Battlerite Royale is Free to Play for a Week

What started off as a short week has now extended a bit further as Stunlock Studios has kicked off a Battlerite Royale free to play week, letting anyone curious about what BR gaming is like from a bird’s eye view with MOBA combat satisfy their extremely specific destire.

battlerite royale free to play week

Between now (October 30th) and November 4th, anyone can download and fire up the entire game free of charge. In addition, if you’re inspired to buy in, there’s a 30% off between now and November 5th.

The free week runs parallel to the game’s current Halloween showcase, Curse of the Night, which brings on a spooky map and Trick or Treat Shrines that can quite literally treat you with a buff or trick you with a debuff.

There also happens to be a few smaller in-game events running, including event quests, a Gleam giveaway and login rewards. All of the salient details can be read at the game’s site.

Our Thoughts

We’re pretty sure that this game has already done a free promotion before, which does beg the question…what’s halting Stunlock from going all-in on a free-to-play model now? At any case, we do hope those who dip into the MOBA Royale pool have a nice swim in the waters of Battlerite Royale.

Source: press release

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Battle Royale Weekly: Battlefield V Won’t Have Battle Royale Mode Until 2019

PUBG Mobile has made $100 million in player purchases, Battlefield V won’t have battle royale mode until 2019, and a Battle Royale title announces that it will be shutting down. Find all of this and more below in this weeks’ Battle Royale Weekly news update.

 

Battlefield V Won’t Have Battle Royale Mode Until 2019

DICE has released the roadmap for the next few months of development on Battlefield V and it looks like the Battle Royale mode, called Firestorm is being put off until the March 2019 content release. Battlefield V will have phases that will introduce a new content patch every few months. In addition to Firestorm, the March release will include the Greece Theater a Combined Arms mission, and an unnamed multiplayer mode.

Source: Variety

 

Battlerite Royale Brings Out Halloween Event

A Halloween event has been introduced in Battlerite Royale called Curse of the Night. Trick or Treat shrines have popped up all over Talon Island and there are all new in-game items and cosmetics for you to get your hands on.

Source: Steam

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops IV Bans Battlefield V Designer, Then Unbans Him

A Battlefield V developer got his CoD Black Ops IV account banned temporarily shortly after he started playing. Florian ‘Drunkkz3’ Le Bihan took to Twitter to prove his innocence. Though he wasn’t told why his account was banned he operated under the assumption that he was banned because the system thought he was using an aimbot. So, he uploaded a video that proved his innocence. Shortly afterward his account was unbanned and he was able to go back to playing.

Source: Gamesradar

 

Crazy Justice Coming Soon

Crazy Justice

It looks like we’ll be able to play Crazy Justice soon now that the game is on Steam and can be added to Wishlists. It’s currently listed as Coming Soon and it will be in Early Access when it does go live but, this is very exciting news for anyone who has been following the game.egress

Source: Steam

 

Egress Now in Closed Beta, Early Access Coming Soon

Egress

What does Early Access even mean anymore? Nobody knows! But, Egress is now in closed beta. A few thousand beta keys were sent out for this event but if you didn’t get one you still have a chance thanks to their giveaways on Discord. Or you can wait until November 8th when the game will be in Early Access. The choice is yours.

Source: Steam

 

Fear the Wolves Gets a Massive Update

Fear The Wolves

Fear the Wolves got a huge update that introduced new features, new weapons, and more. Now you’ll be able to find secret stashes of high tier loot scattered throughout the map. But, players will need to find treasure maps in the wilderness to unlock them. The wolves that need to be feared have also been given a bit of an update. Their behavior has been improved so keep an eye out for solo ninja (the writer’s words, not official) wolves who will sneak up on players. Packs also have more health and are more aggressive.

Source: Variety

 

Fortnite Developers Opening Australia and New Zealand Office

Fortnite Battle Royale

Tony Reed has stepped down as the CEO of the Game Developers Association of Australia to help establish an Epic Games office in Australia and New Zealand. The details of what will happen in that office haven’t been disclosed yet, but, Reed says that there will be a lot of news about it coming in the near future. MMOGames will be keeping an eye out for this news when it comes.

Source: Games Industry

 

Fractured Lands Season 2 Coming in November

Fractured Lands

Season 2 will be coming to Fractured Lands on November 6th. With it comes semi trucks, a squad battle mode, and new customization options. New players will also be able to try it out for free during a weekend event November 8-11.

Source: Gamespace

 

Islands of Nyne Sees Massive Surge in Negative Reviews

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

While checking through our list of all the Battle Royale games currently in development we found something rather odd. Islands of Nyne on Steam has seen a huge trend downwards as the recent reviews have been in Steam’s words, Overwhelmingly Negative. In fact, of 281 reviews in the last 30 days, only 6% have been positive. Many of the reviews state that the game has no players and that the developers have abandoned the game. According to Steamspy the average play time in the last two weeks is just 6 minutes. Meanwhile, Steamcharts shows that the last time the game had more than 100 concurrent players was at the end of September. Sadly, it looks like Islands of Nyne may be dead in the water. But, we will, of course, be watching it in the following weeks to see how it performs over the holidays.

