Paladins: Champions of the Real is a free-to-play hero shooter that has previously been compared to Overwatch, In the wake of PUBG’s spectacular and ever-growing success we’ve witnessed an opportunistic flurry of battle royale games over the last several months. Paladins is also launching a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds themed Game mode, and it’s coming to Paladins at some point in 2018.
The new game mode titled Battlegrounds , will spawn 100 players into a “massive map” that developer Hi-Rez says is over 300 times the size of a typical Paladins Siege map. Success in Battlegrounds will involve exploring the territory and looting its outposts for gear and has them facing off till death, while an all-encompassing fog shortens the size of the battlefield in stages. Players band together in teams, ride mounts and search for weapons and loot in matches that last 20 minutes.
Here’s a trailer:
“Designed from the ground-up to be played in teams, players must work together to survive in Paladins: Battlegrounds,” says Hi-Rez in a statement. “Supports struggle to keep their Front Liners alive, while Damage Champions let the bullets fly and Flanks look for any possible assassination.
Players spawn into a massive map—over 300 times the square footage of a typical Paladins’ Siege map. Then they hop onto their mounts and begin exploring, looting their way through more than four dozen outposts and tracking zeppelins that drop legendary gear.”
Paladins is not the first game to add a free battle royale mode. Warface added a similar mode in November, while Fortnite added a free, standalone PUBG-style mode in September. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp took issue with Fortnite’s version, saying, “We are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.
Paladins: Battlegrounds is due at some stage later this year, whereas an early alpha version is playable at this weekend’s Hi-Rez Expo. Our Pip has boots on the ground there, so check back for her thoughts on the new mode in due course.