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!