Hi-Rez launches standalone F2P game Realm Royale, a mix of ‘open-world PvP MMO and your favorite hero shooter’

    
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You can’t accuse Hi-Rez of not chasing trends: Not only is it introducing a battle royale mode to SMITE, but it’s actually just launched a standalone free-to-play battle royale game into Steam early access today. It’s called Realm Royale, and the company is calling it the “first 100-person fantasy Battle Royale” title. You might remember it from its previous incarnation as Paladins: Battlegrounds, a mode originally planned for the MOBA-shooter Paladins (and we liked it when we played it then too).

“Players begin each round of Realm Royale by selecting one of five traditional fantasy classes. Each class offers a unique playstyle; Mages can soar above the battlefield and rain down fireballs, while Engineers deploy turrets and shields in hero shooter-style combat. […] Each round unfolds in true battle royale style, with 100 players dropping from a zeppelin into a massive fantasy-inspired map full of goblin villages and mushroom forests. Players loot weapons and abilities from chests as the fog closes in, customizing their character and effectively creating their own personal champion. In another fantasy twist, players are able to summon a mount at any time to quickly cover open ground and get right into the action.”

Executive Producer Rory “Drybear” Newbrough characterizes the game as a “battle royale that feels like the perfect mixture of an open-world PvP MMO and your favorite hero shooter.” And bad news for my husband’s favorite way to play Fortnite: “You can’t win a round of Realm Royale by hiding in a bathtub.”

The game is free-to-play right now on Steam, and if you like it, you’d better hope everyone else does too. We all know what happens to Hi-Rez’s unloved games. Stay tuned, as we’ve already conscripted MOP’s MJ to stream the game tomorrow night!

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Realm Royale Entered Steam Early Access Today – The makers of Paladins put a fantasy spin on the battle royale,
offering classes, abilities, crafting, and mounts

June 5, 2018 – Choose your class and be the last champion standing in Realm Royale, the new battle royale game from Hi-Rez Studios which enters free-to-play Early Access on Steam today. Players begin each round of Realm Royale by selecting one of five traditional fantasy classes. Each class offers a unique playstyle; Mages can soar above the battlefield and rain down fireballs, while Engineers deploy turrets and shields in hero shooter-style combat.

“Realm Royale’s class-based, ability-driven combat brings a new experience to the battle royale genre,” said Rory “Drybear” Newbrough, Realm Royale Executive Producer. “It’s a battle royale that feels like the perfect mixture of an open-world PvP MMO and your favorite hero shooter.”

Each round unfolds in true battle royale style, with 100 players dropping from a zeppelin into a massive fantasy-inspired map full of goblin villages and mushroom forests. Players loot weapons and abilities from chests as the fog closes in, customizing their character and
effectively creating their own personal champion. In another fantasy twist, players are able to summon a mount at any time to quickly cover open ground and get right into the action.

Realm Royale’s Squad-focused design adds to the excitement as players join each match as part of a four-player team working together to win the Crown Royale. The classes are designed to support one another, with Assassins planting Sensor Drones to scout for their teammates, while Warriors can toss Shielding Potions to protect squishy Hunters.

Forges located throughout the map become focal points for conflict as players craft unique
Legendary Weapons, fight for control or look to stealthily steal weapons, driving action
throughout the match.

“You can’t win a round of Realm Royale by hiding in a bathtub,” Newbrough said. “Gameplay elements like Forges reward players for staying active and taking risks.”

Realm Royale started development as “Paladins: Battlegrounds,” announced in January at the annual Hi-Rez Expo as a new mode for the hit hero shooter Paladins. After seeing positive feedback to the mode’s announcement, Hi-Rez Studios spun off Realm Royale as a standalone game with a larger scope.

Source: Press release, Steam
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Wakkander

I kinda like that they are making this into something more than just a side mode in paladins. It could be interesting but I probably won’t mess with it unless it gets a console launch.

I don’t get the criticism of it being f2p, I mean did no one learn anything from fortnite? How anyone expects a non-f2p option to make any headway into the market after the examples of h1z1 and pubgs waning influence in the face of fortnite boggles the mind.

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Nathan Aldana

Leave it to Hi rez to slap together yet another attempt at cashing in the latest fad that they will drop like a hot rock if it doesnt succeed right out of the gate.

