If I were pressed to find something more popular than superhero movies, it’d be battle royale games.Of the latter, Fortnite is the currently-reigning champion.Now the most popular battle royale game is crossing over with the most popular superhero movie currently in theaters, as Infinity War‘s Thanos is joining the fight.The details: The pairing will be for a limited time only, starting tomorrow, in a mode called “Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup”.The new mode will allow 100 players to duke it out in a map, as per usual.The wrinkle here is that a fully-powered Infinity Gauntlet is on the field, and whoever picks it up will become the Mad Titan Thanos and be able to wield the Gauntlet’s powers — and, without meaning to spoil Infinity War, that’s really bad news for everyone else.
There has long been speculation and evidence of cheating software for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), but action is being taken to stamp it out.The makers of the smash-hit game have confirmed that they have worked with authorities in China who have dished out over $5 million in fines to at least 15 people caught developing hacks that help players cheat.PUBG, in case you missed it, is one of the top-grossing games in the world this year.A shoot-up battle royale game that sees players battle to survive to the end, PUBG grossed $700 million in revenue via PC sales last year and that’s only increased in 2018 as the title landed on mobile.It’s particularly big in China where internet giant Tencent is the publishing partner.That Tencent link might have proved useful, as Bluehole — the company behind PUBG — revealed in a statement that Chinese authorities have helped it clamp down on hacking programs, handing out the huge number of fines in the process:
Developers of the popular battle royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) have released a statement updating players on the status of their anti-cheating efforts in the game.The update was posted on PC-gaming platform Steam and details the arrest by Chinese authorities of 15 individuals that were suspected of developing and selling hack programs for PUBG.As a result of the arrests, the suspects have been fined over $5 million.According to the statement from Chinese authorities, some of the programs included Trojan Horse viruses, which “developers used to control users’ PCs, scan their data, and extract information illegally”.Of the 15 suspects, there were only five that were explicitly mentioned by name: “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄”.Cheating in PUBG is a major issue that the game's developers take “extremely seriously”.
Fortnite Battle Royale has transcended your average video game to become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon.In fact, the third-person shooter saw a peak 3.4 million concurrent players in March, with the servers buckling under the pressure.Fortnite Battle Royale also holds the record for individual streamer numbers on Twitch with Ninja’s stream featuring Drake.Part of that has to do with the popularity of Battle Royale games in general, and part of it has to do with the Epic Games’ ability to add small details (like these dances) to a colorful, fun-to-watch world.But perhaps most importantly, Epic Games seems to be obsessive about keeping the game fresh, whether it’s adding new player skins, new areas of the map, or new equipment within the game.BR is structured in seasons, lasting three months each, that add a new flavor to Battle Royale.
On Wednesday, every TV in Fortnite: Battle Royale started blaring an emergency alert.It's just the latest reason to believe that a meteor is going to collide with the game's map, potentially making for huge changes to how it's played.Fans have been going crazy trying to solve the mystery.On Wednesday, Fortnite: Battle Royale noticed that all of the TVs in the wildly popular battle royale game are now blaring an emergency warning broadcast signal, complete with siren.In the center of the alert is a llama, the game's mascot, as you can see in the screenshot above.It's the latest, and probably the most direct, evidence yet for the widely-held player belief that a meteor will soon collide with the planet, changing the map — and the game — forever.
In PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, 100 people drop onto an island empty-handed and have to scavenge for weapons and equipment.The game also launched on Xbox One last year through the Xbox Game Preview program, where it added had another 3 million copies to its totals as of January 2018.Simon Darveau, creative director of recently launched Battle Royale game The Darwin Project, said the success stories like that of Battlegrounds (or PUBG) are going to draw many, many more imitators.Aside from the insane popularity of PUBG and Fortnite, Darveau said Battle Royale will likely appeal to developer because doesn’t really take much to create (or adapt) an existing project into something you might think of as a Battle Royale game.The signature trait of the form is its last-player-standing ruleset, an easy thing to add to any game; other usual elements, like open, explorable maps and random weapon spawns, don’t take too much to develop.It’s not something you can predict, it’s against another person, and I think those are the best kind of interactions.”
