The skill-intensive MOBA Battlerite enters the Battle Royale space this summer.
The news came straight from the developer Stunlock studios. The mode is expected to launch sometime in the summer. This may or may not come together with the Xbox One port of the game.
‘With a top-down Battle Royale mode we’ve set out to bring the ultimate survival experience to Action RPG and MOBA players.’ said Johan Ilves, Marketing Director at Stunlock Studios. ‘We want to give players the excitement of a Diablo-esque exploration experience combined with the character variation of a MOBA and the thrill of a survival game. That said, I think anyone who’s looking for a fresh and different take on the Battle Royale genre will have a blast.’
The Battle Royale mode will be played on a map 30 times larger than the standard Arena. It could be played in a free-for-all mode, or in a pair. Offensive, Defensive and Support characters will all be included. Players will be able to select their Champions before the start of a round. They will also be able to pick up items before the head-to-head combat begins.
Stunlock promises the same gameplay as the Arena mode, with top-down perspective to the battlefield and short, frantic rounds about ten minutes in length.
Battlerite is the spiritual successor to an older MOBA title named Bloodline Champions. It puts emphasis on skill-shots and hero-on-hero action.
The game launched in Steam back in November and so far north of four million players have tried it.
Battlerite has an eSports scene, with the Pro League being the flagship event. Its first season debuted last month and is currently at its third week in a series of five.