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Sorenthaz

Sounds interesting enough. I’ve been thinking for awhile now that the first good medieval-fantasy Battle Royale will probably kick off quite successfully. In general the Battle Royale market shows a lot of potential IF it explores further venues. Sci-fi, pirates, wild west, medieval low/high fantasy, etc. Hell a mecha BR would be amazing too.

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Ben Stone

I guess I am alone in actually thinking this looks good? I like the Paladins twist on MOBA, and this might actually get me into Battle Royale having the fantasy setting.

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Sorenthaz

Well,

1. People love to hate on HiRez because they like to think of them as the ‘me too’ company and ignore the positive/successful areas of their games and ideas. Folks seem to have legit grudges against HiRez still for how they handled games in the past, ignoring the fact that they did put a small team on Tribes Ascend for a few major patches long after the game was pretty much dead and making no money.

2. Most of the folks who post comments are typically older than the targeted demographic for PvP games in general and thus they don’t understand the fads/trends with stuff like MOBAs, team shooters, Battle Royales, and esports/competitive PvP games in general.

3. Most MOPers like to be bitter and cynical and don’t really look at games beyond face value. Anything that’s a themepark MMO is just a WoW clone, anything that’s a Battle Royale is just another PUBG/Fortnite clone, etc. That or they really like to just hate on game genres they don’t want to play/understand.

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Ben Stone

Yeah, I actually enjoy shooters and survival games, I just get bored of modern settings, so PUBG or Fortnite didn’t really keep my interest long. Now playing survival as a mage? That is right up my alley. I guess I am a niche demographic by the sounds of it.

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Randy: “Stan? Your mother worked very hard on that Royale, now you eat every bit of it mister!”

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Kyle: Hey Stan are ya ready…
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Jeremy Barnes

Man, what is Hi-Rez doing?

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They’re taking a shit with the door open obviously.

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TomTurtle

They’ve nailed the art style and going F2P is a given considering the competition. Good luck to them I suppose. Not my game genre, but I like the idea of adding in some fantasy elements.

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kgptzac

Not sure about the art style and F2P of this game is a good thing, unless you count the “being a fortnite clone as much as possible but not too much” is a good thing.

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TomTurtle

I view more competition in a game genre as a good thing, even if it’s likely this may very well flop. And while I don’t care about battle royale games, it’s not like I have to pay much attention to it. Another BR game existing is annoying in some sense, but not enough to bother me that much.

Art style is subjective. I like bright, colorful stylized graphics.

F2P is probably necessary to have any chance of surviving as a newcomer. Even the former top dog PUBG is struggling with Fortnite’s success.

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Dug From The Earth

This is reaching that “just threw up a little bit in my mouth” point now.

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Nordavind

But why? It was a good addition to Paladins, why make this stand alone game?

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Armsbend

It may be necessary for it to get the attention of a new audience. People aren’t going to stop and read a Paladins article because they know what it is – even if they don’t. But an article of a new game might get some new eyeballs to at least try it.

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Sorenthaz

Not only that but it looks like they spent some time developing new character models or doing some reskins of existing champions in order to sort of make the game look more unique/standalone.

Also it makes it easier to separately monetize it. Overall in general it’s better to just keep it as its own split-off since it looks like they are actually putting resources/development into making it stand on its own legs away from Paladins.

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Hirku

I’m getting royale-lly tired of this shit.

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Armsbend

game developers chase trends. *shrug*

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Weilan

I played it for 2 matches then uninstalled. It’s just the same garbage as the rest of Battle Royale. You spawn on this giant map, you search for weapons and try to survive and be #1. No strategy involved, no skills, no co-op… nothing. You just have to hope to land on the right place at the right time and get the right gun.

What’s most horrible about Battle Royale is how big the map is, I never could say I’ve played this genre, but traversing such a huge map with nothing to do is sooooo boooooring. And when you die you have to start over… how stupid is that?! How can people play this crap?!

I remember when MOBAs gained traction, I tried them, I found them to be engaging, but difficult, not my type of game, but they were good and still are. LoL and Dota 2 are still on the first row in the Browse section on Twitch, which obviously means they are good. On the other hand, Battle Royale is a stupid fad that will fade away just as fast as it appeared and nobody will remember it after a year or two, simply because such genre can’t be competitive and there is no skill involved. It’s a very idiotic gimmick.

And no matter how they change it – give it building, weapon customization, skills, etc. it’s still the same garbage it will always be.