Everything these days seems to be getting a Battle Royale mode as game companies chase the current big thing. From the classic execution of it all to new and unique spins, it won’t be long before everything is a Battle Royale. This will have interesting effects on commutes leaving those of us playing at home the sole survivors in the world. So warm up your chicken dinner and let’s look at some of the options out there.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, most commonly known as PUBG and I refuse to ever refer to it as PlUnkBat. Plunkbats are something you might pick up in Fortnite to cave someone’s head in so let’s avoid that, shall we? There’s enough going on between them as it is.
PUBG is the granddaddy battle royale game of this article and is published by the PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of publisher Bluehole. You have seen it or played it. If you haven’t someone you know has. PUBG has been the driver between the sudden explosion of interest in the Battle Royale genre and the Chinese “chicken eating game” clones. So if you need to blame anyone, this is where you would start.
Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite started out as a co-op sandbox survival game, really trying to capitalize on the last big “thing” in video games despite being…well… very late to that particular party. It only could have been later if it had been a MOBA. However, with the introduction of the Battle Royale aspect, Fortnite has had a meteoric rise in every possible venue. It’s on mobile, it’s on PC and consoles. It’s even on PornHub.
Cartoonish graphics, no upfront cost and an omnipresence that most other games can only dream about. What more needs to be said?
Given that I just mentioned MOBAs, it’s probably fitting that we talk about Battlerite: Royale. Battlerite Royale is an upcoming mode for the team-based arena brawler. They’re aiming to leverage their MOBA roots and the heroes from the standalone game into a unique aspect for the battle royale genre. The new mode isn’t available yet, keep your eyes peeled this summer for its release or maybe try picking up the MOBA version to get to grips with your favorite hero ahead of time.
Paladins: Battle Royale
Of course, Battlerite isn’t the only game wandering out of its genre. Paladins Battle Royale is a 100-player battle royale standalone expansion of Paladins: Champions of the Realm. Alternatively, it might be called Paladins: Battlegrounds or Realm Royale. Someone needs to pay Hi-Rez a visit and pin them down on a definitive name. How the mechanics of hero shooters like Overwatch and Paladins will work in a battle royale arena remain to be properly seen. Again, this is one that is on the horizon so be sure to check back for more details.
Radical Heights Trove
Replacing Radical Heights on this list we have Trove. If you haven’t heard Boss Key Productions, the makers of Radical Heights very suddenly shut down. Around the same time, Trove announced that they were introducing a Battle Royale mode. Trove is calling it Bomber Royale and it will feature 3 different maps. Each match has 20 players and the big twist for this game is that bombs are the only weapons available. The mode will be arriving in game this summer as part of the MMO’s big update.
H1Z1 has had a hell of a path. It started out as one of the many Zombie survival games, you know two or three “this is what games are now” trends ago. Credit where credit is due though, they split early on into H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill respectively allowing each mode to really focus. Since then Just Survive has dropped the H1Z1 name and the Battle Royale version is now the sole holder of the H1Z1 name. You can expect to see more talk about H1Z1 in the news over the coming weeks. Hopefully, the talk will be more focused on the Playstation 4 release this month instead of the issues around Daybreak Games.
SOS is smaller than other battle royale games. The others mostly clock in around the 100 player mark with H1Z1 going for 150 a match. SOS settles for 16 players but naturally with a twist. SOS is “simple” in as much as you are trying to find a relic then signal for extraction. However, with sixteen Contestants and only three seats on the helicopter things start to get hairy. To add to the experience, each game is broadcast live online via the social gaming platform Hero, with spectators voting on possible in-game events like supply drops or bombing runs. If you plan to play, make sure your microphone is working and that you’re ready with some slick talk or a devious plan. SOS is available now in Early Access.
Mavericks: Proving Grounds
From one extreme to another. SOS brought the battle down to an intimate number with 16 people wrestling to survive. Mavericks: Proving Grounds has a beta coming this summer and is a first-person battle royale game where up to 400 players are all going for one another’s throats. The spin here isn’t just the much larger number of vict…players but rather dynamic environmental effects such as footprints, realistic wildfires, and destroyable, siegeable buildings which hope to deepen the battle royale experience. After all, there’s no chicken dinner at the end for the idiots who let themselves get caught behind in a forest fire while you go for the win. Only time will tell if it can deliver on all that it promises but it will definitely be worth a look.
The Darwin Project
The Darwin Project is a multiplayer survivalist manhunt from Scavengers Studio. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched which is how you really get your post-apocalypse on. Where PUBG was inspired by the movie Battle Royale, this one feels like it decided to take The Hunger Games and ramp up the grimdark.
Both The Darwin Project and SOS look to be leaning more on those key moments in a battle royale, the heart-pounding ones that you don’t always get to have because someone sniped you from a distance. Clearly, the bad guys in The Hunger Games came from a world without Twitch Streaming.
So there you have it, Battle Royale games worth a look: some coming up, some well known to everyone around you and some whose twist on the genre that may well start the next big gaming trend. Hopefully, it will be as exciting as earning that chicken dinner.Related: Battle Royale, Column, Fortnite, FPS, Listed, MMORPG, Paladins, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Trove