Stormdivers is one of those Battle Royale titles we’ve been following since it was first announced and we’ve been eagerly waiting to hear more about, we just didn’t think this would be the next thing we heard. Housemarque, the developers of Stormdivers has admitted they don’t think the Battle Royale game will be a success. CEO Ilari Kuittinen spoke to VG247 at Reboot Development this weekend where he said that competition from games like Apex Legends, being slower to market than rivals, and a lack of funding mean Stormdivers isn’t in a strong position to succeed.
When Stormdivers was announced many of us in the MMOGames office thought it was too little too late. When Apex Legends came out the question was once again, where is Stormdivers?
According to the VG247 article Stormdivers was pitched internally in 2013 and when they took it to external partners the Battle Royale genre didn’t exist yet.
“The problem is with us we always have to change our idea. We originally thought that the game would be a premium game but now it should be free to play. And do we have enough content to do that? I don’t know,” he admitted. “We’re kind of a bit short of money to fully realise what we want to do as a launch edition of the game. We’ll see. It is tough. Whether we’re going to succeed, it’s unlikely because of the tough competition.”
We also learned thanks to this interview that Housemarque has about 15 developers working on Stormdivers right now. They have an additional 60 staff members working on another, not yet announced title that already has a publisher attached.
While the studio hasn’t given up completely on Stormdivers completely it looks like the future isn’t too bright for the game. It is currently in beta and playable every 4-6 weeks for those who have been invited. But with only 15 people developing the game it sounds like it will be a long time before we see the finished product if we do at all.
This week we’re skipping that Fortnite news everyone is talking about right now, you know…the one with the dances. We’re also skipping PUBG because this week we’re going to focus on the underdog Battle Royale titles. As you read from the title of this article the big news this week is that development ends for Islands of Nyne, but we’ve also got news about a couple of events going on this weekend if you need an escape from your family or if you just want to introduce that younger cousin of yours to the world of Battle Royale. All of that and more is in the Battle Royale Weekly.
Egress Tournament Incoming
Egress made a post on Steam letting people know that a tournament would be coming soon. At this point, it is more of an announcement of an announcement sort of situation. There aren’t any details about the tournament itself yet but they are expected soon. In the announcement, they also say that they will try to give rewards to all participants; there are supposed to be a set of premium weapons for participating in the tournament. The development team also said that they will announce more details on the game’s Steam news feed, so if this is something you’re interested in you should be following along there.
Well, it’s time to say goodbye to Islands of Nyne. For anyone who has been following the game, this really won’t come as a massive surprise. It is a shame though. It was easily one of the more attractive Battle Royale games out there. The developers have said that there will be one more update to the game before they walk away. This update will add game credits and potentially make server changes to allow players to host their own servers. So yes, Islands of Nyne in its current form will still be available for the time being. How long that will last though…we’ll just have to wait and see. The in-game item store has been shut down and refunds for all purchases made from November 29th to today are available through Steam. The good news is that many of those who worked on developing the game have already found jobs elsewhere in the industry. For those who haven’t, we hope you land on your feet quickly.
With very little warning, Proxima Royale has announced that it will be holding a closed beta this long Christmas weekend starting on December 21st and running until December 25th. Each day the servers will be on for 12 hours, 1 PM to 1 AM Pacific, 4 PM to 4 AM Eastern, and 10 PM to 10 AM for Central Europe. Sucks to be Europe. Those who are backers or previously received beta keys from giveaways will be able to participate. If you want to take part you can still buy a Founder’s Pack on their website. The lowest Founder’s Pack is $22.49 and gets you a copy of the game, access to the beta, a nifty skin for your robot and weapons, plus Sparky, a pre-order exclusive.
It looks like Battle Royale games don’t want you to be bored this weekend. Realm Royale has announced via Twitter that from December 21st to the 26th you’ll be able to earn 4X Battle XP, no matter what platform you play on. They’re also activating the in-game shop where you can buy a variety of skins and cosmetic items.
The developers also warn that the alpha pack is leaving the shop on PC in mid-January. This will be your last chance to get your hands on it before it’s gone forever. Why are they doing this? Well, the game is now in Closed Beta and they’re getting ready for Open Beta, which is coming early next year.
Ring of Elysium Issues an Apology and Announces a New Gamemode
A number of Ring of Elysium players mistakenly got caught up by the game’s anti-cheat measures and had their accounts wrongfully suspended. These accounts have since been unbanned and an apology was issued on Steam. They’re also giving players who were wrongfully caught up in the incident 1,000 e-points, which should be issued within 24 hours.
Shortly after their apology, the development team announced that a new game mode would be releasing on December 22nd called From Dusk Till Dawn. This mode has a twist. Instead of an ever-shrinking zone that you would normally see in Battle Royale games, you’ll have to manage your body temperature as night brings a massive drop in the temperature. Also, unlike other Battle Royale games, the winner isn’t the last man standing and is instead anyone who manages to survive until morning, the end of the round. This game mode is considered to be in testing at the moment and as such will only be available three times a day. These three times taking into account time zones and player locations. The times each day are as follows:
Housemarque is now looking for beta testers for its upcoming Battle Royale game Stormdivers. This game was announced back in late April, and since then we haven’t really heard anything from the developers about the title with the exception of some dev diaries on Youtube. While signups for the beta are available on the official site there is no word yet when the beta will begin. Though it has been said that the beta will take place on Steam. It is certainly shaping up to be a gorgeous looking game. If you want the chance to take part in beta testing when it starts head over to the Housemarque website with your Steam info.
