'PUBG' gets more competition as 'Paladins' adds battle royale game mode

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Hi-Rez Studios announced today that their free-to-play, hero-based shooter Paladins will add a battle royale-style mode, the first ever for the hero shooter genre, under the very familiar title Paladins: Battlegrounds.

Without question, the two most popular online shooter franchises right now are Blizzard's hero-based Overwatch and PUBG Corporation's battle-royale PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds. The Paladins spin on the mode will come, of course, in the variety of abilities employed by their roster of champions. Will Battle Royale work well with Paladins?

Announced at Hi-Rez Expo 2018, the mode will drop 100 players onto a big map and, as a fog closes in, players will have to knock out their opponents with weapons they find scattered about. The latest addition to the growing list of such games is Paladins, the class-based FPS by Hi-Rez Studios. Players will be able to throw the usual objective-focused gameplay of modes like Siege, Payload and Onslaught out of the way in a mode where taking out the enemy team is the only thing that matters. It will be available alongside a new map, Trade District.




Finally, it wouldn't be an Hi-Rez Expo without Hi-Rez Studios partnering up with Twitch to bring in free content to Twitch Prime members. You can check out a video of both Moji and her dragon above. Like other Battle Royale game modes, only one team can survive!

Esports Insider says: We're going to see a whole lot of battle royale type games appear this year trying to grab a slice of the pie that PUBG has beautifully baked this year. With the console players getting it a week later on January 17.

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