Battle royale-style games have taken over the world."PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," or "PUBG" for short, was the surprise smash hit of 2017.This year, the free-to-play game "Fortnite" has dominated the conversation, raking in millions of dollars every day across all major platforms, including iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.In both games, 100 players plummet onto a deserted island that has a constantly-shrinking "safe zone."There are weapons and special items scattered all over the island, which you can use to defend yourself or attack your opponents.Of course, there is a great deal of variation between "Fortnite" and "PUBG," despite how they lean heavily on the same battle-royale formula as one another.
Version 0.4.0 of PUBG Mobile includes two new modes, a new setting, and optimizations.Arcade Mode lowers the number of players from 100 to 24, while Training Grounds lets you try out weapons and vehicles.Tencent Games pushed out version 0.4.0 of PUBG Mobile, with the update containing new modes, a new setting, and some optimizations for the popular battle royale game.First up is Arcade Mode, which lowers the number of players on the map from 100 to 28.Unlike regular PUBG Mobile matches, which include a variety of weapons, Arcade Mode picks one of six variations for players to use for the entire match: shotguns, sniper rifles, all weapons, melee, pistols, and item heaven.The only concern we have is the nature of Arcade Mode.
Battle royale game Fortnite is down, meaning millions of gamers are in need of an outlet.Many of them have elected to switch to Radical Heights, a similarly colorful, free game, bringing unexpected attention to the company behind it.Fortnite is currently one of, if not the most popular game on the planet.At last count (by Epic Games’ stats), the highest number of concurrent players in the game was 3.4 million, and 45 million players overall.We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance.Stay updated with our status page here: https://t.co/3y0X6buriO
Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski this week surprised gamers by launching his studio's new battle royale game, Radical Heights, with an "Xtreme Early Access" release.So naturally, it's a perfect time for Epic Games to have to shut down Fortnite servers for emergency maintenance on Thursday.At the time of writing, Fortnite has been down for eight hours.The battle royale genre, where you parachute onto sprawling, weapon-littered terrain, do battle with 99 other players until only one (hopefully you) remains, was popularised last year with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG.Since then, Epic Games has released a free battle royale mode for its Fortnite game, which now rivals PUBG in popularity.Radical Heights, by Boss Key Productions, is the newest challenger in the very-hot-right-now genre.
When Drake last played Fortnite on Twitch with a group of players that included popular streamer Ninja, they broke Twitch's record for concurrent viewers -- and turbocharged Fortnite's popularity.Though no records were broken in the latest video, a conversation has planted the seed of a Hotline Bling emote coming to the wildly popular battle royale game.In the video, Ninja runs around in the game as he chats with Drake about one of the new dance emotes.Drake responds that rapper Murda Beats is already sampling Fortnite music in his songs.Then he starts talking about how he wants the game's developer Epic to make an emote tied to his famous dance from his biggest hit, adding that the company should include all the iconic moves.Ninja clearly loves the idea in the video, but when Drake says that he would rap about Fortnite in one of his songs if Epic added a Hotline Bling dance move, it starts to sound like a real possibility.
The battle royale bug seems to have infiltrated most gamers, and that includes many of us at Digital Trends.If you’re a fan of battle royale games, we’re streaming the latest entry in the massively popular genre, Radical Heights, at 2 p.m. Pacific today!You can watch the stream right here in this post, or on our Facebook page.Radical Heights entered Early Access on Steam on Monday, April 10, only a day after it was revealed.Developed by Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions, the free-to-play experience is looking to capture the attention of battle royale fans comes on the heels of the disappointment that was LawBreakers.Although a polished experience, LawBreakers failed to find an audience as a multiplayer arena shooter.
Short for PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, the battle royale game is like that popular kid in school that everyone wants to be or, at the very least, be with.That seems to be true even for malware.A new type of ransomware has popped up blatantly calling itself PUBG Ransomware.Although it does hold your files hostage by encrypting them, it does also provide the key to restore them.Proof of concept or facepalm-worthy joke, you decide.The PUBG Ransomware, at least for now, it pretty harmless.
Boss Key is almost certainly one of the first of many, many developers that will try to capture some of the obviously huge market for battle royale games over the coming months and years.Of course, we’ve seen this plenty of times before: some studio comes up with an interesting idea and it seems developers who may not have been as quick to the punch proceed to copy that idea endlessly.If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then there’s plenty of flattery to go around in the games industry.Boss Key isn’t the only one that will try its hand at battle royale, assuming recent rumors are true.We’ve heard that Valve may be considering a battle royale mode for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and that Red Dead Redemption 2 may have one as well.While your immediate reaction may be to roll your eyes at the developers who will undoubtedly try to jump on the battle royale gravy train, it’s actually a good thing that so many will undoubtedly take a shot at the genre.
