Masakari has several years of competitive experience with the Battle Royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and has, of course, looked at pretty much all the other Battle Royale games on the market.
In this post, Masakari and I answered the most common questions about Battle Royale games for you.
Note: This article was written in English. Translations into other languages may not provide the same linguistic quality. We apologize for grammatical and semantic errors.
What is a Battle Royale Game?
Typically, in a Battle Royale game (BR), up to several hundred players play against each other to determine the winner in the elimination process. In almost all current BR games, players choose a starting location and fight their way from there through several phases to victory. In each phase, the playing field shrinks to increase the pressure on the players.
Ultimately, the Highlander principle is applied here. Only one can win in the end, and everyone plays against everyone else. The reduction of the playing field ensures that players cannot hide in any corner.
Is Battle Royale a Genre?
According to Wikipedia, it is a video game genre. Strictly speaking, Battle Royale is a sub-genre of the shooter games genre, i.e., first-person shooter or third-person shooter. Many FPS games have Battle Royale integrated as an additional mode.
Also on Wikipedia, you can find a comprehensive list of the more popular Battle Royale games. Meanwhile, many games have a Battle Royale mode built-in. In this list are the games that have also built up a certain player base to fill the match queues appropriately. Nobody enjoys long waiting times.
How Does a Battle Royale Game Work?
In general, the game is divided into several phases. In the first phase, players land on the map, try to survive direct encounters, and collect equipment and weapons. In each subsequent phase, the playing field shrinks, and the players have to look for new positions. The final game is for the overall victory.
The big thrill, of course, is that the tension keeps building. There is hardly a better feeling than to achieve the sole victory at the end of 30 intense minutes. There are Battle Royale games such as Call of Duty Warzone or PUBG, where eliminated players can fight for the right to compete again in the main game up to a certain stage, away from the normal game.
Typically, Battle Royale games can be played alone or in teams of two to four people. But, of course, the more players there are in a team, the more tactically you have to play to have a chance of winning.
How Long Does a Battle Royale Game Last?
On average, a match lasts 30-45 minutes, as long as the player sticks until the very end. Many matches end very quickly for players who end up in hotspots and have to fight other players directly. Due to the random shifting of the game field boundaries, the maximum game duration differs from match to match.
If you are looking for trouble or just want to practice fighting, perform a hot-drop, i.e., land where many other players are likely to land. However, your game can be over after just one minute.
If you prefer to play for victory and are not an aggressive player, then land offside, collect equipment and weapons in peace, and try to enter the endgame carefully and skillfully. In the end, however, you usually can’t avoid a direct firefight.
Was Hunger Games Inspired by a Battle Royale Video Game?
The first Battle Royale video game came out shortly after Hunger Games in the form of a Minecraft mod or plug-in. So it was rather the other way around. Hunger Games inspired the video game industry.
What was the First Battle Royale Game on the Market?
In February 2018, H1Z1 (now renamed Z1 Battle Royale) was the first real battle royale game to hit the market. The first forerunners came out as early as 2012 in the form of mods for the games Minecraft and DayZ. With PlayerUnkown’s Battleground, the new sub-genre experienced its breakthrough worldwide at the end of 2018.
What is the Best Battle Royale on the Market?
In general, almost all games with Battle Royale mode are relatively similar. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has consistently set new standards in terms of loot, zone management, and maps and is considered the best Battle Royale in the FPS community.
Unfortunately, many decisions made by the PUBG Corp. have led to the technical implementation of the game idea becoming worse compared to the competition and the player base shrinking more and more. The netcode (desync), queue management, and the numerous bugs and cheaters are issues that continue to diminish the gaming experience.
However, the Battle Royale mode experience is still better than other titles in this sub-genre. Winning a chicken dinner still has the highest perceived value. In addition, the weapon mechanics, the realistic movement (let’s ignore jumping), and the possible uses for various pieces of equipment are still state of the art.
What is the Most Successful Battle Royale on the Market?
Without a doubt, Fortnite is the most successful Battle Royale game. Since its release in 2017, the game has topped the genre in terms of viewers on streaming platforms and generated the highest amounts of merchandising and esports prize money.
What Battle Royale Games Are Cross-Platform?
Generally, nowadays, no publisher can afford to offer only on one platform. Almost all Battle Royale games can be consumed on multiple platforms. Some BR games, for example, Apex Legends, can even be played on PC, console, and mobile devices.
Which Battle Royale Has The Biggest Map?
Currently, PUBG has the largest maps in a Battle Royale game. Erangel and Taego both measure 64 km². The map is divided into 8 x 8 fields, each 1000 by 1000 meters.
Here’s a geeky video if you want to know exactly how big the maps are in various Battle Royale games. Ever measured how long it takes you to crawl across a complete map? Have fun with it 😉
Are Battle Royale Games Dying?
Typically, new game modes are attractive only for a certain time. The gaming industry is constantly evolving, and gamers want variety. However, the Battle Royale subgenre is still coming up with new creative features. Battle royale games will be with us for a long time to come.
Final Thoughts on Battle Royale Games
Brandon Greene has started an avalanche in the gaming industry with his mods and PUBG. Finally, finally, the time was ready for this mode. The success of the Battle Royale concept in other media (books and movies like Hunger Games) laid the foundation for this success.
Anyone who has played a Battle Royale game knows how intense the battle for victory can get. Not only because you have to prevail against everyone else, but also because any mistake of your own is immediately punished.
The core concept of a Battle Royale can become as evergreen as playing cops and robbers in CSGO.
All the innovative features around it, like submarines in Ring of Elysium, emergency pickups in PUBG, or building protective walls in Fortnite, keep the subgenre’s appeal consistently high.
Based on the number of players and the new Battle Royale games released every year, we can assume that this sub-genre will continue to grow and still enjoy it as players.
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