Battle Royale Games are taking the world by storm. A study conducted by NewZoo in 2019, shows that in the US, there are 41% active battle royale players, and among them 24% play only one battle royale franchise whereas the remaining 17% play more than one BR game.
The term Battle Royale was first traced back to a book written by ‘Koushun Takami’ named “Battle Royale” in 1999 which was later adapted into a film in 2000. This book defined battle royale as a killing game where a selected group of people are asked to fight and kill each other until the last surviving person.
Now, you might be wondering ‘What exactly is a battle royale game?’ We have explained it below.
Battle Royale Game is a video game genre where the player’s goal is to be the last player standing or the last team standing. In battle royale games, the player gets dropped in a strategic virtual location with other players, typically 100 or more. The player needs to fight and kill each other and survive till the end of the game. It also includes scavenging for weapons, and supplies, looting, and camouflaging in order to survive.
Next, let us see some of the popular Battle Royale Games.
Player’s Unknown BattleGrounds, known to many as PUBG was developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. It is an online multiplayer battle royale game that took the video gaming world by storm. In this game, 100 players will be dropped in a strategic location, and the player needs to survive throughout the gameplay by eliminating others and becoming the last one standing or the last team standing.
The game has the best graphics, realism, and exciting customization options. There are quite a few reasons for the game to become immensely popular which are its cross-platform compatibility, its continuous updates and patches, and the vast and engaging player community. Not only that, the game is very well received by content creators and streamers who constantly play PUBG on online platforms like Twitch and YouTube attracting many online gamers.
Fortnite is a largely successful open-world battle royale game developed and published by Epic Games. It was released in 2017 and even after years, it is one of the games generating the highest revenue. With its colorful game environment, innovative art style, free-to-play model, and exciting features, the game has managed to capture a worldwide audience. Constant updates, patches, innovative gameplay, and quick adaptation to the ever changing gaming environment are some of the other reasons for the game’s immense popularity.
Fortnite game conducts some of the exciting campaigns from time to time like virtual in-game concerts and events featuring popular celebrities, garnering attention from gamers as well as non-gamers all over the world. They have hosted some of the popular celebrities like Travis Scott, Ariana Grande, and Marshmallow. Furthermore, not only for PCs and consoles, Fortnite is also available for Android and iOS devices.
Call of Duty Mobile is a free-to-play multiplayer shooter game developed in 2019 by TiMi Studio Group, a subsidiary of Tencent Games, and published by Activision. The game took the franchise’s previous versions and combined them to provide a familiar console gaming experience to the mobile players. They have a multiplayer mode, battle royale mode, and a zombie mode. In battle royale mode, there will be 100 players and the player can choose to play solo, in or two-man squad, or in a four-man squad.
The game also featured limited-time events and seasonal contests that added to an exciting player experience. They also have two in-game currencies and a battle-pass. Despite that, a player can complete the game without spending any money. But they might miss out on some of the awesome customization and skins. Apart from that, the game received more positive reviews among the players and has also received a Metascore of 81 out of 100 from Metacritic.
Apex Legends was a top free-to-play battle royale game that was developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts in 2019. The game developers planned a surprise launch (the game was announced and released on the same day), creating so much excitement and curiosity among the players. In addition to that, the game was set in the Titanfall Universe, which doubled the player excitement of the fans.
The game introduced a distinct team of ‘Legends’ who come with some extraordinary abilities of their own. Also, the Ping system introduced by the game which enabled the players to communicate effectively by pinging map locations, enemies, items, and even player actions contributed to the player engagement in the game. The ping system became so popular, that it was even copied and used in other games.
Apart from that, limited time events, rare heirlooms, seasonal themes, and collaborations with other games featuring characters from ‘Mass Effect’, and ‘Maggie’ are some of the exciting features of the game that make the game all the more worth it to play.
The fast-paced action-packed game developed by Garena set a world record in mobile battle royale games in 2021 with 150 million daily active users. Garena Free Fire conducts 50-player matches where 50 players will be dropped on an island and they are involved in heavy action battles to survive as the last standing man. The game also includes powerful weapons, vehicles of combat advantage, and exciting customization options.
The game colludes with other popular game franchises and celebrities conducting virtual events and concerts. They have featured ‘One Punch Man’, and ‘Money Heist’ characters garnering huge positive feedback from the players. Anti-hacking mechanisms are one of the best features of Free Fire Game, which facilitates fair gameplay without any cheating activities. Additionally, pets, ranked mode, free-to-play, voice chat, and squad play are some of the most exciting features of the game.
Unlike other battle royale games Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout do not involve combat and shooting. It is quite different where they use obstacles, and races to advance to the next level. The matches are set as successive rounds which creates a quite a tension among the players as players get narrowed down with elimination in the progressive rounds. In this game, a cute jelly-bean like figurine with small hands and legs running around, climbing and jumping to win the match is very adorable to witness.
When we mentioned earlier, it is unlike any battle royale game, we really meant it. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout game has bright and vibrant art work, playful party atmosphere, neither violence nor weapons, and includes easy and accessible levels. Certain gameplay moments will be totally chaotic and hilarious offering a light-hearted gaming experience for the players. The game is suitable for people of all ages and any skill levels.
Battle Royale Games are multiplayer games where nearly 100 players are dropped on a strategic map and are left to fight with each other until the last surviving person, who emerges as the sole winner of the game. The recent years have seen more traction in video game players towards battle royale games.
Many game development companies are now focusing on battle royale game development and are making exciting battle royale games. You can expect to see more and more battle royale games getting released in the future.
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