS:GO going free to play means we can expect a huge influx of players, and possibly, cheaters. Valve is probably confident that their anti-cheat will be able to handle it but time will tell.
What are your thoughts on the game going free to play?
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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