Five Games That Would Benefit from a Battle Royale Mode

By Mark Delaney, 10 months ago
2017 was the year of PUBG, but it's likely 2018 will be the year of the battle royale mode. From Dying Light to Paladins, it seems everyone is adding the popular mode to their multiplayer suites — and why not? It's the biggest thing in the gaming world right now, as Fortnite and PUBG are both successful enough to support millions of players every month.

When something works in this industry, you can expect to see it several more times. We should all agree that we haven't yet seen the last of games adding this mode. It'll happen a few times this year at a minimum, and likely continue into 2019 as long as the trend remains so popular. Everyone wants in on the action. Here are five games we think could suit the mode well, with some interesting variations in each title.

Far Cry 5

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It seems the next Far Cry will be without competitive multiplayer at launch, and judging by the season pass details, we won't be getting any such mode that way either. But Ubisoft surely shouldn't mind going down the Fortnite route of releasing a free alternate version of the game that would be monetized with loot boxes of some kind to justify the dev work. The world of Far Cry games is always expansive and varied in its terrain, with plenty of opportunities for tense showdowns like so many have come to love in PUBG. The added element of AI wild animals running around ruining your stealthy survival tactics could be a great twist on the genre. Really you could add this mode to almost any Ubisoft series and it may work well. That reminds us...

Tom Clancy's The Division

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It's kind of weird how The Division doesn't yet have a battle royale mode. The game is still receiving updates though, so it's not too late to expect one later this year. The world doesn't offer as many interiors, which in PUBG is half the fun, but with some tweaking in that regard, the post-bacterial apocalypse of New York could be a fantastic setting. The PvP areas of the game have already shown how the player base really enjoys this type of thing. Now it just needs the battle royale alterations, like the shrinking map and resource scavenging and it could really revitalize itself and help pay for the inevitable sequel.

Batman

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Okay hear us out. The game could be set in Gotham, but rather than involve Batman or his allies and enemies, we could all run around as common criminals trying to survive in the world's most dangerous city. Maybe there's a great hero shooter in here too, with a full rogues and heroes gallery, but we'll save that thought for another day. We know Rocksteady is working on something, and even as it's assumed they've washed their hands of Batman at this point, we can still dream, can't we? We've had a few Batman multiplayer experiences over the past decade, but nothing like this before, and it definitely scratches a serious itch for fans of DC's finest property who are always ready for an excuse to return to the city of Gotham.

Call of Duty

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Of all the games on this list, this one is perhaps the least exciting. That's partly because our community seems pretty lukewarm on the Call of Duty series at this point, despite the player numbers each year. Industrywide, however, Call of Duty is still the biggest game annually. We don't expect to see it for WWII, even though it would fit, but whatever this November's latest game in the series turns out to be, we feel pretty confident in assuming it'll have some version of a battle royale mode in the game. In fact, there's only one game we're more confident will offer such a mode. See below.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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It really feels like there's a 100% chance that Red Dead Redemption 2 either launches with or eventually adds a battle royale mode. Okay, maye 95% if we're trying to be most accurate. It would fit in GTA too for that matter, but something about PUBG with horses just sounds really awesome, doesn't it? It's likely Rockstar delayed the game recently to apply their usual unrivaled polish, but is it a stretch to believe they may also be working on the game's battle royale mode for its new October due date? If this one doesn't eventually offer such a mode, I'll eat my cowboy hat.

Don't hold me to that. I don't even own a cowboy hat.


Surely these aren't the only five games that would suit the popular mode well. It's even more likely we'll see many more games get battle royale additions whether they suit the mode well or not. Which games or series would you like to see introduce battle royale?
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is the host of the community game club TA Playlist. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his family. He almost never writes in the third person.