PRE­DICT­ING THE NEXT, GREAT, BAT­TLE ROYALE GAME

All aboard the bat­tle royale hype train.

HWM (Singapore) - - FEATURE - By James Lu

If the gam­ing in­dus­try loves any­thing, it’s a trend to jump on: sea­son passes, mi­cro­trans­ac­tions, pre-or­der bonuses, loot boxes - your fa­vorite de­vel­op­ers have tried them all. This year’s E3 was packed with the in­dus­try’s lat­est ob­ses­sion: the bat­tle royale mode.

If you’ve been liv­ing un­der a rock for the past year, the mode has its roots in player mods for ARMA 2 and Minecraft, but re­ally took off as its own genre when Play­erUn­known’s Bat­tle­grounds be­came a sur­prise hit last year, pit­ting 100 play­ers against each other in an open world arena last-man-stand­ing ght to the death. Since then, ev­ery game from Dota 2 to GTA On­line has made their own ver­sion of the mode, and you’ll soon nd it in the lat­est an­nual block­busters in­clud­ing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Bat­tle eld V.

There’s no bet­ter ex­am­ple of the pop­u­lar­ity of the genre than Epic’s Fort­nite, which didn’t even be­gin life as a bat­tle royale game, but some­how man­aged to pivot away from be­ing an un­der­whelm­ing mashup of Minecraft and Left 4 Dead and turn it­self into the big­gest game of 2018, with a 125 mil­lion player base that in­cludes celebrity fans Drake, Travis Scott, and Joe Jonas.

So what’s the next big game to be­come a bat­tle royale hit? We have some ideas.

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