Ambitious 1000-player battle royale title, Mavericks: Proving Grounds, has had its ‘The Forge’ launch delayed, developer Automaton Games has announced. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t even aware Mavericks: Proving Grounds was even due to launch in the next few years, let alone in the next few weeks, but hey ho.
Automaton Games has now shifted Mavericks: The Forge to a November 29th launch. The Forge is basically an Early Access version of Mavericks: Proving Grounds, complete with support for up to 400 players. It was originally due to launch on September 20th.
“We designed Mavericks to be groundbreaking by nature, and we’ve come to the realisation over the past few weeks that we needed more advanced tools to handle the level of analytics we are going to be dealing with, and that traditional solutions currently do not meet our requirements,” wrote Automaton Games in a statement. “We’re taking steps to fix that, meaning we will have a more powerful and granular toolset at our disposal which we will integrate with The Forge’s launch. However, this has also required us to make additional adjustments to gameplay that ensure both a smoother online experience for players and allow us to collect the important data we need.”
Mavericks: The Forge will be a smaller version of the eventual 1000-player online deathmatch, with Automaton scaling up the player count as development progresses. It’ll be CryEngine-powered so Mavericks could be quite the looker. However, its ambitious is practically unmatched, and carries with it one glaring issue - 400-player matches will require a very sizeable install base in order to keep the game afloat, and 1,000 players is an even taller order.