Robocraft Royale Goes Free-to-Play

Apparently there were voices that were crying out for Robocraft Royale free-to-play, likely influenced by the same people that like the fact that Fortnite Battle Royale is a free title. Those voices have gone answered as the devs at Freejam have decided to make the newly-launched battle royale shooter a free title.

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So why the change of heart? In addition to player feedback, the devs simply want more people playing. “We want to get as many of you playing the game and enjoying the features we are going to provide, so we are changing the game from pay up front to free-to-play,” reads their Steam page announcement. “For us the game is broken if a match starts with fewer than 90 players.”

On the subject of feedback, the post also provided a list of in-development features that the community is looking for, including adding Robocraft’s crafting tools without sacrificing the battle royale experience, team play modes, and a map update that looks to introduce some unexplained “greater depth to the players experience.”

As a result of this move, this will introduce an alternate form of monetization that hasn’t bee decided on yet. A tweet from the game’s account states that whatever this monetization scheme is, it will likely be cosmetics-based.

If you’re among those who already bought the game, Steam will be issuing forced refunds either automatically or by direct request. That said, some people are experiencing errors in the process with regards to “consumable content that cannot be refunded.” Those who are having issues are being asked to contact Freejam support.

Our Thoughts

Well, that’s a surprise indeed. Of course, the first question that comes to mind is how the game will monetize itself, but as the tweet said, they’re going to work on making a stable game first. Here’s hoping that players flock to this irreverent little battle royale shooter as a result of the news.

Sources: Steam, Twitter

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Robocraft Royale Builds a Release Date for Early Access

Huh…funny, I feel like I just wrote about battle royale games flooding the market a few minutes ago. That said, the arrival of Robocraft Royale early access could also carve out its own niche in the subgenre with the original game’s penchant for varied and unique death-dealing machines.

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In the royale edition of Robocraft, players are dropped into a 64 square-kilometer map in starter buggys, then drive around seeking different character types to take command of. Each character found on the map contains unique weapon loadouts, abilities, and modes of movement. Robocraft Royale also brings the original game’s voxel-by-voxel destruction model, but otherwise the gameplay works the same – stay inside a shrinking play space, last person standing wins.

Robocraft Royale is a standalone game from the original Robocraft, so it has its own update plans including new maps, new characters, new team modes and more. The length of time for the game’s early access state is expected to be three months according to the game’s Steam page.

The game will make its way to Steam Early Access this coming Monday, March 26th at a price of $19.99, but will be holding a free alpha test on Thursday, March 8th. More details can be found at the game’s website.

Our Thoughts

Hm…on the one hand, having the targeted destruction of Robocraft’s gameplay in a battle royale setting could most definitely be interesting. On the other hand, the original game’s ability to build your own machines and take them into battle seem a whole lot more interesting. That said, perhaps the character in Robocraft Royale really are so unique that it won’t matter.

Source: press release

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