Source: Steam, Steamspy, Steam Charts

 

PUBG Mobile Reaches $100 Million, But Only Half as Fast as Fortnite

Thanks to a new report from SensorTower we now know that PUBG Mobile has reached $100 million in revenue. It took 192 days for PUBG Mobile to reach that milestone, one that took Fortnite just 90 days. Knives Out, NetEase’s mobile Battle Royale game reached $100 million in player spending in 118 days. Why was PUBG so slow compared to the others? Well, part of that is down to the fact that in China the game isn’t monetized. China is PUBG Mobile’s biggest player base and without them contributing to the revenue it, of course, took longer for PUBG to reach $100 million.

Source: SensorTower

 

SOS Shutting Down

SOS

SOS has announced that they will be shutting down on November 12th after struggling since they announced they would be following the Battle Royale trend and changing the original game. This move proved to be quite unpopular with players and the game never recovered. Players on Steam are now requesting refunds but so far those pleas have been ignored.

Source: Steam

 

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds Shortens Match Wait Time

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds made a small update to their game to shorten the amount of time you have to wait for a match to start. If 3.5 minutes have passed and no additional players have joined the queue the match will begin. This will sometimes mean smaller matches, but at least you will be able to play.

Source: Steam

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Battlerite Royale Shows Off its Halloween Goodies

Battlerite Royale certainly isn’t one to miss out on the chance to dress up for Halloween. The Curse of the Night event due this week not only brings some thematic looks, but a new addition to the MOBA royale game’s roster.

curse of the night event

If that face above looks familiar to you vanilla Battlerite fans, it should: it’s Ruh Kaan the Crypt Warden and he’s making his way to the Battlerite Royale roster. Which is appropriate, considering the Halloween-themed event.

On the topic of that event, players of Battlerite Royale will now see Trick or Treat Shrines which will grant either a buff or debuff. Effects include transforming players into a fast-moving black cat, changing them a ghost that can instill panic in nearby foes, or being frozen by fear and unable to move for a short time.

The Curse of the Night also introduces a new Haunted Keep map, a Scarecrow item that can be used to frighten your opponents, and the ability to host a private game lobby for yourself and your friends.

Finally, both Battlerite and Royale will be seeing a number of thematic items added, from event cosmetics that can be purchased with premium currency to chests stuffed with Halloween items that can be earned with either in-game currency or by completing event quests.

The Curse of the Night will hang over Battlerite and Battlerite Royale starting this Wednesday, October 17th and will run for three weeks.

Our Thoughts

We love the idea of the Trick or Treat Shrines, if for nothing else than to add a touch of chaos to the matches of Battlerite Royale. Here’s hoping that things in either the original or spinoff game are entertaining for fans.

Source: press release

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Battlerite Royale Enters Early Access With A Bang

Battlerite Royale entered Early Access on Steam yesterday and just a few hours later, found itself at #1 on Steam’s Global Top Seller List.

While the MOBA and battle royale mash-up currently runs for $19.99/€19.99, they do plan a full free-to-play commercial release some time in 2019. Regardless, players were so eager to leap from the backs of their trusted wyverns as one of the 20 available Champions, revamped especially for Battlerite Royale, seeking out collectibles that allow them to take out everybody and leave themselves as last one standing that it finds itself right there at the top. No easy feat, particularly for a battle royale title in the current market.

“We’ve taken MOBA and battle royale and blended the best of both worlds to create something different and worthy of all MOBA fans,” says Peter Ilves, Game Director at Stunlock Studios. “Featuring a third person perspective, unique combat, and MOBA elements, Battlerite Royale is a truly unique take on the BR genre. The Early Access version not only plays smoothly, but is already visually captivating, and so we look forward to players joining us on this journey in bringing Battlerite Royale to its complete release next year.”

Meanwhile, if you bought Battlerite Early Access and still don’t have your 50% coupon for Battlerite Royale Early Access, Stunlocke say that these have all been sent out now, so check your junk mail folders and so on. If you were affected by the delay, you should receive compensation, also the validity of the coupons has been extended by 24 hours to give you all a little more time to use them. Best be quick!

Our Thoughts

It’s nice to see somebody doing things a little differently with the current battle royale trend, so it’s easy to see why Battlerite Royale’s Early Access is roaring ahead the way it is. Let’s hope they continue down this path and do good things for their game and the community! Are you trying this one out? Let us know what you think!

Source: Press Release, Twitter

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Battle Royale Weekly: Battlefield V Beta Struggles and Someone Gets Arrested

Battlefield V’s beta test leaves a lot to be desired while the beta for Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is a huge success. Plus one of the most anticipated Battle Royale games gets delayed. Find all of that and more in this week’s Battle Royale Weekly.

