Call of Duty and Battlefield V Just Joined the Gaming Industry’s Battle RoyaleAug 25, 2018 | 1 Votes by Mikhail 10 rate Battlefield V and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 are joining the arms race in the battle royale genre. What does this mean for the genre and what can you expect from both games? Let’s take a long, hard look.
It took EA and Activision more than a year, but they are finally joining the gaming industry’s battle royale arm’s race. This isn’t surprising, considering that well, the genre can make any publisher’s coffers fat. Just look at Epic Games earning $300 million from Fortnite in just one month. Bluehole, the current handlers of the now second-most popular BR game PUBG, made $712 million in 2017. No matter how you look at it, these figures are INSANE, especially if you consider that Fortnite is free-to-play and PUBG isn’t a full-priced game. With two of the most celebrated tripe A first-person shooter franchises joining the fold, will they rock the entire game industry?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode is called Blackout. The developers, Treyarch and Beenox, opted to add this mode into the game instead of the usual campaign, which has been a staple of the franchise ever since the old days. It’s huge and bold risk, and should it fail, there are numerous consequences like the old guard skipping the game due to the lack of a campaign mode. So yes, CoD: Black Ops 4 will be an exclusively multiplayer game with six different modes, including Blackout.
Right now, there are barely any details to go on, but we do know that the map is massive, at least 1,500 times larger than the iconic Nuketown map. There will also be vehicles in the Blackout mode, and though we’re sure the mode won’t feature 100 players (because that would kill the servers), we could see it reach at least 50. The battle royale mode will go on open beta on the PlayStation 4 on September 10. However, you will need to pre-order the game to participate in the beta.
Battlefield V’s Battle Royale Tease
Battlefield V’s first trailer didn’t exactly get the a positive reaction from the fanbase. Well hey, if you add absurd fictional elements (like people who should not have been in the front lines and cyborgs) into a game based in World War 2, then you’re bound to get a negative reception. However, things changed for the better when they introduced their Gamescom 2018 trailer, The Devastation of Rotterdam
In the end of the video we can see this image:
It looks, familiar, right? Well, unless if it’s an experimental weapon made in the 1940s, then it’s safe to assume that it’s Battlefield V’s version of the “storm”. We can assume is either napalm-induced inferno, which was widely used in World War 2. Currently, there are zero details to go by, and we’ll have to wait until Gamescom 2018, which is slated on August 21-25 to hear the details.
However, we can all hope that it will feature a massive map, like an entire city or the site of a battle in World War 2, like Rotterdam, Stalingrad, or even Berlin. Having 100 players in an entire game will likely be difficult, but we can safely assume we will have at least 64 per game. Tanks, like the famous Tiger tank of Germany, Sherman of the USA, as well as jeeps and motorcycles will definitely be part of the experience. It will be interesting to see whether the battle royale mode will allow you to pilot airplanes, but we do hope they will be available as long as they are nerfed.
Will their entry change battle royale forever?
Undoubtedly. The Battlefield and CoD franchises are among the most compelling first-person shooters in gaming history, alongside Counter-Strike. It is also worth noting that their publishers, EA and Activision, have huge budgets and will definitely invest more into the game than Bluehole or even Epic. Unless if we’re wrong, this will also mark the entry of the first ever triple A battle royale into the gaming market. It is also noteworthy that we’re closing in towards the end of this gaming generation, with new, higher-end consoles appearing some time in the next three years. Larger scale, 100-person battle royales with the graphics, gameplay, and technology of the CoD and Battlefield series may end up becoming a reality in the near future.
Unfortunately for budget gamers, both of these games will be priced at $60. If we base the trend on their predecessors, there will also be paid DLC. Nevertheless, we can safely assume that if we spend that much on these games, we’re definitely getting the full package.