F2P Paladins is a Getting a New 100-Player PUBG-Inspired 'Battlegrounds' Mode

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Jan 4, 2018 4:58 PM
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If you thought Fortnite: Battle Royale was an audacious rip-off of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds then get a load of Paladins latest addition. Developer Hi-Rez has announced its upcoming PUBG-inspired 100-player free-for-all game mode dubbed ‘Battlegrounds’. Wowzers.

Paladins: Battlegrounds drops 100 players onto a massive island map in a battle to the death. Each match lasts 20 minutes and features teams of players battling for domination. There’s loot to grab, outposts to capture, and an ever-encroaching fog that funnels the remaining players together. It all probably sounds very familiar to the 30 million PUBG players out there.

"Designed from the ground-up to be played in teams, players must work together to survive in Paladins: Battlegrounds," says Hi-Rez. "Supports struggle to keep their Front Liners alive, while Damage Champions let the bullets fly and Flanks look for any possible assassination."

The unique twist that Paladins: Battlegrounds brings to the table is its claim to be the “first ever hero shooter battle royale.” And, technically, they’d be right. The base game is already riffing heavily on Overwatch and Paladins: Battlegrounds is simply transporting that into the battle royale format. Each character will have unique abilities can that swing the tide of battle in their favour, whether that’s damaging attacks or buffs for teammates.

Hi-Rez has said Paladins: Battlegrounds will be launching on PC later this year, and it’ll be free-to-play.

There aren’t even that many battle royale games out there yet but I suspect fatigue is already beginning to set in, such is PUBG’s all-consuming success. While Fortnite has demonstrated there’s ample room for more in the genre, they can’t all be knockout successes.

Excited for another for another stab at battle royale? Or is this one copycat too far? Let us know!

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09:17 Jan-06-2018

You know now that I think about it, sure, fill the market with battle royals, spread the player base so thin with so many games, that it becomes no longer profitable and let it die in the fire it deserves to die.

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14:12 Jan-05-2018

I wouldn't be surprised if the big companies like Square or Capcom makes a 100 player battle royal game next.

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02:09 Jan-05-2018

Personally I'm getting tired of these developers making their own Battle Royale/"PUBG" modes. I don't even like PUBG. This whole craze with this genre is driving me nuts.

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00:06 Jan-05-2018

Oh, so that's why they added those really messed up pay to win microtransactions...

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22:25 Jan-04-2018

Now the minimum requirement to release a game:



  1. 59.99$ price tag

  2. 100-player PUBG mode
    Im still waiting for Need For Speed to do one aswell lol

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08:22 Jan-05-2018

They did back then with Need for Speed World which was pretty much a pay to win game still but wasn't that popular and surrounded by hackers.

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21:01 Jan-04-2018

Now I just need to wait for Overwatch Battleroyale and I'm sorted :D

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19:46 Jan-04-2018

Wouldn't Escape from Tarkov be a proper hardcore battle royal game? It has the graphics, it's first person only and it has a lot of gameplay mechanics and customization... I kind of want to play it, but the current game modes put me off.

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20:43 Jan-04-2018

Not really, the point in Escape from Tarkov is to flee the game area through some mystic door, the game is also pretty BAD to top that off. They also false advertise their prices by adding tax after choosing the game package and don't offer ANY refunds

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21:59 Jan-04-2018

I haven’t played the game, but I like the graphics and attention to detail. I was tempted to get it... Kind of shame then, to me it feels like it’s got potential...

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07:00 Jan-05-2018

Tarkov is awesome, it's certainly not for casuals but for those that want harcore realism it's in a class of it's own :)

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09:13 Jan-05-2018

I'll also say that it's the only game where I needed to google how to load a pistol (you need to put the bullets into the magazine that you then put into the gun:P) but I think it boils down to being far too gimmicky when in comparison the gameplay is lackluster. It also features minecraft-like night settings so anyone can toggle a bit more gamma to see clear as day, they should learn from Rust where they've mastered making nights fair for everyone.

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09:17 Jan-05-2018

The price marketing is disgusting, I purchased it while it was -25% and chose the 35€ base game pack but at total it still costed me 34€, now where in the world is that a minus 25%.. they added 6€ of tax and 2€ for transaction (what is this, G2A? lol). Bottom line is I think it's far better to buy stalker for 90 cents than this since they don't refund under any circumstances either

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09:43 Jan-05-2018

I disagree, that's not gimmicky thats just what it's like in real life.
I've been playing for months now and just love everything about it but then again I've got over 10 years in the military so I love this kind of stuff lol/
The game will never appeal to everyone due to the realism but for those that want that hardcore realistic experience this is the best there is.

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11:14 Jan-05-2018

Yeah, don't get me wrong I think the game offers some of the best customization/depth out there right now but it still needs quite a bit of work. It really puts me off when you get some night vision goggles and put your gear on the line to go into the night, in customs for example and then you just get gunned down by any fool with a gamma slider, that shouldn't exist in a game as brutal as this. I think the game desperately needs new game modes and more maps. The game updates also progress quite slowly

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11:20 Jan-05-2018

Again I disagree, content updates come every few months and offer a substantial increase in gear, weapons and more.
Performance is far better then it was when I first picked it up, this is Early Access done right with great communication with the dev team via social media.


As for more modes and maps, this is the Beta,you won't get the complete package till release and until then you'll only be testing a small portion of the game.

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11:52 Jan-05-2018

Well, looking at the patch notes it's easy to say there isn't anything to brag about either, past year especially. I'm happy that the optimization has been improved though

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18:44 Jan-04-2018

every battle royal game deserves to die in a fire, except for ARMA 3, as it was the least played mode in it and it didn't market itself on it and so, but it spawned it sadly.

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18:20 Jan-04-2018

Because of course it does. Can any game just be its self nowadays? I'm waiting for Warframe royale.

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18:35 Jan-04-2018

Roblox Battle Royale

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19:54 Jan-04-2018

thats almost certainly already a thing

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17:50 Jan-04-2018

what a surprise... whats next, Chess Master Royal Rumble?!

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17:50 Jan-04-2018

Imagine the snipers on this game. Imagine if they make FFA mode. It would be the largest FFA with 100 players game.;

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17:22 Jan-04-2018

My gut says Rockstar is gonna implement this(100 player mode) in gta online maybe after gta 6 or this year

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17:50 Jan-04-2018

After the initial interest & Success of PUBG, I'm surprised they did not do this first

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20:47 Jan-04-2018

They did it already with an adversary mode called motor wars, no close to 100 players tho but the idea is the same.

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17:01 Jan-04-2018

I left Paladins for Overwatch, i might start playing it again.

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