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Okay Valve, you have my attention, you've been busy I see. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Danger Zone, the Battle Royale style game mode just got a huge Sirocco update with more to come.

Firstly, it seems Valve continues to take some inspiration from other games. Danger Zone itself was obviously already created due to the immense popularity of BR games but now they seem to be taking it a step further. Like Apex Legends, Fortnite and others, Danger Zone now has a helpful pinging system which is good when you and your teammate don't speak the same language or when you need to just quickly tell them about a helpful item.

Blacksite, the original map, is currently offline so everyone is forced into Sirocco. The brand new map with wide open spaces, Kasbahs, towns and underground passages. Also introduced with this update is a brand new perk system, so before you deploy into the game you get to pick a little something special to take with you.

More shots of the new map, click to enlarge:

Additionally, Valve also mentioned that new items (seen above in the perks system) are coming to Danger Zone in a future update. The curious thing here is how Valve seem to be communicating a little more on what they're doing, something I complained about previously so that's made me a little happier. These "coming soon" items include the Ballistic Shield, the ability to pilot your own drone and new bonus money events.

There's also a brand new respawn system, which now finally makes their practically-forced Duo mode actually make a bit of sense. As long as your squad is alive, when you die you can select to respawn anywhere on the map.

Other changes include weapons you find now start with much more ammo, your tablet that acts as both a map/radar and shop will show you the location of the nearest large weapon crate. That's quite a big difference and it certainly is helpful! They've also introduced ExoJump Boots, to allow you to access hard to reach areas giving more mobility and Bump Mines to launch you or enemies into the air which is a little hilarious. Another small but interesting change, is that your teammate is now Blue to better help you distinguish them from enemy combatants.

One thing I didn't see mentioned, is that when you take out an entire squad it actually tells you now too with a "Squad Wipe". It's a really minor change to the UI but it's quite fun to actually know this.

After giving it a few rounds, I can honestly say it's a big improvement to Danger Zone. It does now feel like it's starting to get more of an identity and that's a really good thing. On a whole, it feels more interesting and more fun to actually play. Especially those ExoJump Boots, damn I love them.

The next big thing I hope Valve do for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as a whole is to get rid of the Loot Box system. There's so many nicer ways to sell cosmetic items if they seriously wish to keep it, giving you the ability to just buy exactly what you want would be a huge improvement.

Looks like I know what my evening will be spent playing…

You can see a few patch notes here and a dedicated update page for Sirocco here. As always, you can find CS:GO free on Steam.

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Dribbleondo 1 May 2019 at 9:53 am UTC
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dpanter 1 May 2019 at 10:21 am UTC
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Another island map to keep masking how much the engine sucks? Clever girl.
jasonm 1 May 2019 at 1:11 pm UTC
This game is amazing and so is Valve. I'm so thankful for this update. This is really the only game I play any more. It's amazing and I can't wait to check the new stuff out tonight.

dpanterAnother island map to keep masking how much the engine sucks? Clever girl.

It's very hard to move a highly competitive game like this into a new engine. Any change could be disastrous. They have made many tweaks and updates to the engine but a complete overhaul is unlikely for the CS Go family of games simply because gameplay needs to remain consistent.


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jasonm 2 May 2019 at 12:50 am UTC
dpanterAnother island map to keep masking how much the engine sucks? Clever girl.

Now that I've played it for a handful of rounds, I'm impressed. The map is HUGE in comparison. They accomplished some of this because of the clever use of the height of the map, but it's a lot larger map even without that so it makes it seem absolutely huge. The gameplay is also different because of the very open map, tall grass you can hide in, way more weapons and ammo spread around the map, the ping system, everything, I'm simply blown away. It's great fun and I recommend anyone that liked Danger Zone at all to give this new mode a shot.
jasonm 2 May 2019 at 5:24 pm UTC
In regards to the loot boxes, I doubt that would ever happen. You can actually just go buy what you want if you want to in the market place. That's what I did. I'm pretty cheap when it comes to digital "extras" so I didn't spend much. I bought skins for most of the weapons aside from the ones that are just insanely priced like the knife, AWP, etc. I spent about $5.00 and bought skins for almost everything.
Liam Dawe 2 May 2019 at 6:03 pm UTC
jasonmIn regards to the loot boxes, I doubt that would ever happen. You can actually just go buy what you want if you want to in the market place. That's what I did. I'm pretty cheap when it comes to digital "extras" so I didn't spend much. I bought skins for most of the weapons aside from the ones that are just insanely priced like the knife, AWP, etc. I spent about $5.00 and bought skins for almost everything.
You know, I often forget there's those Steam marketplaces. The thing is, more and more people and countries governments are turning on loot boxes so Valve will have to do something eventually. They already disabled them for the Netherlands and Belgium.
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