The battle royale genre of games has become exceedingly popular in recent years. Games such as Player Unknowns Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and the recently released in early access Radical Heights are the most recent examples of the popularity of such games. With the popularity of such titles, one might reasonably ask what existing IP would make a decent battle royale game with minimal tweaks.

Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is an open world, third person, action game taking place on a Mediterranean island. The gameplay consists of using a grappling hook for vertical climbing or for grappling onto planes that the player can ride, then jump off and use their wingsuit to glide across the landscape before deploying their parachute to land near their objective. The games focus on creativity and destruction will have players utilizing a digital playground beyond what the developers could have imagined.

Watching players utilize the games verticality in a battle royale mode would make for entertaining gameplay for players as well as viewers of live streams. JC3 is basically a Michael Bay film in game form, which would probably make game matches short, but extremely entertaining as players’ imaginations run wild.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V is a stealth action game, with open world maps of Afghanistan and South Africa to explore. Players are given an arsenal of weapons from pistols, rifles, and rocket launchers, as well as smoke grenades, claymore mines, and cardboard boxes to hide in. Due to the layout of the maps, players have multiple ways to carry out a mission, such as complete stealth or full on, Rambo styles of gameplay as well as a combination of the two.

Metal Gear’s expansive maps combined, with some of the best combat gameplay to date, would make it exceptional in the battle royale genre. By allowing players to take a slower, more methodical approach to fighting one another, by setting up traps, decoys and calling in supply air drops, would weigh the player experience more on the side of skill, as opposed to sheer luck.

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is an open universe, first-person survival game, players must gather resources, plants, and animals while exploring various planets throughout a galaxy. Players awaken on a random planet located within a random galaxy somewhere in the universe. Upon repairing their ship, players are free to explore their ‘home’ planet or take off and explore the solar system and beyond. Each planet is randomly generated thus allowing each player to have a moderately different experience.

No Man’s Sky may appear to be a strange concept for a battle royale game; however, with some gameplay tweaks, it has potential. The massive planets alone would make decent battle maps, especially when combined with the game’s air and ground vehicles. Since each planet is randomly generated, it could allow a more fun and balanced experience as it would allow every round to be more unique. Collecting resources to maintain the player’s weapons and vehicles, combined with hundreds of players running around trying to kill one another would make for a fun and interesting game mode.

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda is a third-person action RPG. There are six planets to explore ranging from an alien home planet with small pocket villages, to massive ice and desert planets that initially have small exploratory areas that vastly expand as the player makes the planet more habitable. Previous Mass Effect games required the player to pick a special class at the beginning of the game to determine their skill set; however, Andromeda lets players put points into any abilities they would like and unlock special classes related to their desired perks. Allowing players too, in a sense, make their own classes, the developers have created a unique gameplay experience that would transfer well to a battle royale-style game.

Mass Effect as a battle royale game would be legendary, most of the planets the player visits would make great maps for massive, hundred-player battles. Each race could have strengths and weakness, such as the Krogan and Turian races being tank-like, Humans and Asari would be the well-rounded characters, while Salarians and Angara would be best suited for nimble, stealth-style players. Combined with the newly added jump packs, fantastic combat and player unique classes developers have a fantastic recipe for a battle royale game.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider takes place after the rebooted origin story of Lara Croft released in 2013. Gameplay consists of puzzle platforming and exploring, while combat is mostly straightforward with head-to-head gun battles. Occasionally, stealth can be used to bypass difficult gunfights. The game features a day-night cycle and weather system that affects the way human and animal NPC’s behave.

The platforming element of Tomb Raider would be the most unique aspect of a battle royale game, as players could get into firefights on extremely narrow platforms or while hanging from such platforms. The run-and-gun aspects of Tomb Raider would allow for short, but fun matches while the platforming would add a bit of much-needed verticality to a multiplayer mode.

My Battle Royale Game:
The Disco Kings Battle Royale

Ok, clearly this isn’t a game, and most likely will never be. However, while several recently modern games would adapt well to a battle royale, they all have similar gameplay mechanics that don’t stand out quite enough for the best possible experience. By exploiting 70’s disco, one of the darkest parts of human history, the battle royale genre of games could see an eruption in popularity.

During the match, a giant multicolored disco ball provides light to the map. As players progress, the terrain would morph from standard texture maps to a disco floor that pulsates with the music beat. Weapons would consist of musical instruments shooting soundwaves that damage other players who would be wearing the greatest assortment of gawdy 70’s attire. Players who advance to the top ten would be allowed a special attack that would consist of performing the most horrendous disco dance moves. The Disco Kings Battle Royale would be a fun take on the battle royale genre while also being a stark reminder to humanity not to repeat the mistakes of 1970’s.

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Christopher T
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I'm an old timer that started in 1988 with Tempest at the Disney arcade; in 1989 I was given an NES with Contra and Super Contra, thus sealing my fate forever. I moved onto the Genesis, followed by the original PlayStation, PC (mainly just for DOOM) and the N64. I got a launch day PS2 settling for the PlayStation family of consoles until 2015 when I renewed my interest in the PC world. Outside of gaming, custom PC water cooling and car parts are life.