Up For Debate - With the Battle Royale genre blowing up, what's the next big game type?

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Jul 11, 2020 5:00 PM
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With the recent announcement of Hyper Scape from Ubisoft, it’s quite clear that the Battle Royale genre has simply dominated the gaming market at the moment, arguably stemming all the way back to Fortnite’s major success, with titles like Apex Legends and even Call of Duty Warzone all vying for their own slice of the cake early on.

So once all this Battle Royale buzz blows over, what could the next big game type be? Will we see something completely new? Or something similar to what we’ve already seen? Will we see a new game mode that becomes all the rage and spawns countless clones each trying their best to hone the mechanics? 

I think one thing’s for sure: as long as loot boxes and microtransactions continue to make money, regardless of how different the next big game type will be it will still focus a lot on cosmetic items, battle passes, and of course be free-to-play.

But then what could that next big game type be? A new one that’s similar to but still relatively unique from the Battle Royale genre? Or will it just be a previously popular game type coming back into the limelight like MOBAs or arena shooters?

Maybe it will be something completely off the charts, like a unicorn-based puzzler that sees players firing squirrels at the moon, now that would be an interesting genre to say the least.

It’s always hard to predict the future, but how long do you reckon the Battle Royale genre will last? And what do you think the next big game type will be? Just like how the Battle Royale genre is right now? Let’s debate!

How long do you think until Battle Royale genre dies down?

Do you think a brand new genre will take it's place?

What genre type would you like to see become popular like Battle Royale?

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12:14 Jul-15-2020

the last poll kinda makes no sense... if the BR genre dies out (and i hope it does) question is what other shooter will take its place not what other genre,
Before BR it was Team Deathmatch and competitive like Search and Destroy and i hope the focus it goes back to that style again

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18:38 Jul-12-2020

I think the BR will die but i fear that either Strategy or old school RPG coming to popularity will flood the market with bad copies of a decent idea, making me want to hate that genre cause it'll become garbage.

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18:39 Jul-12-2020

It's already happening with many of the AAA games becoming the safe bet for the formula "third person, action, adventure, rpg elements and cinematografic", liked it at the beginning now it's just "another game, same kind".

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12:09 Jul-12-2020

I don't think we're anywhere near the limits of battle royale yet. ATM it's all intensely rule driven and players quickly establish the min/max path to success (with some random elements like loot, but even this has become secondary in games like warzone where you can just buy a load out in within minutes). The future is AI driven battle royale storytelling with procedurally generated elements and surprises which will keep each game unpredictable. More along the lines of the movie, basically, rather than all relying on a predictable circle of death. It would mean adaptation skills rather than knowledge would be key

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11:53 Jul-12-2020

I think the BR genre popularity will last 3 years tops, but that is only the peak. It will never completely fade.

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06:08 Jul-12-2020

I would mainly prefer if we had more singleplayer games that are offline with no microtransactions now that would be an awesome game guess I ll dream on.

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22:15 Jul-11-2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to be the next big imitated game, but I'm not sure what aspects yet.

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21:04 Jul-11-2020

Most likely whatever the streamers with the largest viewership/followers are paid to hype next. At least for multiplayer games anyway.


Personally I'd like the next big thing to simply be AAA single player games that contain a mixture of puzzles, action, & RPG elements in each game. Sort of Arkham meets Ico meets Witcher that are on the scale of Arkham Asylum.

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19:30 Jul-11-2020

Next Big Game Period - Cyberpunk 2077. All those punk battle royale games can only wish.

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22:15 Jul-11-2020

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18:04 Jul-11-2020

I believe we are already in phase of BR "dying down", though I doubt it will die. I think it will be like with MMORPGs where few established games will survive long term, but we are past of everyone having to make their own BR game. Though ti will probably take like 2 years for things to fall into place and stop dropping.

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18:08 Jul-11-2020

And as it usually is, there is always something new that takes the place of old big thing, mainstream hype has to go somewhere. We will just have to see what is next. Wouldn't mind RPGs getting bigger, I like RPGs. Though action adventure games are good too. Though one I kind of miss the most is RTS, I kind of miss times of Command & Conquer, Warcrraft, Total Annihilation,...

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19:00 Jul-11-2020

I think it is still very much on fire. I believe its like 70 million cod players

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17:14 Jul-11-2020

I'm hopping for full body VR locomotion games (tho that's unlikely in the near future).

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