 

Battlefield V

It looks like EA doesn’t plan on having a second Beta test for Battlefield V after the initial didn’t go as well as EA had hoped it would and had negative press around it like the banning of words including Nazi, Titanfall, and DLC. Battlefield V is due to launch in November but DICE has announced a series of changes to the game in response to player feedback from the beta. Right now it isn’t clear if this will mean players won’t get a chance to try the Battle Royale mode Firestorm before launch or not. By the end of the week it is expected that there will be a blog post detailing what they learned from the beta, so keep an eye out for that.

Source: Twitter

 

Battlerite Royale

Battlerite Royale

This weekend Battlerite Royale is hosting one final closed beta session and all players who have previously signed up to take part will be invited. There will be three different play sessions for three vastly different time zones. Players will be able to play in any session they like but they’re encouraged to play in their regions for the best experience. The times are as follows:

10:00 – 12:00 UTC (aimed for OCE)
17:00 – 19:00 UTC (aimed for EU)
23:00 – 01:00 UTC (aimed for NA)

After this Battlerite Royale will head into Steam Early Access on September 26th.

Source: Official Site

 

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Fans are eager to jump back into Black Ops 4 after a massively successful beta that was universally praised. On Reddit, Treyarch posted a post-beta recap just for Blackout, the Battle Royale mode. The statement goes into detail about feedback they heard from players and how they aim to fix problems. The level of communication is being applauded by fans who all hope it will continue going forward. The Reddit post outlines changes to armor, audio, inventory, Xbox One performance, and some fun stats.

Source: Reddit

 

Cuisine Royale

A highly requested feature on Steam has been added that means players no longer need to use the Gaijin.net Agent or a launcher to launch the game. They do, however, recommend that you use the Cuisine Royale Launcher so you always have the most up to date version of the game.

Source: Steam

 

Darwin Project

The Darwin Project

The Darwin Project has released its massive September content update and the patch notes go on forever. While I recommend you read the patch notes if you’re a player, here are just a few of the highlights. Roll is a feature that can be used in combat by consuming stamina. The new Show Director Power Beach Party has been introduced. Plus players can downsize with the new Electronic Power Shrink. They also highlight new cosmetic items like the plated denim you see above and released a ton of improvements to the game. Check out the patch notes linked below.

Source: Steam

 

Egress

Closed beta testing is now running for the Pinata mode of Egress. A few thousand beta keys have already been sent out. So if you don’t have access yet but you want to be sure to sign up or follow their Discord where they give some out from time to time.

Source: Steam

 

Europa, AKA Ring of Elysium

In case you missed it, and we couldn’t be surprised if you did since there was no formal announcement Europa is now being called Ring of Elysium. It is now available on Steam and you can see an all-new trailer for the game below.

Source: Comicbook.com

 

Fear the Wolves

Now deep in Early Access, Fear the Wolves has released its third update to the game. The update focuses on introducing new content, performance optimization, and changes to gameplay. They’ve also added 10 more languages to the game. Check out everything they announced in the link below.

Source: Steam

 

Fortnite

While a lot of attention right now might be on loot in Fortnite we also need to take a look at real-life consequences of misbehaving and threatening people. A 45-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened an 11-year-old because of Fortnite. The man is facing second-degree aggravated harassment charges and a charge of acting in a manner to injure a child. This coming after he sent threatening text messages and online voice messages on his Xbox because he lost a match.

Source: USAToday

 

H1Z1, AKA Z1 Battle Royale

H1Z1 is now being made by a new studio and with that comes a new name for the game! It will now be called Z1 Battle Royale. With that, they’ve released a new roadmap that is admittedly a bit sparse and they’ve released Version 1.0 with adjustments to weapons, matchmaking, and more. The goal is to return to the game’s roots to be the most competitive Battle Royale game.

Source: Steam

 

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

The Founders access to Mavericks: The Forge, which was supposed to be launching soon, has been delayed until the end of November. Many fans are left disappointed but they aren’t without options or compensation. All founders will now get an additional 3 months of Citizenship membership and non-founders who have signed up for the previously announced beta will get 1-month Citizenship access once the game economy goes live. They are also accepting refund requests for those who aren’t happy and no longer wish to be a founder.

For those not in the know, Mavericks: The Forge is what they’re calling all of the pre-release testing instead of saying Early Access, Closed Beta, and so on. The CEO of Automaton is currently doing an AMA on Reddit if you want to see more details.

Source: Official Site

 

Mortal Royale

Mortal Royale

Alpha testing for Mortal Royale begins today. If you’ve made it into the first phase of testing then you should already have a Steam key in your inbox. Those who are involved are allowed to stream the alpha test so be sure the check on Twitch for someone playing if you’ve not made it in.

