Close  
  • share this

This week in Battle Royale: ‘Battlefield V’, ‘Fortnite’, ‘Realm Royale’ and more at E3 2018

/ 12:11 AM June 18, 2018

At E3 2018, “Battlefield V” won the race for first Battle Royale mention, “Fortnite” launched on Switch and hosted a celebrity tournament, and “Realm Royale” made the most of livestream popularity, while “Mavericks: Proving Grounds”, “Rapture Rejects” and “Islands of Nyne” spent time in the spotlight.

It took little over six minutes for the Battle Royale genre to get a mention at 2018’s clutch of publisher presentations, with Electronic Arts first to show its slate and first to mention the hot new format.

ADVERTISEMENT

Senior developers from EA’s DICE studio confirmed that October’s “Battlefield V” would be adding a Royale mode at some point after launch.

FEATURED STORIES

“We bring those pillars of ‘Battlefield’ with destruction, team play, vehicles into this new experience… an experience that you haven’t played before in ‘Battlefield’ or anywhere else.” More details were promised for later in 2018.

In contrast, “Fortnite: Battle Royale” on the Nintendo Switch was made immediately available following a June 12 pre-recorded showcase, and was downloaded 2 million times in less than a day.

One unwanted sting in the tale for fans of the supremely popular title was the discovery that game accounts previously associated with PlayStation’s network could not link up with Nintendo’s equivalent.

The ensuing negative reaction against PlayStation, leading the current console generation in terms of sales, stood in stark contrast to the PS4 manufacturer’s rapturous E3 reception in 2013.

Another E3 Battle Royale victory took place away from the big publisher presentations.

Released on June 5 and already benefiting from exposure via Twitch and YouTube creatives like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins (the joint winner of “Fortnite”‘s E3 Celebrity Pro-Am) and Mike “Shroud” Grzesiek, “Realm Royale” is the HiRez Studio’s latest take on a current craze and, following 2016’s “Paladins”, has a chance of becoming the company’s most successful project.

ADVERTISEMENT

With a soft-edged look akin to “Fortnite”, it does away with the latter’s rapid building mechanics and instead introduces a number of novel elements: a medieval fantasy world, class-based abilities, forges that allow equipment upgrades, and last-chance reincarnations as flappy, flag-waving chickens.

Its swift adoption as livestreaming material gave it a significant advantage going into the PC Gaming Show, which also revealed more of 1,000-player “Mavericks: Proving Grounds” and its environmental tracking, as well as an unexpected interpretation of popular webcomic “Cyanide & Happiness” called “Rapture Rejects”; “Islands of Nyne” got a brief run-out at the Xbox showcase. JB

RELATED STORIES:

Le Mans eSport Series coming soon

‘Fortnite’ for Nintendo Switch downloaded 2 million times in less than 24 hours

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Battle Royale, E3, E3 2018, Fortnite, Gaming
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

3 killed in Albay town buy-bust

February 22, 2019 10:40 PM

newsinfo

Fire hits Bureau of Customs building in Manila

February 22, 2019 10:33 PM

newsinfo

1,000 families affected, 5 hurt in Mandaluyong fire

February 22, 2019 09:55 PM




© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.