SOS had a unique twist going for it that Massively OP’s MJ liked; it was a survival show with audience participation. She wasn’t however, fond of the you-may-need-to-kill-others-to-win aspect. Last week, the game announced it has gone full-on battle royale. How will that affect those unique features? The game is hosting a free weekend until Sunday afternoon, so MJ is willing to take a peek. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a second serving of… What: SOSWho: MJ GuthrieWhen: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 11th, 2018 Enjoy the show! Having trouble with our live feed or chat? Visit the OPTV channel on Twitch in your browser or on your mobile device. Missed a part of the show? Don’t worry; we’ll post the complete stream here when it’s over, and you can always check out past streams and playlists posted in our videos collection! SHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about The Stream Team: Checking out SOS’s switch to battle royale during its free weekend
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Yesterday we teased ActiBlizz for putting out another boring quarterly financial report about its ever-growing piles of money, but even with World of Warcraft doing well, the announcement turned out to be interesting – and not entirely in good ways. For starters, as Bloomberg and GIbiz report, Dow Jones apparently published old data as new ahead of the financial call yesterday, causing Activision-Blizzard stock – as well as Electronic Arts and Take Two stock – to tumble, with ActiBlizz falling 6.3%. Within a few hours, corrections and proper numbers had been published, and the stocks all rose again, with ActiBlizz closing 2.3% down. “We regret our error as well as inadvertently breaking the embargo,” Dow Jones admitted. “We have issued a correction and are reviewing our processes.” Meanwhile, during the investor call itself, multiple Activision execs talked up the battle royale genre while admitting its own games had been hit by the … [Read more...] about Activision-Blizzard talks battle royale and saving Destiny 2 as stock slowly recovers after Dow Jones snafu
What’s that sound? It’s the sound of a genre becoming even more saturated, that’s what, as SOS is converting into a battle royale game called (drumroll) SOS: Battle Royale. The original idea behind the game was to toss 16 players into a map and have them play a 30-minute match to find a relic and escape in a helicopter, with up to three winners per match and the chance to coordinate via voice chat. There were plenty of survival mechanics along the way, including making your own weapons and traps to survive. And a la Running Man, the streaming audience would be pushing buttons too. Yesterday, Outpost Games announced massive changes to the early access survival game, to the point that it’s now a battle royale game, not a survival game at all – in fact, it appears the survival elements have been stripped out entirely, and you’ll just be looting things like weapons from the island. “You thought you were signing up for a reality TV show, but the … [Read more...] about S.O.S. ditches survival mechanics to become a full-on battle royale game
Back in Febrauary, we first wrote about a new and unique battle royale game from China, Swordsman X. I recently got to try Swordsman X in its Closed Beta 2 phase, and for the record, no kills were managed in my first 2 games, as seen in the footage below. I do admit I suck in PVP games, but the ancient wuxia setting in Swordsman X means I had to give it a try. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, developed by China-based Dream Game Studio and published by Cube Game, here is a quick look at wuxia battle royale Swordsman X. Other than the ancient wuxia setting, the main difference with the western battle royale games is the addition of a MMORPG-like skill system. Picking up weapons might be cool, but players have to find the corresponding weapon manuals to unlock skills. If not, the players can only use normal attacks. The lower level of these manual can usually be found beside the weapons, while higher tiers one (Level 3 and above) are usually scattered across the world. Due to latency issues, … [Read more...] about – Quick look at Closed Beta 2 of wuxia battle royale
The Battle Royale genre turned from a niche game mod to industry leader in just one year. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, developed by Bluehole, blazed that trail and hit a peak of 3.2 million concurrent players earlier this year. But what turned Battle Royale into a genre rather than a single hit was how quickly Epic Games was able to spin out their own version: Fortnite Battle Royale. Despite being second out the gate, Fortnite has managed to surpass PUBG by hitting 3.4 million concurrent users earlier this month. Despite being free to play, Fortnite has rakes in over $80 million USD per month according to Superdata Research. That places both PUBG and Fortnite on the list of top 10 highest grossing PC games. The only genre that has more entries in the top 10 is the MMORPG itself. Other studios were quick to realize to potential in this new genre. Games like Paladins and Warframe quickly announced their own Battle Royale modes. These and other Battle Royale games like Darwin Project … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Are Battle Royale Games A Fad?