With the immense success of games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, it seems that everyone wants a slice of the battle royale pie.The latest studio to enter the arena and try its luck is LawBreakers developer Boss Key Productions, a studio founded by former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski.Today, Boss Key revealed Radical Heights, a new free-to-play battle royale title that looks to provide a few interesting twists on the tried-and-true formula.Like any other battle royale games, players will still be attempting to be the last man standing in a large-scale deathmatch.The core of the battle royale genre won’t be changing in that regard, but just as Fortnite added building mechanics and weapon tiers to the foundation laid down by PUBG, Radical Heights will be providing its own unique spin.In the description on the Steam Store page for Radical Heights, we’re told that the game is set in a “sunny SoCal dome” and that players will be able to traverse the world on BMX bikes.
A week after announcing it would move on from its fun but underperforming shooter LawBreakers, Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions revealed its next project, a free-to-play battle royale experience called Radical Heights.Obviously looking to capitalize on the gaming zeitgeist, Radical Heights enters Early Access on Steam on Tuesday, April 10.“This is a five month passion project fort he studio as we’re creating and publishing the game entirely by ourselves,” Radical Heights creative director Zach Lowery said in a press release.Radical Heights has cartoonish visuals not all that different from Fortnite and takes a light-hearted, comedic approach using a retro-futuristic aesthetic.Matches take place under a dome in Southern California.The map features commercialized areas surrounded by wilderness.
Epic Games’ Fortnite is officially out of beta on mobile, meaning anyone with an iPhone SE / 6S or later running iOS 11 (or an iPad mini 4 / Air 2 or later) can download the game and jump into a match.Epic announced the news on its Twitter feed this morning.Previously, Fortnite on iOS was available in an invite-only beta period, though invites were generously given out and friends were able to invite up to three others to join the free-to-play platform.You can download the game from the App Store here.It’s been a whirlwind of milestone-breaking and good news for Epic since the beginning of the year, as Fortnite has experienced a meteoric rise in both sales, popularity, and mainstream recognition.The game’s free-to-play business model — which sustains itself purely on a mix of clever in-game costumes, items, and an optional three-month subscription service — helped it best its rival and battle royale pioneer Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has lost a little bit of the spotlight to Epic Games’ Fortnite in recent months, but the battle royale game continues to improve with new free updates.Soon, a new extra-small map will be added to the game, and you can sign up to try it out right now.To sign up for a chance to play the map early, head to the Codename: Savage official website and link your Steam account.To do this, you must have the game on Steam already and your profile must be public.The first test is scheduled to begin today, April 2, at 10 p.m.There will be a second round of testing later, though final dates have not been chosen yet.
Free-to-play console games led the digital games market’s growth in February — in particular, Epic Games’ standout hit Fortnite: Battle Royale.The market grew 6 percent globally year-over-year last month, and free-to-play console games grew a whopping 359 percent year-over-year, according to industry-tracking firm SuperData Research.Fortnite now has more monthly active players than Rockstar Games’ perennial top-10 title Grand Theft Auto V. Though Epic’s last-player-standing game doesn’t cost anything up front, it does successfully tempt its players with in-game purchases.The only game where players spent more money was Sledgehammer Games’s Call of Duty: WWII, which is still the top-grossing game on consoles.PUBG Corp.’s rival battle royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, sold over 2.5 million copies.SuperData reports that sales on PC are continuing to dip for that title, but it’s still selling steadily on Xbox One.
Epic Games’ Fortnite: Battle Royale might not have chicken dinners, but players are finding it tasty.1 spot for the last couple of months, and market analyst Newzoo has some new numbers about the standings.Fortnite has claimed the top honors as the most-played battle royale game as of February, but PUBG is beating out its colorful rival in China as the top Western PC title.Newzoo reports that 30.1 percent of core PC gamers played battle royale games last month, and it predicts that the genre will only grow beyond existing titles like Fortnite, PUBG, Daybreak Game company’s H1Z1, and Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival of the Fittest.However, developers will likely opt to incorporate a battle royale mode rather than create an entirely new title in the genre.As for the two top guns in the last-player-standing space, their popularity is uncontested at the moment.