Battlerite Royale has been announced for PC and Xbox One, with the brand new battle royale mode set to be added to the popular team arena brawler. The new mode will see Stunlock Studios become the latest developer to try their hand at the genre, which has been popularized by the likes of Fortnite and PUBG.
Battlerite Royale was announced on Twitter, with Stunlock telling its followers that they were about to “go beyond the Arena.” The announcement depicted one of the game’s characters plummeting from the sky in familiar fashion, similar to how players begin a round of battle royale in the likes of Fortnite.
This summer, go beyond the Arena.
Announcing Battlerite Royale pic.twitter.com/vddW12Yb9N
— Battlerite (@Battlerite) May 3, 2018
As is the case with any studio announcing a battle royale game, Stunlock has received some criticism for its reveal of Battlerite Royale. While it’s not exactly unusual for developers to borrow ideas from each other, with battle royale being seen as the go-to method for game companies to make a quick buck, there is always going to be backlash against new BR games.
“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 is a popular game in its own right, and Stunlock will be hoping that Battlerite Royale will do for the game what Fortnite Battle Royale did for Fortnite. With the arena-based multiplayer game currently being available on PC and Xbox One, it will at least offer another console battle royale game to players.
Stunlock hasn’t revealed when Battlerite Royale will be released, though its summer release window means that it will likely launch sooner rather than later. Battlerite is a free-to-play game, so it’s likely that Battlerite Royale will also adopt be released free of charge.