I promise, I’m not being intentionally vague in that headline regarding the Realm Royale console beta launch date. That’s literally the best information the announcement provided; the fantasy-based battle royale shooter is starting its beta on consoles next week.
At some point next week, players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will get their opportunity to battle royally in 100-player fights to the death. Entry to the beta will require a key, which sounds about as simple as signing up on the game’s website., so perhaps it’s safer to call it a soft launch than beta. Who knows anymore, honestly.
“Since Realm Royale first released on PC, the top three questions on social media have been ‘Console?,’ ‘PS4?,’ and ‘Xbox?’,” remarked executive producer Rory Newburgh. “We understand our community wants Realm Royale on console, and we’re thrilled to announce console closed beta testing starts next week.”
As is often the way of announcements like this, there’s a trailer full of hype attached which can be seen below.
As loaded as the battle royale scene overall is, the console market for same doesn’t seem quite as crowded, so the arrival of Realm Royale to PS4 and XB1 could indeed be a good thing. In any case, we hope that fans of the game are looking forward to its console iteration.
The original side-scrolling MapleStory MMO is kind of a perfect fit for a mobile title, and now players of the West will get to know whether that is indeed the case. Nexon America has confirmed an expanded MapleStory M Western release, bringing the Korean mobile adventure to more players around the globe outside of its previously soft-launched locations.
MapleStory M is a unique title that takes numerous cues from the original MapleStory MMORPG, along with a variety of the same features such as rich cosmetic customization options, a variety of familiar locations, open-world live events, and a 10-player raid.
“We set out to create a unique experience for mobile without sacrificing anything that made MapleStory special,” reads a statement from Nexon America’s president Jungsoo Lee. “We’ve been optimizing MapleStory for mobile devices and I think both hardcore gamers and casual fans will find the experience just as gratifying and fun as MapleStory.”
Players who are ready to get started are invited to pre-register and will unlock an in-game gift box filled with goodies for doing so. In addition, five lucky players in the US and Canada (except Quebec) who share the announcement trailer on social media will get their choice of an iPhone X 64GB or Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB.
MapleStory M will arrive as a free download on Google Play and Apple later this year. As for that trailer, you can check it out in the embed below.
Yeah, MapleStory classic definitely feels like a game suited for mobile play, so we’re absolutely looking forward to this game’s release. Considering MapleStory 2 will likely be one of the bigger games for fans on PC, it’s nice that the original title is getting something of a second life through this mobile release.