Source: Steam

 

PUBG

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds may finally be heading to PS4. We know this thanks to the Korean Ratings Board. Bluehole has always been very clear and open about the fact that they want PUBG to be available on all platforms so it makes sense that this is coming. All we need now is an official announcement which may not come until the Playstation Experience in December. For now, we will just have to wait and see.

Source: GameRant

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When Did Early Access Start Meaning Launch?

Testing of games prior to their release used to look very different than it does today. Even now we seem to be in the midst of another change. It can be seen in the language and attitudes of developers and PR representatives. We are getting to a stage where Early Access means Launch.

It used to be game testing was done strictly behind the scenes. Studios would have in-house beta testers or hire professionals under a strict NDA to test the game for them. This is still done for single player titles today. Over time this changed and the general public was suddenly finding themselves invited to take part in beta testing, often for MMOs that studios couldn’t reasonably test on their own. During these early days of beta testing you would have to fill out a questionnaire about yourself and if you got in you would get a disc to install the game. This was back when you would actually be excited for the mail delivery to be made, much like waiting for an Amazon shipment these days. Of course, good things rarely come in the mail anymore.

Dauntless Beta Video

Open beta testing was introduced and suddenly anyone with sufficient hardware and the time could take part. This opened up the opportunity to test the strain on servers, catch more bugs, and get feedback from people who would actually be playing the game. From a marketing standpoint, it was fantastic as well. It got the news out about the game without the need for advertisement, and word of mouth from people who took part in the open beta was invaluable.

This is when we started seeing a shift. Games in open beta had to be more polished, they had to be nearly perfect and ready for launch if not completely. They became less of a testing tool and more of a marketing one. During the height of Facebook gaming, many games were in a perpetual state of beta with many never even formally launching. However, they were still playable by anyone and you could spend money in the games. They were well polished but insisting that they were in beta. This was a marketing choice.

MMOs started to catch on to the idea as well and the concept of a soft launch came into being. It was called open beta but there would be no progression wipes, the servers were always on, and the game ran as though it had launched. This idea didn’t last terribly long though because idea of Early Access soon came into being.

To this day developers haven’t really settled on what Early Access means. For some, Early Access means “I announced my game 5 minutes ago, it has half a map and only male characters.” For others it is the final stage of testing and a time when paying players can give input before the game launches. While others live in a state of perpetual Early Access and never show any signs that they’re progressing towards launch. These are often games that are still in development but people pay to play the game and in return development of the game continues. DayZ is perhaps the most famous example of this. The game has been in development for 6 years now and five of those years in Early Access.

DayZ

This year we’ve started seeing the words launch and Early Access together. Using DayZ as the example once again, at Gamescom 2018 Bohemia announced that the release date for DayZ for Early Access on Xbox Game Preview would be August 29th. Last week, Battle Royale game Battlerite Royale put out a press release that was titled “Battlerite Royale Release Date Revealed.” Further reading to the very first sentence of the press release showed that what they actually meant was the start of Early Access.

The line between Early Access, beta testing, and launch is becoming harder and harder to see, not only because of the language used but the way these stages are being used by developers themselves. Games that are in Early Access are making money and don’t require all the fine-tuned polish that is expected of a fully launched game. Come across a bug? Sorry, we’re in Early Access…bugs are expected. By the way, buy this sparkle pony for $5.99!

Battlerite Royale

From a consumer’s point of view, it looks like a great deal. It pushes those instant gratification buttons. If you could pay $10 to see Marvel’s Infinity War Part 2 right now, but maybe all the CG isn’t done yet…would you do it? I know I would at the very least give it some heavy consideration. Instead of having to wait, you would get to see a slightly less polished version right now. What if that became the norm? The next Guardians of the Galaxy movie (if there is one) doesn’t have Rocket or Groot as CG anymore. Instead, you’ve got Sean Gunn running around on his knees and a random dude in a blue suit wearing Groot’s head as a helmet.

This is what Early Access has become for the gaming industry. We think we’re paying for the privilege of getting our hands on the game early. At least that’s how it feels in our minds, but from a development point of view, it is seen much differently. Early Access grants them funding for games much sooner than they would have previously. This means more games are able to be made. This isn’t always a good thing though. How many bad Early Access games are there currently on Steam? How many games never reach the point where they’re polished enough to launch? Many games spend so long in Early Access that they have their peak during Early Access and then use launching as a marketing tool to bring people back after the game has started to decline.

The quality of our games is going down because of the way Early Access is used. Consumers are the ones paying the price for these industry practices. Sadly, there are only two options, continue to buy into games in the Early Access stage keep the trend going or stop paying from Early Access. Unless everyone does it together, the industry will always have someone willing to pay for an incomplete game.

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Battle Royale Weekly: Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout Leak and Epic is Unhappy

This week we have a pretty big variety in the news around Battle Royale games. A new Battle Royale game has been announced, Fortnite is having security and player problems, and on top of that, we have a Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout leak, and so much more.

