Written by Rick Warren / Gfn2112
With the explosion of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it was only a matter of time before other games followed. From GTA V to Fortnite, developers were quick to adjust to the new climate that Battle Royale had created. The latter of those two examples proved that this new mode is something special, making Fortnite far bigger than Epic Games ever could have imagined. Further, the ease in which developers have been incorporating the mode makes it clear that virtually everything with an online component and flexible mechanics can have Battle Royale. This may eventually make Battle Royale-only games like PUBG disappear, but it also allows for plenty of unique takes on the mode. To me, that's exciting, and that excitement has led to the creation of this week's top five. Check it out!
5.) Ghost Recon Wildlands
Likelihood of being added: Moderate
The first game in this top five is one that has received some solid post launch support recently: Ghost Recon Wildlands. Much like The Division, I’d love to see that support take the game in a new direction. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main game, but that doesn’t stop me from remembering the massive, stunning version of Bolivia that players were able to explore. I can already picture the massive, near empty salt flats and dense towns being perfect areas for multiplayer shootouts. The world is so massive, in fact, that every section could be its own Battle Royale map, adding an incredible level of replayability. The weapon mechanics, such as the various scopes and bullet drop on sniper shots, are also perfect for Battle Royale. Outfits can take a level of importance not seen in other Battle Royal games, with camouflage, ghillie suits, and even face paint working to keep players hidden. A Battle Royale game that prioritizes stealth is something I’d love to see, and Ghost Recon has all the tools to be a success.
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4.) Farcry 5
Likelihood of being added: Unlikely
Given that this game is just over a month away from its release, I don’t see the mode being in the cards. Farcry 5 has been built for no more than four player co-op, and the DLC has already been revealed. Still, with Battle Royale modes becoming as big as they have, there’s always a chance that the plan will change (just look at Fortnite). What would make a Farcry version special, though? The Wildlife. Rather than just facing off against other players, people would need to worry about the creatures roaming throughout the world. While basic weapons would be found lying around like usual, upgrading those weapons would require players to kill and skin everything from bears to deer. There would be a limited number of animals on the map, giving players who attack early the best chance to reap the rewards. Make no mistake, though; the fights against dangerous animals would be tough (and provide the strongest upgrades). Players could avoid the more dangerous battles if they choose, but they’d go into the final moments of the game with a much weaker arsenal than the competition that challenged the wildlife. On the surface, the mode would look like a by-the-books Battle Royale, but the unpredictable nature of Farcry’s animals would be a fun variation on the risk-reward scenario that is crucial to a good take on the mode.
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3.) The Last of Us Part 2
Likelihood of being added: Likely
Believe it or not, I think there’s a very good chance that we see this mode in the sequel to Naughty Dog’s classic survival game. It may be smaller scale, sure, but the mechanics of The Last of Us perfectly fit into the tropes of Battle Royale gameplay. Looting? Check. Playing carefully? Check. Balanced weapons? Check. Yet the best way to make an enjoyable version of the experience would be to do something new, and there’s one way to do that: double down on the crafting mechanics. Molotovs, bombs, traps, armor, and shivs are all things that would reward skilled play and careful searching. I’d also love to see the brutal melee combat of TLoU come into play, adding another layer to Battle Royale gameplay. Even more than that, though, the mode could make use of the awesome meta game seen in the prior version of The Last of Us multiplayer. This would offer real incentives to keep playing, as settlement supplies can be prevalent and winning can offer a boost to someone’s in-game community. With the looting, crafting, and meta game of The Last of Us multiplayer being as smooth as they are, a small-scale version of Battle Royale seems like a given.
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2.) Battlefield (2018)
Likelihood of being added: Very Likely
This is a combo that’s destined to happen, and thankfully, it’s already been teased by DICE themselves. The iconic environmental destruction of Battlefield games, combined with their plethora of huge maps and already high player counts, screams Battle Royale. Small but necessary features like healing items, weapon pickups, and reviving have already been a part of the series for years, as well as something a bit different: vehicles. While games like PUBG have incorporated jeeps and motorcycles, there has yet to be a Battle Royale mode that places a huge focus on vehicles. Battlefield could change that. Tanks, jets, and helicopters would be game-changing, and genuinely fun to avoid or use. Running (or hiding) from enemies in vehicles has always been an intense part of Battlefield multiplayer but being limited to a single life would make it even more exhilarating. It would take some balancing, but I would love to see the next game in the Battlefield series incorporate its vehicles into the mode.
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1.) Red Dead Redemption 2
Likelihood of being added: Very Likely
To me, this one seems like a given. Rockstar knows what players want; it’s mesmerizing how invested they’ve kept players in GTA Online for the past four years. With constant content updates, they brought in hundreds of thousands of players and never let them go, adding more to their already massive game. One of those updates was exactly what you’d expect given this list: a Battle Royale mode. The best word to describe it would be “simple”, as it was extremely barebones and one of many modes added over the years. However, I think there was more to this mode than Rockstar jumping on the popularity of the PUBG and Fortnite versions. I think it was a test, and I’m expecting them to create a fleshed-out version for Red Dead Redemption’s highly anticipated sequel. A Western Battle Royale mode would be unique on its own, but I’m sure Rockstar will have some clever twists ready to add to their version (horses, perhaps?). Red Dead 2 is sure to be a huge success and adding a Battle Royale mode will only make it more successful. I cannot wait to see what it looks like.
That's all for this week! What games would you like to see get a Battle Royale mode? Share them in the comments below!