Battle royale games are here to stay. Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone, and dozens of other battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG have joined in widespread popularity.
The formula is easy to understand: a large number of players enter a map and fight to be the last player (or squad) left. The safe area on the map usually gets smaller during a match, forcing the remaining players to fight with each other. With the development of the genre, many games have had their own transformations, such as heroes’ abilities, magical powers, and the ability to revive fallen teammates or “purchase” them back in the game.
Here are the battle royale games we play, and the upcoming properties to watch out for.
Coming in 2021
Naraka: Bladepoint Battle royale in martial arts seems like a new and much-needed twist on the genre. 60 players, all armed with grappling hooks, will engage in melee combat using swords, spears, fists and sometimes a massive chainsaw.
perseverance – Yes! It’s the battle royale cowboy in perseverance, with horses, trains and a spoils system based on poker hands. We have to try Recently Tech TestIt will be launched in early access later this year.
scavengers – In a mixture of PvE and PvP, players assembled into teams of three collect gear and survival tools, and fight each other to be the only team extracted from the cruel and frozen world.
last man sitting – This awesome ragdoll royale battle features people sitting in office chairs, pushing themselves around the desk with powerful guns while vying to be the last one still in their chair.
Best Battle Royale Games
CoD’s neat twist on the formula is The Gulag, a 1-on-1 fighting pit where dead players compete for a second chance to fall back on the map with their team. There is also a second mode called Plunder, where players earn and steal money to win.
Less like the straight violence we’d expect from battle royale games and more like the physical humor of Gang Beasts meets Ninja Warrior. 60 players compete through 5 rounds full of obstacles until there is only one left. Lots of fun and very cute too.
Epic isn’t shy about experimenting with exotic modes like 50v50, making frequent and sometimes mysterious changes to its map, or adding planes among all things. We don’t expect the sudden, game-changing experiments to stop anytime soon.
It combines a hero squad shooter with a last-man formula, with new systems that allow great mic-less communication and the recovery of dead team members.
PUBG quickly eclipsed the popular (then) battle royale game H1Z1 in 2017 and became the battle royale game to beat, still attracting hundreds of thousands of players daily. Expect to continue adding new modes, weapons, vehicles, and more maps as they have been since their release.
Other Battle Royales
Hyperscape – This free Battle Royale game from Ubisoft takes place in a dense futuristic city. Loot and weapons are simplified, and players regenerate automatically instead of captures.
Forza Horizon 4: The Eliminator – Up to 72 players can race around the map in search of upgraded vehicles and challenge each other in head-to-head open world races.
Surviv.io – It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s fast – There’s literally no waiting to get into a match in a top-down, browser-based BR match. It’s cartoonish but don’t let that fool you: it can still be pretty intense.
worms rumble – Battle of 32 worms to be the last worm standing, in the first ever Worms game with real combat.
Civilization 6: The Red Death – Yes, even Civ 6 has a battle royale mode now. Up to 12 players lead military factions across a post-apocalyptic map where the radioactive network around them is sealed off. It’s weird but fun.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | black out – With grappling hooks, ray guns and lots of nostalgia – Its map recreates a number of locations from previous CoD games – It’s a stylish and fun BR game. The war zone is where the action is now taking place.
Population: one – VR battle royale has 18 players per match and supports cross-play between Oculus, Vive, Index and Windows MR headsets.
Super Animal Royal – Cute forest creatures get the Battle Royale treatment. This is a fun cartoon battle royale game and they recently added a free demo that you can play for as long as you want.
CS: GO Danger Zone It’s a smaller battle royale than most, hosting only 16-18 players, and rounds are short, lasting only 10 minutes or so. The danger zone features CS: GOs weapons and other familiar elements such as hostage rescue.
Fear of wolves – Radiation, anomalies and mutations pose player threats against the environment as players make their way to the extraction point, hoping to be the only survivor in this BR from former Stalker developers.
Battle Royale – 20 players to defeat using the Battlerite team of heroes on a map several times larger than its base game.
halal – 50 survivors of Odin’s army face off in this third-person and first-person melee.
whirlpool – It is a fun and engaging BR ship combat game, in which players fight on the high seas and avoid huge sea monsters.
Rapture refuses – Rapture Rejects takes place in the world of Webcomic Cyanide and Happiness, an isometric top-down cartoonish royal battle that takes place after the Rapture between those sadly abandoned.
last tide – It’s a battle royal, but under the sea! 100 players in diving gear are released to the ocean in mini submarines, where they fight to the death (or even to the depths?) with harpoons.
Z1 Battle Royale – As King of the Kill, he has been the king of BR for a long time, although he has fallen on hard times and has lost almost all of his player base. It is free to play on Steam.
rift lands – In this mix of Mad Max and PUBG, drive across a ruined wasteland doing battle in cars and on foot as a radioactive storm shuts down all around you.
Exit – It looks like a Dark Souls battle royale. Instead of a closed circuit, water rises from the bottom of the city and players have to climb up to stay above it.
Royal world – Free to play hero shooter Paladins announced the upcoming battle royale mode At the Hi-Rez show, and It’s now free in early access.
Royal Kitchen – Originally created as an April Fools’ joke, Cuisine Royale has rapidly blossomed into a fun indie game on Steam. The catch is that your shield is assembled from pieces of kitchen utensils like pots, pans, colanders, and waffle irons.
Stand out: VR Battle Royale -BR in VR? It works, and I had a fun experience when Another player reached out and snatched a weapon from my hand.
Canceled and discontinued BRs
Planetside Arena Daybreak’s attempt to bring battle royale to the Planetside series has been delayed multiple times in 2019, and when it finally arrived it fizzled out pretty quickly, then shut down completely.
Mavericks – It was planning to be the biggest battle royale game to date with 1000 player matches. Unfortunately, developer Automaton recently announced that development has stopped.
Radical Heights Boss Key launched a free-to-play battle royale game in the 80s, but Boss Key shut down after a month and Radical Heights disappeared soon after. It was Radical Heights rights Captured by Squanch Games.
execution – Battle royale focused on crafting and melee attracted an enthusiastic fan base when it launched in 2016, although there were missteps in the sequel to this game. She is currently planning to come back On the PC with a strange new business model.