 

Battlefield V

Battle Royale news

If you’re more interested in the Combined Arms co-op and the Battle Royale modes for Battlefield V, you may want to wait to get Battlefield V. Both of these modes have been pushed back and won’t be available at launch. Vehicle customization also won’t be there at launch. This seems like an example of the publisher setting a launch date the developers are finding difficult to meet.

Source: WCCTech

 

Battlerite Royale

The announcement of Battlerite Royale as its own game came with a lot of mixed feelings from Battlerite players. Stunlock has acknowledged that there are things they could have done better in the announcement. The studio has promised that an FAQ would be posted in September but they also answered some questions that the community had been discussing.

Anyone who bought Battlerite in Early Access or has purchased the All Champions Pack or the Ultimate Fan Pack will get a coupon for 50% off the game as well as a limited edition Legendary Ember Tiger mount. Battlerite players who don’t fit into the above category but do have an account level 20 or higher when Battlerite Royale launches will receive the limited Epic Ricky the Rocket mount if they purchase Battlerite Royale. Players who meet both requirements will get both mounts and any cosmetics that are unlocked in Battlerite Arena will be shared in Battlerite Royale.

Battlerite Royale will cost $20 and is expected to start Early Access by the end of September.

Source: Official Site

 

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout leak

A new leak may have revealed a whole lot of new information about Blackout, the Battle Royale mode of the game. This leak comes from The Wew Lads who correctly leaked previous content about another Call of Duty title, so there may be some credibility to this leak.

Blackout mode will, according to the leak, have doors that can be opened and closed. It will also have zombies in a selected area. The mode may feature up to 100 players. The leak also talks about a new mode called Outboarding which is a training/tutorial mode. Oh and if this is important, you do in fact parachute into the map. Raising the question, is it a Battle Royale game if you don’t parachute in?

Source: WCCTech

 

Dying Light: Bad Blood

At Gamescom, Techland announced that Dying Light: Bad Blood would be entering Early Access in September, though no exact date was given. It has been confirmed that while consoles won’t be part of the Early Access, the game will release on Playstation 4 and Xbox One when it launches. The game will be free to play unless you want to take part in Early Access. The Early Access will be part of the $19.99 Founders Pack. This pack will include:

  • Exclusive Golden Founder’s Mask
  • Three exclusive Legendary weapon skins
  • Golden Neckslicer dagger
  • Golden Bonecleaver machete
  • Golden Skullopener cricket bat
  • 1000 Blood Bucks
  • Three exclusive Legendary skins distributed over three months post-launch

Thanks to their presence at Gamescom we now have quite a lot of gameplay footage on Youtube to dig through. So if you want to know what its like before you throw cash at it, this is your chance….or you could just wait until it launches.

Source: Techadvisor.co.uk

 

Egress

Egress has introduced a new mode called Piñata that is exactly what it says in the name. You’ll be on one of two sides and your job is to destroy the other team’s piñata while protecting your own. Check out the short video introducing the new mode below.

Source: Press Release

 

Fear the Wolves

Fear The Wolves

The Early Access for Fear the Wolves is underway on Steam with mixed reviews. 55% of the 63 reviews for the game are positive. According to SteamCharts, their concurrent peak so far has been 388 players, not bad for a game that has been in Early Access for less than three days that isn’t free to play. We also have a content roadmap for September which will include things like 2 seater vehicles and weapon customization. In October players can expect more movement options, new melee mechanics, and an in-game event system.

Source: SteamCharts, Steam Announcement

 

Fortnite

Fortnite on Android is experiencing some security issues that are prompting many prominent tech sites to recommend staying away from the game for now. A Google employee discovered a vulnerability that allowed hackers to replace the app with a fake version of the game. Google immediately notified Epic, who quickly got to work on fixing the issue. They also asked Google not to disclose the vulnerability to the public for 90 days, to give players time to install the new patch. Google instead waited the industry standard 7 days before they went public. Epic then lashed out at Google for doing so, which raised a lot of red flags for those in the cyber security sphere.

Google isn’t the only group that Epic is upset with right now, they’re also looking at fans who are unlocking the exclusive Galaxy skin with demo phones in stores. For those who don’t know what that is, when Fortnite was announced for Android they also announced an exclusive partnership with Samsung that would give owners of the brand new Samsung Note 9 or Tab S4 an incredibly rare skin, the rarest skin of them all in fact. Samsung themselves aren’t very happy about this either and many stores are putting up signs telling shoppers not to install Fortnite. Which, of course, they aren’t. They hoped this would attract people to buy their very pricey new devices.

Source: CNET, Polygon

 

H1Z1

The original survival mode for H1Z1 which was named Just Survive…hasn’t survived. Daybreak has announced that the game will shut down in October despite having never even launched. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise though as the Battle Royale game took off in a way that Just Survive never did.

