Every week here in the Battle Royale Weekly column we take a look at the news from just the Battle Royale genre, much of which doesn’t get reported by other games media sites. Currently, our list includes 38 Battle Royale titles that we check every week for anything new to talk about. Last week, however, there were only a few games across the entire genre that had news. That’s…shocking really. What made it even worse was that going through that list we found many of the games hadn’t received an update in months and their populations according to Steam Charts were below 10 players a day. So instead of focusing on the news this week, we thought it was time to take a look at the state of the Battle Royale genre. Before we get started, let’s address the two big elephants in the room: Fortnite and PUBG. As two of the biggest, most popular games in the entire game industry they stand out from the rest of the genre. Both games are doing very well and are … [Read more...] about Battle Royale Weekly: State of the Battle Royale Genre
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In their latest producer’s blog, Nexon have showcased Maple Story 2 Mushking Royale, their take on the Battle Royale game type currently dominating the online gaming market. To promote the new mode, during the 2nd Closed Beta Test Nexon will be giving away some of their recently revealed Founders packs to winners of the Mushking Royale matches. Unfortunately they do not specify how many packs will be up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning a founders pack, you will need to make sure you’re online during the event times: “Mushking Royale will only be available for one weekend during Closed Beta 2, starting on July 20th at 8:00 AM PDT and running through July 23rd at 7:59 AM PDT. Maplers can access Mushking Royale through the MapleStory 2 in-game menu, so this mode will only be open to those selected to play in the closed beta at this time.” Battle Royale games were made popular by Player Unknown’s Battle Groungs, and made a global … [Read more...] about MapleStory 2 Mushking Royale. Nexon joins the Battle Royale craze
All hands on deck, people! We are at Maximum Battle Royale this summer and the bubble hasn’t burst – at least not yet. Maybe it only ends when we have a battle royale game in which 50 battle royale games fight each other for supremacy. In any case, let’s catch up on all of the news of this weird and popular PvP sub-genre! Making sure that the Sanhok event pass is working properly is at the forefront of the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds team this week. The event pass increased its daily XP limit and lowered some other requirements to progress through it. Hi-Rez’s Realm Royale has a new alpha pack for sale and patched in a update designed to “improve the feel and gunplay of weapons.” The studio said that it focused on the responsiveness and unique qualities of each weapon to make them feel more satisfying. “Realm Royale by Hi-Rez Studios hit 3 million players in just 3 weeks of early access. The hit new fantasy class-based battle royale … [Read more...] about Battle Royale roundup: Realm Royale, H1Z1, PUBG, and Cuisine Royale
So as you may know, I’m an MMORPG guy – not really a battle royale guy. There are some cool ideas for people who like the combat of survival games turned up to 11, but that’s not my thing. I like community building, crafting, negotiating, and generally using my words to avoid direct combat. So when Automaton games announced Mavericks and said it’d be adding MMO elements to the battle royale genre, I got a bit excited. However, after having some hands-on time with the game and talking to Automaton Games’ CEO James Thompson at this year’s GDC, I’ve come to the realization that it’s much more for the battle royale crowd than the MMO crowd, and this will be especially true at launch. The Mavericks way of life For those who don’t know, Thompson is also a co-founder and researcher at Playfusion, a kind of AR toy/card game company that makes things that seem cool to me. However, none of his work there is currently … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Making sense of battle royale MMO Mavericks with Automaton Games
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?