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16 Promising New Battle Royale Games Coming Out in 2018


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Almost every Battle Royale game currently in development and where you can play them.

Battle Royale became a huge hit with the launch of PUBG and Fortnite last year – so huge, that several studios started working on battle royale modes and spin-offs for their existing games (the genesis of Fortnite Battle Royale, in fact) or brand new games with battle royale in mind. It’s a phenomenon that’s spanned fanmade mods, indie games, mobile, and even has its hooks in big AAA franchises like the next Call of Duty and Battlefield installments.

It’s hard to say when the hype will fade, or if battle royale will eventually become a standard like deathmatch once everything settles. Whatever the case, there are a lot of upcoming battle royale games in development right now, and a good chunk of them are in Early Access – so you can check them out as soon as you’re done reading this list!

Whether you’re a battle royale fan or getting fatigued by the genre and looking for a new twist on the formula, here are 16 upcoming battle royale games you should keep an eye on in 2018.

Europa (PC)

  • Developer: TENCENT
  • Release date: TBA
  • Link: Steam

Tencent, the internet service/tech giant with one of the largest video game divisions in the world, recently made headlines in Western markets for publishing PUBG Mobile. Now they seem to be working on their own PUBG competitor, a third-person shooter called Europa.

Based on a trailer on its Steam page, Europa’s most distinct feature is environmental destruction. Players are shown crumbling cement blockades under a flurry of bullets, bursting through brick walls in a humvee, blowing out lights, and even shooting loose a bundle of steel pipes to rain down on another player. Since none of Europa’s promotional material is in English (including its Steam page), the only evidence that Europa is a battle royale game is the player counter in the top-left corner, which you can see ticking down with each kill racked up by the player.

We’re not sure if Tencent will debut Europa to audiences outside of China, but we’ll be tracking it anyway.

Egress (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

  • Developer: Fazan
  • Release date: 2018
  • Link: Steam

Egress stands out from the battle royale crowd by focusing on “Souls-like” melee combat in a sci-fi-tinged Victorian era city. Unique abilities and different character strengths and weaknesses will bring an RPG twist to the genre. Based on screenshots and a short teaser, Egress is definitely one of the most unique looking battle royale games in this upcoming wave.

Maelstrom (PC)

  • Developer: Gunpowder Games, LLC
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

Our recent let’s play of Maelstrom called it “the weirdest battle royale game we’ve ever played.” It’s a fantasy naval warfare game set on the open sea.

While it’s essentially a last “ship” standing-style game, some cool twists on the battle royale formula really set this one apart from the rest. There’s out-of-match progression for players who like to grind, there’s a really satisfying looting system, there are giant sea creatures to flee from and NPC ships to sink… plus it just looks fantastic. There aren’t many popular battle royale games out now that stray from the look of PUBG and Fortnite – you either get the gritty, if not bland realism of a military sim or something more stylized and cartoonish. It’s nice to see Maelstrom embracing something new.

Radical Heights (PC)

  • Developer: Boss Key Productions
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

LawBreakers developer Boss Key announced its ‘80s game show-themed battle royale shooter Radical Heights just a day before launching it into Early Access. Unlike its grittier military-style predecessors, Radical Heights is a bright, colorful, and humorous take on the genre. It’s been met with a relatively mixed reception so far.

The good news is it’s free-to-play, so you can see for yourself on Steam.

Darwin Project (PC, Xbox One)

  • Developer: Scavengers Studio
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

Darwin Project was originally revealed at PAX East, but it had its big debut during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference. The post-apocalyptic battle royale stands out for its snowy, reality TV show setting and incorporation of an all-seeing game director, who can intervene in the match with a variety of harmful and sometimes helpful actions. Built-in spectator tools compatible with Twitch and Mixer will give viewers the chance to engage as if it were a real, live reality show.

You can buy and play Darwin Project, which is still in Early Access, on Steam now.

Islands of Nyne (PC, Console TBA)

  • Developer: Define Human Studios
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access – alpha keys limited)
  • Link: Official Website

Islands of Nyne is a hardcore sci-fi-inspired battle royale game that can only be played in first-person. It looks a little bit like Crysis, down to the characters’ tacticool muscle-molded armor reminiscent of the CryNet Nanosuit and the green island setting. There are solo, duo, and five-player squad battle royale modes, a “gun-game” mode you can play as practice while queuing up, and an offline shooting range for learning the ins and outs of each firearm.

You have to pre-order Islands of Nyne to get one of its limited alpha keys, which are currently sold out. If you enter your email in on its website, it’ll alert you next time pre-orders are back in stock.

Crazy Justice (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)

  • Developer: Black Riddles Studios
  • Release date: TBA
  • Link: Fig.co

Crazy Justice seems to lean more Fortnite than PUBG. It’s a colorful, cartoonish, cel-shaded steampunk-inspired third-person shooter with crafting and construction systems that let you build up barricades, deploy turrets, and more.

A few things set Crazy Justice apart from current upcoming battle royale games. There’s a skill system that lets you customize your passive and active abilities like a deck of cards. It might also be one of the first battle royale games to launch on the Nintendo Switch. With other cool features promised, like cross-network play and a story mode, Crazy Justice could be one to keep an eye on.

