Ahead of The Game Awards 2018, Valve announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or CS:GO as it’s known, will be getting its own battle royale mode… and go free-to-play.

Valve’s CS:GO has a pretty dedicated and hardcore fan base, so much so that up until recently it was one of Steam’s most concurrent played games, that was until PUBG and the battle royale craze came along. So it makes sense that Valve would launch their own battle royale mode.

The new mode, Danger Zone, is basically your typical battle royale affair which Valve says 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.” In total, 18 players will be dropped into the map, called Blacksite and will be required to find weapons and other items to become the last man standing.

While adding battle royale into a popular game isn’t much of a surprise given the trend, what did come as a surprise though was Valve’s decision to make CS:GO free-to-play. That’s right, Counter-Strike is now free-to-play, and the game’s core fanbase is not happy. As a result, since the game switched to free-to-play fans have been review bombing the game.

 

Currently, the game’s Steam Page is warning players of a sudden influx of negative reviews, a safeguard Steam put into place as of late due to an epidemic of review bombing, and the general consensus in these reviews is that the shift to free-to-play was a bad idea.

Will you be trying out CS:GO now that it’s free-to-play or are you siding with the game’s hardcore fan base? Let us know in the comments below.

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