Source: Press Release

 

Mortal Royale

Another week, another new Battle Royale game. Star Vault, the creators of Mortal Online have announced Mortal Royale, a Battle Royale game with 1,000 players. Along with finding weapons and armor, you’ll be on the lookout for mounts who give you incredible advantages on the field. You can sign up to take part in the alpha right now on the official site. Check out the trailer for the game below, though if you don’t like blood you might want to skip this one.

Source: Official Site

 

Proxima Royale

Expect to see a new trailer for Proxima Royale in the coming weeks that shows off all the new content they’ve been working on. They also revealed that Closed Beta is on its way, currently slated for Q3 2018. The game is not currently playable, but they are making updates on Steam where they release new information.

Source: Steam

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Battle Royale Weekly: Gamescom and a New Battle Royale Game

Battle Royale Weekly was delayed just a little bit while we waited for news to come out of Gamescom. Now that the big push is out of the way though we can dive into things. We’ve got trailers for a few different games, Fear the Wolves Early Access has a start date, there’s a new Battle Royale game, and Fortnite is once again bringing in all the money. You can find all of that and more in this week’s edition of Battle Royale Weekly.

 

Battlefield V

Battlefield V is making a big splash at Gamescom this week. It’s playable on the convention floor and for anyone who isn’t there, we got a new trailer to watch for the Devastation of Rotterdam as well as possibly the first glimpse of the Battle Royale mode. The game will be going into beta in early September and will feature the new map.

Source: Press Release

 

Battlerite Royale

Last week Battlerite Royale got a gameplay reveal trailer that is sure to please. The game will be coming in September and beta sign-ups are now available.

Source: Press Release

 

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on Blackout you’ll finally get your chance starting on September 10th for PS4 owners. PC and Xbox One players will have to wait until September 14th for their chance to play the beta of the battle royale mode. The game will be launching on October 12th.

Source: Press Release

 

The Darwin Project

Last week, The Darwin Project reached the number one spot in the Microsoft Store for free games. They also launched a partners program for content creators who meet their requirements. The program officially launches in September.

Source: Official Site, Twitter

 

Dying Light: Bad Blood

Dying Light: Bad Blood is at Gamescom this week, but if you aren’t then you’ll be able to get your hands on the game in September as it goes into Early Access. If you’re very very lucky you might be one of the few selected for a one day preview of the game this coming weekend. Keys for it will be handed out on August 22nd so if you’ve signed up for the beta make sure you keep an eye on your inbox.

Source: Press Release

 

Fear the Wolves

At Gamescom, Vostok revealed that Fear the Wolves would be hitting Steam Early Access on August 28th after being previously delayed. To go along with the announcement we got a Release Date Trailer.

Source: Press Release

 

Fortnite

Revenue for Fornite on iOS has reached $200 million just 5 months after it launched. It took 3 months to reach the $100 million mark, which means that people are spending even more on the most popular game in existence right now. Thanks to new information from SensorTower we know that this was primarily from players in the United States who account for 63% of the total spent so far. That’s $126 million and 12 times the amount of the second highest country, the UK who accounts for just 5% of the total. What does this mean? Americans REALLY love Fortnite. $200 million puts Fortnite up there with the King of mobile, Clash of Clans which brought in the same amount of money in the same amount of time. Based on their estimates, SensorTower projects that Fortnite will gross over $450 million in 2018 on iOS alone. This means that Apple will be getting an additional $75 million in platform fees on top of the $60 million it has made so far since March. With numbers like that is it any wonder Epic has decided to skip Google Play? SensorTower estimates that in doing so Google will miss out on at least $50 million in revenue this year alone.

Source: SensorTower

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PUBG is getting a training mode. This mode will allow 5-20 players to practice on a 2x2km map. This is part of the Fix PUBG Campaign that was announced earlier this month. The campaign is an effort by the developers to make PUBG a better, more stable, and fairer game. The training mode will allow players to practice all aspects of the game including driving vehicles, practicing parachute landings, and mastering the peek shot amongst other things.

Source: Steam Announcement

 

Realm Royale

Hi-Rez has split up into three developers so that each one could focus on a particular game. Titan Forge Games will focus on Smite, Evil Mojo Games will work on Paladins, and Heroic Leap Games will develop Realm Royale. This couldn’t come at a better time as Realm Royale has seen its population on Steam drop nearly 95% in terms of concurrent players after 2 months, a shocking number to say the least.

Source: PC Gamer, Steam Charts

 

Stormdivers

Gamescom 2018 was only open for a few minutes before Stormdivers was announced. It was one of the very first press releases out the door and yes, it is, in fact, a Battle Royale game. It is being made by renowned Finnish studio Housemarque, who is known for games like Nex Machina and Resogun. This game brings us up to 35 Battle Royale titles we’re following. Check out the futuristic Battle Royale game in the official trailer below.