SOS (PC)

  • Developer: Outpost Games, Inc.
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

SOS is an interesting one. It’s a 16-player reality TV-style action game inspired by game shows like Survivor, but unlike other battle royale-adjacent games modeled after game shows (Darwin Project, Radical Heights), SOS has a huge social element. That ties into the way you interact with other players over an open mic and how spectators watching your stream weigh in on the course of the game, including voting on airdrops and other elements that can influence your experience. It has a lot of mixed reviews on Steam, with most of the criticism aimed at its exhausting performative element and the toxicity of its community. If you can tolerate both those things, there may be something here for you.

You can play SOS in Early Access on Steam now.

Stand Out: VR Battle Royale (PC)

  • Developer: raptor lab
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

Stand Out: VR Battle Royale aims to be “the most complete Battle Royale experience in VR,” according to its Steam page. As the name suggests, it’s a battle royale game played in VR. Similar to other first-person VR shooters on the market right now, like Onward, Stand Out has players manually holding out and aiming firearms using motion controls. A recent update allows players to play Stand Out while sitting down, which should make it more convenient and accessible for VR players who aren’t able to stand while gaming.

You can play in Early Access on Steam  now using the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Windows Mixed Reality.

Dying Light: Bad Blood (PC)

Dying Light: Bad Blood is not truly a battle royale game, but it shares some key qualities that may make for a similar experience: players have just one life and must fight to survive against a handful of others as they attempt to collect, steal, and deliver blood samples to the extraction zone. Tactical alliances against Bad Blood’s PvE elements can be formed for the potential benefit of both players, which is a major break from the model games like PUBG follow. Unlike PUBG, this parkour-heavy PvP mode is also a lot smaller, hosting up to six players at a time for a smaller-scale experience.

Bad Blood’s global playtest starts soon, but there are limited spots – you can sign up on its official website.

Mavericks: Proving Ground (PC)

Mavericks: Proving Ground is one of the most ambitious battle royale projects yet. Previously known as Project X, Mavericks promises a 400-player battle royale mode in a huge, dynamic 12km x 12km world. The battle royale portion, called the Proving Grounds, will launch in closed beta in mid-2018. But Mavericks has, more largely, been pitched as an open-world shooter bursting with technical and environmental detail, including wildlife and dynamic elements. Its world and all the little, persistent details promised, will be powered by Improbable’s SpatialOS cloud technology.

You can sign up for beta access on its official website.

Paladins: Realm Royale (PC, Console TBA)

Paladins: Realm Royale was first announced in January under the name Paladins: Battlegrounds before Hi-Rez decided to split it into a standalone project with a brand new name. A battle royale spin-off of a hero shooter, Paladins: Realm Royale features a crafting system that lets players break down looted weapons with the opportunity to create better, legendary weapons at forges. That could potentially make these designated crafting zones hot spots for PvP, as players camp or guard the forges to loot high-level gear from opponents.

Proxima Royale (PC)

  • Developer: Vulkan Society
  • Release date: Q2 2018 (Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

Proxima Royale is a first-person sci-fi battle royale set on a 5×5 km map with up to 60 players per round. The self-described “last robot standing” game is set on an alien planet called “Proxima Centauri b,” which appears to be very similar to Earth.

There have been a few waves of closed alpha tests leading up to Proxima Royale’s upcoming launch on Steam Early Access. Learn more on its Steam page.

Mini Battlegrounds (PC)

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  • Developer: IOA Games
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

Mini Battlegrounds puts a cartoonish, casual spin on battle royale. Played from a top-down, isometric perspective with blocky characters, it’s meant to be easy to pick up for newcomers, with a high skill ceiling for those who want to play seriously. A smaller community means queue times might be long, but if you’re looking for a more approachable, arcade-like battle royale, Mini Battlegrounds is a quick and affordable option.

You can play Mini Battlegrounds in Early Access on Steam now.

Survival Games (PC)

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  • Developer: 2.0 Studios
  • Release date: TBA (Now in Early Access)
  • Link: Steam

Survival Games looks like Minecraft or Unturned gone battle royale. Both of those games have their own decently active battle royale mods and communities, but Survival Games is built for it from the ground up. It supports 64-player matches in a handful of game modes, including the PvE Zombie Survival and PvP Arena Shooter. There’s also a map editor. Reviews are currently mixed on Steam, but it’s one of the few battle royale games on Steam aimed at a more casual playerbase.

You can play Survival Games in Early Access on Steam now.

Fortnite Battle Royale (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS)

  • Developer: Epic Games
  • Release date: TBA (Early Access – September 2017)
  • Link: Official Website

Fortnite Battle Royale is still Early Access, so it’s still technically an upcoming game, though one that needs no introduction. The free-to-play Fortnite spin-off has stood head to head with PUBG as its sole competitor since launch. Within its first two weeks, it had raked in over 10 million players, and by March 2018, it’s estimated to have surpassed 45 million. It’s the most-watched game on Twitch, it’s attracted a number of celebrities to stream it, and its free mobile port reportedly made $1 million dollars in revenue from microtransactions in just three days. Fortnite is a phenomenon that can’t be exaggerated, and it’s still in Early Access.

You can download and play Fortnite Battle Royale for free on its official website.

Chloi Rad is an Editor at IGN. Follow her on Twitter at @_chloi.





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