The Battle Royale genre has taken the gaming industry by storm. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite were the defining titles of 2017 and both continue to increase in popularity well into 2018. They've been joined by a few new comers like Darwin Project and Radical Heights, and there's surely dozens more Battle Royale games currently in development. But does this new genre have staying power? The enormous eSports infrastructure built up around the small team vs team structure of MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2 and tactical FPS titles like Counter Strike Global Offensive and Overwatch is now being modified to serve the upstart Battle Royale genre. H1Z1, a precursor to PUBG, is a bit ahead of the pack when it comes to eSports. The H1Z1 Pro league is kicking off a professional tournament in Las Vegas starting on April 21. 15 teams are set to square off in a custom designed circular stage which looks incredibly impressive, even to a staunch eSports skeptic. While eSports … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Are Battle Royale Games The Future Of Esports?
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In a twist to the storyline, after PUBG Corp officially sued Chinese developer NetEase for cloning PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, NetEase today instead issued a statement claiming that it will begin to sue any studios which copied “creative features” found in Rules of Survival and Knives Out. Interestingly, PUBG Corp and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds were not mentioned at all. In the statement, NetEase claimed that these 2 battle royale games were downloaded and loved by millions, and featured by Google Play, and were created using an internal game engine along with brand new concepts and features. NetEase discovered that after launching various new unique new features to the games, other developers, including well-known big companies, started to “copy” them. These “twisted” copycat features not only provide a bad user experience, and also caused damage to the “originality market.” NetEase claimed they have been … [Read more...] about – Chinese developer preparing to sue copycats of their battle royale games
According to a report on Gamereactor, Ubisoft would like a piece o’ that PUBG and Fortnite action. The publication claims to have an “anonymous source inside the studio” who’s told it that Massive is building a quick-turnaround battle royale clone following an Ubisoft directive in January. As VG247 pointed out, this isn’t much of a surprise; not only do game companies like money and trends, but Ubisoft in particular namedropped PUBG in an investor call last year, suggesting Ubisoft might add the mode to its existing games via DLC. Ubisoft answered the rumors by saying, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” which you’ll notice is not a denial. As we’ve previously covered, Massive is also working on The Division 2. Source: Gamereactor via VG247SHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Rumor: Ubisoft and Massive are building a battle royale game
Will we ever dig to the bottom of the pit of battle royale titles? Probably not, but here’s another one that’s been in development for a while now. Darwin Project is a good-looking arena title that throws players into the snowy north, where they duke it out in a game show environment to ensure their survival. The game just added a new duo mode alongside its free-for-all mode. Duo mode allows teams of two to watch each other’s backs during matches. Other recent developments have included skill-based matchmaking, an Easter egg hunt, and the debut of Patch 1.8.2. Get a feel for what Darwin Project is about with a couple of videos after the jump! Source: Steam, Easter egg hunt, patch notesSHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Battle royale Darwin Project adds a duo mode
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?