 

To be totally honest it’s a bit of a surprise that more new Battle Royale games weren’t announced. Gamescom isn’t always the best place to display new games so it is possible that there won’t be any. It’s also equally possible that there is a press embargo on some of the newer titles, so we will just have to wait until next week to get the full scope of what went down at Gamescom. If you’d like to just have the Battle Royale games of Gamescom 2018 we have another article just for you. Next week we also have PAX Prime to look forward to, which means even more opportunities for announcements and new games. If there are any new indie Battle Royale games made in North America, this is likely where we’ll find them.

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Battle Royale Weekly: News from Gaming’s Current Trend

Right now Battle Royale games are at the top of the gaming industry. They’re the latest trend being embraced by studios and as a result, we’re seeing more and more of them being announced every day. It can be difficult to follow them all though. Currently, we’re keeping track of more than 30 Battle Royale titles and expecting that list to grow all the time. To help you keep up with the genre we’re launching Battle Royale Weekly, a weekly look at Battle Royale games and the genre as a whole. So if you’re looking for the latest Battle Royale news you’re in the right place.

 

Battlefield V

Battlefield V is having another round of alpha testing beginning today. This one, just like the last will be for PC only. The playtest is based on the previous one, which means there won’t be anything new but they are looking to test player progression. They also made improvements to matchmaking and fixed issues with joining squads. You’ll be able to test a 64-player Conquest map along with Grand Operations day 1 and 2. The alpha will be available in many European countries and North America, but it is invite-only. Invitation codes are being sent out to a small group of Battlefield players. If you were lucky enough to take part in the last alpha test you’re automatically invited to this one as well. The test will be running for a limited time, though no end date has been announced yet.

Source: EA

 

Battlerite Royale

Just a few days ago Battlerite Royale became a standalone game and it will be going into Early Access next month. It was originally intended to launch this summer but thanks to the massive interest in the game and the constraints by some of the game’s systems, the developers have decided to go big. A roadmap for the development of the game has also recently gone live with details for the rest of 2018’s content updates, so be sure to go give that a look.

Source: Official Site

 

Crazy Justice

Crazy Justice is a Battle Royale title that doesn’t get a lot of mention at the moment, mostly because it isn’t actually playable yet. The game has a 100-player PvP mode in which you get to play one of dozens of heroes. What makes it stand out is that there are two modes of Battle Royale. In the normal Battle Royale, you’re playing without any abilities, or you can play Skill Royale mode which will give you access to your hero’s game-changing special skill. The game is planning on having cross-play between PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The map is 6km2 with hidden areas, underwater areas, and hidden loot. According to their official site, they’re planning on entering Early Access sometime in August.

Source: Official Site

 

Cuisine Royale

What started out as an April Fools Day joke is indeed a full-fledged game. If you aren’t familiar with Cuisine Royale just know that your armor consists of colanders, woks, and waffle irons. The game is currently in Early Access on Steam. It is a game that is in active development getting new updates every few days. The most recent one landed today which introduced leaderboards. They’re separated by which of the three modes you’re playing in. To be shown on the boards, you need to take part in at least 20 battles with at least one victory in Duo/Squad. You can sort them by win or kill rating.

Source: Patch Notes

 

The Darwin Project

Today, The Darwin Project is holding a technical playtest for a couple of hours. In particular, they’re looking for feedback on the new Tile and new Tool, but you’ll be able to share your thoughts on all aspects of the game in a post playtest survey. The test will be running from 4 PM to 8 PM Eastern time. You can take part by completing the following steps on Steam:

  1. Go to your Steam library
    2. Right-click on Darwin Project and select Properties
    3. Go to the Beta tab and enter the playtest code: playtest73423482
    4. Click Check Code, then select Playtest from the drop-down menu
    5. Restart Steam and launch Darwin Project

Streamers will be able to stream the playtest, so even if you can’t take part you can still take a look and see how the game is doing right now.

Source: Official Site

 

Dying Light: Bad Blood

Dying Light: Bad Blood is another title that hasn’t been playable yet but by all accounts will be playable very soon. On the official site, you can sign up for global testing which is said to be coming soon. These global tests will run for a few days at a time on Steam. In this game, you’re fighting for a seat out of a zombie-infested area. You’ll have to fight off zombies as well as fellow players. To earn your seat out, you not only have to be the last one standing you also have to harvest blood from the infected.

Source: Official Site

 

Egress

Closed Beta testing for Egress started on August 1st, however a number of problems were uncovered during testing and as a result, they aren’t currently accepting more testers. On their official site, they say that the game needs a lot of improvement before they can invite even more players. The good news is that they’re already hard at work on improving the game. So hopefully it won’t be too long until more people can jump in.

 

Fear the Wolves

Fear The Wolves

Last month Fear the Wolves announced that they would be pushing back their Early Access by a few weeks. Since then there hasn’t been any word on when Early Access would begin or anything else really. On social media, they’re inviting more people to take part in beta testing which suggests that it may still be some time before we see the game start Early Access.

