Today Stunlock studios revealed that their popular MOBA game Battlerite, is adding a “new action MOBA Battle Royale mode” sometime this summer. While the “fad” genre (if you want to call them that) has shifted from MOBAs to Battle Royales over the last year, this is the first time I can recall someone attempting to mix elements of both genres together.
The way that Stunlock is describing this mode sounds ambitious and… complicated. It’s going to feature the “excitement of a Diablo-esque exploration experience combined with the character variation of a MOBA and the thrill of a survival game.” That’s a lot going on right there. As of right now, it’s just an announcement with no trailer or anything to accompany it and to give us a sense of how it actually works and looks.
With the popularity of Battle Royale titles continuing to grow thanks to Fortnite and PUBG, it wouldn’t be shocking to see more big name games and/or developers with new projects throw their hat into the ring. We’ve seen this before with the MOBA genre, and hopefully for late to the party developers and publishers, history won’t repeat itself.
Check out the full description for Battlerite’s new Battle Royale mode below.
Skövde, Sweden – May 3, 2018 – In search for a MOBA-like Battle Royale game? Well, look no further, as Stunlock Studios today revealed the first details of Battlerite Royale, a combination of an Action MOBA/Arena Brawler and the Battle Royale survival gameplay. Featuring spectacular fantasy landscapes on a map 30 times larger than the standard arena mode map, Battlerite Royale throws 20 players into a cutthroat island deathmatch, played “Free For All” or as a duo.
“With a top-down Battle Royale mode we’ve set out to bring the ultimate survival experience to Action RPG and MOBA players.” said Johan Ilves, Marketing Director at Stunlock Studios. “We want to give players the excitement of a Diablo-esque exploration experience combined with the character variation of a MOBA and the thrill of a survival game. That said, I think anyone who’s looking for a fresh and different take on the Battle Royale genre will have a blast.”
Battlerite Royale is played in a top-down perspective using WASD controls and victory depends on factors such as players’ skill, map awareness, situational builds, and a sliver of luck. During fast-paced 10-minute matches players explore the map in order to find a variety of items, fight other players to grab their loot, and, ultimately, be the last one standing on the island. There are 27 unique Champions to choose from that offer a robust mix of roles: ranged, melee, and support. Every champion plays differently and mastering their abilities is the key to survive on the island, which makes Battlerite Royale stand out from similar titles.