In what appears to be the first in a series of videos, judging by the number next to its title, a new Stormdivers dev diary video has been posted online with a peek behind the scenes of the studio’s thought processes about the game and what its looking to bring to battle royale.
The video in question features head of self-publishing Mikael Haveri, who talks about what it ws that drew the studio to create Stormdivers. “We were looking at games like Dark Souls; how these games redefine genres and make it very clear from the beginning that the only way to be successful is to own your skills,” said Haveri. This mindset, of course, blends well with the battle royale genre.
The video admits that the team took in several pieces of inspiration from games releasing during the time of Stormdivers’ initial development, which ultimately formed a “Housemarque monster” that was fine-tuned over the past two years. That said, Haveri also does admit that Stormdivers is not quite ready for broader public release but will be soon.
Haveri closes with the promise that Stormdivers will be “ruthless and skill-based” and feature dynamic weather events that will fundamentally change the way fights play out. He also promised that Housemarque has “alot of arcade tricks in our bag” – a callback to the studio’s arcade-centric stable of titles.
You can get the full video in the embed below.
Jump-cut editing notwithstanding, this does seem like a generally earnest look into how Stormdivers came to be. We are interested in seeing more meat form on these bones, however, as we’re still not sure what truly makes this one rise up above the battle royale din.
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 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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It would appear that the formula to making a battle royale shooter is to combine battle royale gameplay with X, where X is any interesting video gaming trope. Of course, the Stormdivers reveal from developer Housemarque is a little more in-depth than that, but calling the upcoming shooter a cross of battle royale and sci-fi powers isn’t too far off the mark.
Stormdivers takes place in a near-future dystopia where the titular operatives are picking through an abandoned island, trying to avoid the threat of an ever-present nano storm as well as other competing Stormdivers. Gameplay will take place primarily in third-person view in teams or solo and promises “chaotic battles and volatile explosions” that seek to bring the dev studio’s arcade-style expertise to bear.
In spite of what we all might be thinking regarding Stormdivers, Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen asks that players not paint Stormdivers with too broad of a brush:
“Stormdivers is more than just another battle royale game. We began its development when battle royale was still a niche gameplay mode, yet despite the number of BR games on the market now, Stormdivers will excite players with its fast-paced gameplay, metagame, classes and various events. We plan to roll out new content regularly in the future to continuously expand the experience.”
Part of those regular content rollout plans include PvE co-op missions, new areas and new classes among other updates.
Stormdivers is taking registrations for its beta at its website. You can see if anything the game has to offer intrigues you via the embedded gameplay trailer below just in case you haven’t seen it already.
We’re not terribly convinced there’s enough dynamic elements here to make Stormdivers really stand out. It looks like just another Unreal Engine-built BR game with a few flashy power effects that will eventually blend into the furniture. That all said, we’re truly hoping to be proven wrong here and will keep an open mind to see if this one will really bring anything special to battle royale.
Thanks to the likes of E3 and PAX East we’ve already seen some amazing game trailers in 2018. But now it is time for Gamescom to show us what they’ve got. We’re only a few minutes into the convention and already we’re getting trailers for old favorites and new games alike. Check out all the online game trailers of Gamescom 2018 below.
A new Battle Royale game announced by Housemarque Games. It currently has no release date or beta start date, but you can register for the beta on the official site. If you’re looking for more Battle Royale news from Gamescom check out our article based on that very idea, the Battle Royale Games of Gamescom 2018.
World War 3
A multiplayer military FPS set in a modern global conflict named quite appropriately World War 3. This game is currently available on Steam Early Access. Check out the gameplay trailer below.
The Gamescom trailer for Battlefield V was released a few days early with a gritty version of a classic song and possibly the first glimpse of the Battle Royale mode? We shall have to wait and see if that’s the case. Battlefield V will be entering beta at the beginning of September and it will include the Devastation of Rotterdam map.
World of Tanks AR Spectate
A brand new experimental AR technology is bringing World of Tanks out of the screen and into the world at Gamescom 2018. It looks like in the future you’ll be able to play World of Tanks on your table. At least it’s a cheaper habit than Warhammer.
Be sure to check back all week as Gamescom continues, we’ll be adding more videos as they’re released. Is there a game you’re looking forward to playing? Let us know in the comments!
2018 is the year of the Battle Royale and that means we can look forward to hearing about a lot of them during Gamescom, the biggest video games convention in the world. Gamescom is running this week and we’ll be updating this page with the latest from all the Battle Royale titles that have already been announced as well as any that get announced here at the event. Without further delay lets jump into the battle royale games of Gamescom 2018.
The team working on Battlefield V got their Gamescom trailer out early this year and from the looks of it the trailer not only showed us the Devastation of Rotterdam but it also gave us our first look at the Battle Royale mode. This comes at the end of the trailer when the House of the Rising Sun has ended. The entire tone of the trailer changes and the massive walls of fire closing in on a single point feel very Battle Royale. Check out the trailer for yourself below.
Housemarque Games, the makers of Nex Machina, Zombie Nation, Alienation, and Resogun have announced they’ve got a Battle Royale game called Stormdivers. There is no release date for the game yet but you can sign up for the beta on the official site. You can also check out the first reveal trailer for the game below.
That’s all the Battle Royale games of Gamescom 2018 so far! Want to see more? If you somehow missed it you can also check out the Battle Royale games of E3 2018 and Battle Royale Weekly, the weekly column that gives all the latest news from the Battle Royale genre.