Source: Official Site

 

Fortnite

Fortnite is obviously one of the most talked about games at the moment as it is taking the world by storm. Because of this, we won’t be focusing on Fortnite unless the news is really big. Right now everyone is talking about streamer Ninja who recently said he won’t work with female gamers. This got a lot of backlash from gamers across the spectrum.

Source: Everyone is talking about it.

 

Fractured Lands

Fractured Lands has now been in Early Access for 3 weeks. On Steam it has mixed reviews, with a lot of people saying that it has potential. At the moment it seems as though they’re patching the game once a week, adding to it and improving what is already in place.

Source: Steam

 

H1Z1

Most recently H1Z1 launched on the Playstation 4 after having spent a few months in open beta. Since it launched there has already been a hotfix to take care of client performance, crashes, and other issues. There isn’t a whole lot more to say about the game though.

Source: Official Site

 

Knives Out

Knives Out isn’t currently supported in English but it is a massive hit for NetEase. In June, the game was number one on the iOS charts in Japan. This was part of a fantastic second quarter for the publishers who are shifting away from MMORPGs and embracing a wider variety of games, admittedly mostly mobile games. There aren’t any signs of Knives Out being released for Western audiences but we will continue to watch the game anyway in the hopes that something might change.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

 

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

Mavericks has announced that they’re ditching the idea of Early Access, Closed Beta, Alpha, and all of that and instead just doing testing. There will be weekly updates to the game and you will be able to play at any time. Since E3, thousands of people have signed up to test the game. While we now don’t know when testing will begin, we at least know that once it does it will be staying on.

Source: Official Site

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Just like Fortnite, we aren’t going to be covering PUBG in too much detail. The game already gets talked about quite a bit in the industry. With that being said though, there is some interesting testing going on in the game. If you play on Xbox One you can test out some highly sought after additions to the game. They are dynamic weather and limb penetration. The patch notes for this are massive and well worth a read if you plan on taking part.

Source: Official Site

 

Rapture Rejects

What was possibly the most amusing game to come out of E3, Rapture Rejects hasn’t really been heard from much since then. But thanks to a recent interview with Tinybuild’s CEO Alex Nichiporchik we now have a few more details. This summer they’re planning on having a closed alpha and based on the results of that closed alpha they’ll decide where to go next. Exactly when it is going to start wasn’t stated, but summer is quickly coming to an end. If you’re lucky enough to be attending PAX West you’ll be able to be one of the first members of the public to try out the game. It will be playable at the Tinybuild booth.

Source: Geekwire Interview

 

SOS

SOS

For a while, SOS was enjoying some moderate success for an indie game on Steam. But some changes were made to the game that suddenly made it massively unpopular. So, in an effort to bring players back they’ve released SOS: Classic. This classic version of the game won’t be developed and no new content will be added. So the game will exist exactly as it did before the game mode was changed. It’s also going to be free to play.

Source: Steam

 

The CullingThe Culling

Development on The Culling has started again now that the studio is refocusing their efforts on the game. Part of that refocus means a day one server that takes players all the way back to the beginning of The Culling in March of 2016. During the process of focusing on The Culling again, they’re going to be putting out surveys to their players to find out how they would like to see certain things go. The current survey is about Health Stations.

Source: Steam

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Battlerite Royale Becomes a Standalone Title

Perhaps it was inevitable. Perhaps it was fate. Or maybe it’s nothing terribly deep. In any case, Stunlock Studios has decided that making a Battlerite Royale standalone release is the best way to go for the MOBA-styled multiplayer variant and the devs have explained why.

battlerite royale standalone release

Evidently, breaking up Battlerite and Royale was just easier on everyone involved according to marketing director Johan Ilves.

“Early on in Battlerite Royale’s development we noticed how difficult it was to align the battle royale theme with the arena mode and still ensuring the genre and gameplay to work together. Battlerite Royale has become a significantly different experience and we are now separating the games so that each of them can flourish in their own right.”

The most recent dev blog on the game’s website elaborated on this further:

“When the decision was made, we suddenly could do more to make the best possible Royale experience. Today we firmly believe that we can deliver a more polished, more fun, and more exciting experience with Battlerite Royale without compromising Arena and the fine-tuned balance that we strive to perfect.”

With that decision out of the way, you may be wondering where things go from here. That will be revealed in an update roadmap to be unveiled this coming Monday, August 13th. That date will also be when signups for Battlerite Royale’s closed beta will begin. Until then, plans currently see Battlerite Royale hitting Steam Early Access this coming September.

Our Thoughts

If breaking the two title up means both flourish and improve, then that’s certainly the better. The case in favor of this move could certainly be argued by looking at how Fortnite’s insistence of keeping Save the World and Battle Royale together seems to be having a negative impact on the former while the latter continues to expand. Here’s hoping the folks at Stunlock are confident with this decision.

Sources: press release, official site

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