Hi-Rez Studios has announced that Paladins will introduce a new Battle Royale game mode. The news was made public during the keynote address on the opening morning of the Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta.
Paladins: Battlegrounds will offer an unconventional twist on the increasingly popular battle royale genre. The genre mashup will create ability-driven combat, combined with survival gameplay and a fantasy setting to set it apart from the likes of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds which truly took 2017 by storm.
Todd Harris, Executive Producer of Paladins and Co-Founder of Hi-Rez Studios said of the news: “Riding on a mount through this massive fantasy-themed map, looking for gear and cooperating with your team, Paladins: Battlegrounds delivers some of the feel of open-world MMO PvP but all within a 20-minute match.”
This mode is ‘designed from the ground-up to be played in teams’, meaning that players must work together to survive.
In Paladins: Battlegrounds players spawn into a large map as per a typical battle royale map. They’ll have mounts just like in Paladins, and be able to explore and loot through various outposts as well as tracking zeppelins that drop legendary gear – much like the airdrops in PUBG. As expected, the last team standing will be the team that emerges victorious.
Esports Insider says: We’re going to see a whole lot of battle royale type games appear this year trying to grab a slice of the pie that PUBG has beautifully baked this year. We have to say, a Paladins style battle royale game sounds both intriguing and exciting and we’ll definitely be trying it out.