Paladins: Battlegrounds Bringing Battle Royale To F2P

Paladins: Battlegrounds Bringing Battle Royale To F2P

Many developers recently have tried to copy PUBG's success. If you aren't adding an "every man for himself, while a giant circle shrinks and consumes you" mode to your game, then you're just doing it wrong!

Do you like these kinds of games in regards to esports?

As part of HRX 2018, Hi-Rez Studios announced a battle royale game mode for their free-to-play title, Paladins.

Paladins: Battlegrounds was announced yesterday and was met with immediate criticism from fans and critics alike. Despite the similarities to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, including the name which Hi-Rez President Stew Chisam defended in comments this week, there are a few differences.

So that is what you get when you combine a "hero shooter" with battle royale, huh?

According to Hi-Rez Studios, Paladins: Battlegrounds is still early in development.

A new Team Deathmatch mode was also announced in Paladins, as well as a new Champion called Moji. Of course, the Paladins mechanics of hero abilities and mounts will also be brought over to Paladins: Battlegrounds to add more flavor to the game.

This isn't the first time that High Rez has been accused of ripping off popular game genres, either.

"20-minute match", said Todd Harris, Executive Producer of Paladins.

However, the developers of PUBG have been known to defend their territory in the past, taking issue with Fortnite borrowing too heavily from their gameplay. Thanks to the presence of varied hero-based special abilities, the combat looks notably more like Paladins than a battle royale game. And that's not easy with 100 players all fighting to win. Are you going to give Paladins Battlegrounds a try?

Paladins: Battlegrounds will be free-to-play for all players sometime in 2018, while its hero shooter counterpart Paladins: Champions of the Realm is now free-to-play in beta on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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