Trace the history of the battle royale genre from inception to now

It all started with a new mode for DayZ. No, it all started with Minecraft. Wait, maybe it started with deathmatch games. There’s a lot of things you can trace as the origin point for the current battle royale trend in games, but a new video from Gamespot attempts to cut past speculation and hazy half-memories to provide a history of the genre in gaming from its first origin points to the modern war over players. And if you thought this was a video that would omit mentioning the obvious pop culture inspirations like the eponymous novel and movie Battle Royale… well, prepare to be disappointed.

The video traces the line through Minecraft game modes through DayZ, the initial launch of H1Z1, and through the various mods and alterations that brought us to games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Check out the full video below if you’re interested at a relatively brief overview of the genre’s history, although be aware that this is “brief” in the sense that it’s only 20 minutes long. There’s a lot of history to cover.

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James Hicks

Doom (1993) had a four player network deathmatch multiplayer mode…

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ogged451

I vaguely recall “last man standing” game modes in various Quake and Half-Life mods. That was probably even before 2000 and I’m sure even they borrowed the idea from somewhere.

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Tizmah

It started on the playground when I wanted to be on top of the jungle gym.

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Bryan Correll

I was going to say it started with playground dodgeball.

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Nick Smith

“Hey kid.. you know this is MY jungle gym right?”

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2Ton Gamer

Ark Survival Evolved also played a part with this back when they had their Battle Royale tournaments. They might still do this but I haven’t seen it.

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agemyth 😩

All the people that ask “Didn’t PUBG copy H1Z1?” in threads under stories of legal battles between PUBG Corp vs all the copycats should at least skim that video or read a summary to see the correct lineage. While not as egregious, saying PUBG is a clone comes off to me like the sincere statements that WoW was the first MMO (not the trolls that say it just to stir things up in global chat).

Brendan Greene, aka Player Unknown, legitimately deserves full credit for this trend. He may have been inspired by the Battle Royale movie, but turning something like that into a video game people want to play is work he has refined for many years now.

As far as the legal battles go, does this mean PUBG Corp. has any grounds to sue copycats? I don’t know or care. I am not a lawyer nor am I familiar with Korean IP/copyright law. I doubt Greene as a game designer has any say over what his employer does with their lawyers. If copyright over there is like I hear it is here, they may feel like they have to sue people just to establish precedent that they may own some of the ideas/designs in question.

Lastly, mad props to John Smedley for being the one who saw the business potential in a commercial Battle Royale style game, and for hiring the key mod maker behind the idea.

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prutym

Joint Operations : Advance and Secure / Team King Of The Hill.
Great game btw.

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Siphaed

Traced…..to a film of the name back in 2000 from Japan. And the stars are about the right age of most of these battle royale players anyways.

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PurpleCopper

A shame he didn’t cover Path of Exile’s battle royale mode. I mean how many non-shooter battle royale games are there?

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Minimalistway

Minecraft is impressive, blocky boxy “bad” graphics and that didn’t stop millions of people from playing it everyday, with mods players can change the mechanics, Minecraft is a game to make games, that alone will keep it popular for many coming years.