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Valve have released Danger Zone, a Battle Royale mode for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive along with it going free to play.

All existing players have been upgraded to "Prime Status", which is a special status for verified players and only matches you against other Prime players. To become Prime after this update, you need to either purchase Prime from the Steam page or "reach Rank 21 by earning XP and add an eligible phone number to your Steam account" according to Valve.

Considering how I’m quite a big fan (understatement) of Battle Royale type game modes, I’m really pleased Valve has done this. I think it’s important for Linux gamers especially, since BR isn’t something we have much choice on. There’s no Fortnite, no PUBG and any other game with such a mode is very niche. A platform missing one of the most popular things in gaming, isn’t a very attractive platform. So even if it’s not your cup, understanding that I think is important. So again, I’m extremely happy about this.

Danger Zone can be played solo, or in squads of two or three players. On top of that, it's mixing things up a little. As expected from Valve, they're tweaking it with their own special flavour.

The main hook, as with all Battle Royale games is that you only get that one precious life. You also don't start with anything, so you need to be extra careful. You need to hunt for equipment and avoid players until you're ready—or catch someone with their pants down whose hunting for equipment themselves. Over time the map area gets smaller and so you're forced together. The effect Valve has gone for this is different too, with missiles firing from some off-shore rig onto the map. From that, something spreads across sucking all colour and life away from the map and it does look cool.

Each player has their own personal tablet, which tracks player positions in an area and it also allows you to buy weapons and equipment which fly down to you from a drone:

The drone system is quite a highlight, not just for yourself either. You can shoot them down, starving your enemy of their goods or follow them to ambush an enemy. Additionally, you don't actually have to use the dropped items yourself. Is an ally running low? Order something for them. You can also upgrade your tablet a few times, with niceties like seeing where the safe area will be when the map shrinks again, seeing drone paths and so on.

You can also rescue hostages, by carrying them to a safe area which will give you an additional cash reward to buy even more equipment. Naturally though, this will make you a lot slower and more vulnerable to other players:

On top of all that, for those of you who like collecting in-game items, Valve will be giving away a "Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats" to anyone with Prime status while earning 250XP in the Danger Zone game mode. That offer will run until January 9th, 2019 which is probably enough to give the game a little player boost. People do love their skins.

This is what I have been waiting for. An interesting Battle Royale game available on Linux with good support and since it's Valve it will no doubt work well on Linux. Not only that, it's likely going to actually be an active game, especially since it's free. I'm sure plenty of the existing CS:GO community won't be happy, but you never can please everyone. It's not like anyone's forced into it, the mode is separate to the rest of the game.

After playing a good few rounds—I like it. It's quite different to what's already out there, although CS:GO is showing its age a little. Even so, the mechanics seem to work quite well for it. I'm excited to see where they go with this, as they said they will continue to update it based on feedback.

See more on Steam and the official site for details. For info on the free to play status, see here.

I will have more on this in the coming week, frankly I'm too excited to keep typing.

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liamdawe 7 December 2018 at 9:22 am UTC
Make sure you log bugs on their official tracker: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/csgo-osx-linux/
MayeulC 7 December 2018 at 11:23 am UTC
That pic on their website sure does make me think of Gordon Freeman:
Spoiler, click me
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Nice thing, I'll make sure to try this out and discover what's all the fuss about Battle Royale games for
... When I have time to spare :/
sigz 7 December 2018 at 11:46 am UTC
So I fixed the black screen (on archlinux) but I am not sure how. At first I saw the game complaining about missing "ifconfig" command (because there is no ifconfig on archlinux). So I created a dumb executable ifconfig script. But at the same time I remember I unplugged my gamepad. After that, game started correctly. After checking, crash seems to be caused by gamepad.
dvd 7 December 2018 at 1:06 pm UTC
I just played my first round (and won to my surprise). I didn't know what to expect of it, but after a round i think they've done a good job. They managed to make it so that the round was not too long, the map didn't feel overly big, yet i got lost at least 3 times on it. The drone system is clever too, the one guy camping the watertower with a sniper didn't get an enormous advantage.

It's a really fun mode, and thankfully not too long. However, i couldn't help feeling like this was something that could be much more awesome as the multiplayer part of HL3.
Exidan 7 December 2018 at 1:15 pm UTC
finally some battle royale that is not half-assed and and even on linux? yes please.
ageres 7 December 2018 at 1:16 pm UTC
It crashes for me too.
liamdawe 7 December 2018 at 2:32 pm UTC
ageresIt crashes for me too.
Unplug and turn off any gamepads, then try again? Seems to be a theme with that breaking it for some.
chris.echoz 7 December 2018 at 2:45 pm UTC
liamdawe
ageresIt crashes for me too.
Unplug and turn off any gamepads, then try again? Seems to be a theme with that breaking it for some.
Doesn't work for me, unfortunately, as I didn't have any gamepads connected in the first place. At least that's what lsusb tells me.
Rooster 7 December 2018 at 3:48 pm UTC
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NeptNutzMy biggest problem - matchmaking at XP Level 0.

Yeah, I'm also on dat 0 XP life.

By the way, when I run the game, there was a crash window (CS:GO has stopped responding). I didn't do anything, just waited a bit, then clicked on the game window again, and it is running fine.


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M@GOid 7 December 2018 at 6:12 pm UTC
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KohriasYou are really plaing an fps game with a gamepad on PC? Why would you handicap yourself that much?
No, I am not. I don't consider the steam controller a mousepad. More like two mouses with a small keyboard and a gyroscope for fine aiming. Which gives more control than mouse and keyboard and it's also faster. All of this well disguised under a gamepad-like shape.
You mean you haven't seem the youtube videos demonstrating this aspect of the steam controller?
Ah, it's great for strategy games too.

When I got the Steam Link with the Steam Controller I tried it for about, 5 to 15 minutes with CS:GO way back when. It was a terrible and uncomfortable experience. Even worse then the standard controller for the X and the PS4.

I am sure I probably needed to give it more time to learn the controller but thought it wasn't worth the hassle. Strategy games need a mouse and keyboard for me personally and shooters can work with a normal controller, but mouse and keyboard is still my preferred method.

Guess I do should look at the people using the Steam Controller like a pro. Can be interesting to see.

You succumbed to what I call "the first 5 minutes of desperation" of the Steam Controller. I suffered of it too. Got that horrible buyer regret. But I powered trough it, slowly got my muscular memory together and know I can play it fine.

But for me, is just 80% of the capabilities of a mouse/keyboard. You can use it just fine in any non-competitive game. Third person games like Tomb Rider feel great, because it blends the controls of a gamepad (that the game was made for) with a mouse-like precision. When I play L4D2 with my friends, I only go back to a mouse when the shit really hits the fan and we need to really take it serious to pass some difficult part. I play in the same level as anyone in a M/K on the SC.

Is not a perfect controller. I keep a DS4 for the "Twin Stick Shooter"genre, where I find the SC lacking, at last for me.

But the most important thing to remember is: we are in the PC. We can use whatever device we want. You can choose the best controller to the game you are playing. I have the 5 gamepads and the SC is the one I use the most.
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