CS:GO May Battle Pubg with a New Survival-Oriented Mode

Counter-Strike was, and still is, the most popular multiplayer-oriented first-person shooter game ever since it debuted as a Half-Life mode back in 1999. Yup, the game, in all its variations, is with us for almost 20 years and it still is the most popular esports shooter. But, it isn’t the most popular shooter on Steam. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the most played (thus most popular) game on Steam for a while now, surpassing two Valve’s titles, Dota 2 and CS: GO.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has about five times more players during peak times than CS: GO has (also during peak times). This means that the world’s craze for battle royale multiplayer games is still alive and kicking. If Steam player numbers isn’t a good enough proof, just check Twitch and you’ll see that PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale are always on the first couple of places surpassing games like LoL, Dota 2, CS: GO, Hearthstone, and Overwatch. H1Z1 also is pretty popular, and even Rockstar made a battle royale mode for GTA 5 multiplayer.

And let’s not talk about numerous PUBG clones regularly debuting on Steam (with mostly pretty weak success, but still). All this madness about battle royale games may lead Valve to think about offering a similar experience as a playing mode in the company’s best-selling title.

One YouTube channel called the Valve News Network published a video in which they show results of a massive data mining of CS: GO updates that arrived during the last year-and-a-half. And the results are pretty interesting.

They have found many interesting things, like code references to some weapons and items not available in CS:GO such as compound bows, fist fighting, parachutes, sonar, night vision goggles, various armor (ok armor is available in CS: GO, but not light and heavy variations, which appeared in scanned code), and more. The mining effort also found evidence regarding a survival mode and an island map that never saw the light of day.

All this could mean Valve has been busy developing a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive mode that could give players a taste of a battle royale, Valve style. Maybe the company prepares a limited availability mode that should be a sort of a test before they start working on a standalone (probably free-to-play) battle royale title? Or maybe CS: GO will get a permanent multiplayer survival mode? What do you think? Let us know on twitter @beepweedotcom.

A psychologist turned freelance writer and reviewer, Goran is a hardcore gamer with more than twenty years of experience, and interested in all kinds of technology. He also likes Sci Fi novels and basketball.