As I’m sure most gamers are aware, “Battle Royale” games are currently very high in popularity at the moment. Games like Fortnite, PUBG, H1Z1 King Of The Kill, ARK: Survival of the Fittest, and some up-and-coming games like Radical Heights (which is currently in early access on Steam only) have been drawing high numbers of both players and viewers, and while the various BR games/modes have a variety of styles and levels of quality, it appears we’re looking at the start of a brand new “major genre” of game, as opposed to the passing fad BR games were originally viewed as. In case you aren’t familiar with the Battle Royale style, 100 players are dropped into a very large map and must scavenge weapons, ammunition, armor, and health items to survive. Players are eliminated if they are killed, and the last person (or team) standing wins! All BR games have some variation of a “safe zone” mechanic, which gradually forces players closer together while fleeing from a constricting zone of death, ensuring that the final battles of a match are likely to be chaotic and close quarters.
Personally, I’ve been bitten pretty hard by the Battle Royale bug, and have been playing an absolutely massive amount of Fortnite BR. At the time of this post, I’ve scored 52 solo wins, and a mix of around 20 wins between 4-person-Squads and Duos. I really enjoy how well the game runs, the mildly cartoony art style, and the blistering frequency (near weekly) of updates, patches, new game modes, and additional weapons or items being added to the game! I believe that they are following the perfect model for a free to play game as well, given that all aspects of gameplay (even the special limited time modes) are available to every single player, and the purchases you can make are cosmetic only, offering zero advantage (other than ease of visibility, I suppose; but the map is so varied you’ll never find a color which blends into everything).
I’m a fan of PUBG as well, but it doesn’t run very well on my 6-years-old desktop, or my Xbox One S (though I hear it runs much smoother and crisper on a XOne X, which i’m planning to get over the summer)and so it’s much rarer for me to jump on there, although I did manage to finally get my very first solo win back in December, which felt pretty awesome! I believe they’re coming out with their third map soon, and I know they’ve added a bunch of guns and equipment items since the last time I played, too.
I thought it would be fun to discuss BR games with others in our community who may (or may not) already play them, share news about victories, game updates, etc.
Do you play any BR games yourself, have any stories to share, or are looking to team up with people you may know from the KI community? Post away!