We’re only a few weeks away from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles and one phrase we’re expecting to hear a lot of is ‘battle royale’. Made popular by the grittiness of the Bluehole published PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and cartoon combat extremes of Epic Games’ Fortnite. Both of these titles have, over the last couple of years, taken videogaming by storm (or blue, if you play PUBG I guess).
With there being so much revenue generated by the pair, particularly Fortnite which continues to ride high following its recent tie-in with The Avengers: Infinity War and concurrent records on Twitch it’s inevitable that everyone begins trying to get a piece of the battle royale pie. Though as we found out last week with the death of Boss Key Productions it is not a guarantee for profit or survival..
As you may have guessed the latest title to announce a battle royale mode is a virtual reality (VR) one. A new experience is coming your way courtesy of Against Gravity, the developers of popular social VR experience Rec Room. For those unfamiliar, Rec Room is described as a ‘VR social club’ which allows users to get together in the same VR space and engage in various social mini-games, such as paintball, disc golf or charades, as well as more adventurous quests. The title, which has been in development since 2016, is currently in Beta/Early Access across PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed reality.
Rec Royale adds exactly what you would expect to Rec Room, players parachuting in to a large wooded area full of rocky outcrops, dense forest, mountains, buildings large and small, loot and lots of weapons to off your rivals with including sniper rifles and pump shotguns – albeit ones that will apparenty fire paintballs.
VRFocus will bring you more developments on this as they are announced.