How Firestorm’s destruction changes the Battle Royale game

There is no shortage of Battle Royale games on the market and every newcomer must find a way to put its own spin on the genre. What does Battlefield V: Firestorm do? Destruction. Dice and EA recently released the long-awaited Battle Royale game mode Firestorm to Battlefield V. It is safe to say that it is late to the party; six months after the biggest competitor Call of Duty and released a mere month after the launch of the excellent Apex Legends. Same, but different I have played nearly every Battle Royale title on the market so far. What Firestorm […]

Can Apex Legends Become The New Battle Royale Genre Leader?

Apex Legends is the latest in a long line of titles attempting to jump on the battle royale bandwagon. From AAA releases like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to obviously derivative clones like Fortcraft. Success has varied but nobody has really come close to seizing the crown from Fortnite. Some purist fans of trend-setter PUBG might disagree but the genre belongs to Epic’s free-to-play juggernaut. That is until now at least, as Apex Legends has built some serious headwind after a phenomenal launch period. There’s a new kid in town and it may finally be the next step in […]

Can Games Developers Successfully Chase Trends?

Treyarch released their latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise with Black Ops 4 this month. With the series in decline, the Black Ops team have opted to jump on the latest trends with a battle royale mode. Chasing hugely successful pioneers Player Unknowns Battlegrounds and Fortnite. Treyarch are so confident in the mode they have redubbed ‘Blackout’ that the latest instalment in the first to offer no single player campaign. Call of Duty has an established fan base that they hope will help them succeed where so many others have failed. With games requiring such long development schedules, […]

Can Call of Duty Win The Battle Royale War?

When PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launched, it was a smash hit. It felt like everyone in the gaming community and their next of kin were prepping to drop into Erangel. It was a little rough around the edges, but the future was bright and full of promises – until that future finally arrived. To say that PUBG Corp. and Bluehole Studios have mismanaged the operations of their once-dominant battle-royale would be as massive of an understatement as your teammates’ claims that “this will be the round”. PUBG has not only taken severe hits from competitors such as Fortnite, but the game has […]

How Long Will the Battle Royale Fad Continue?

Get out your pitchforks folks, because here come a whole heap of controversial views regarding the burgeoning genre of battle royale games. Yes, since the overwhelming success of games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite it seems that every developer from Activision to Electronic Arts are frantically working to hop on the bandwagon to rake in some of that sweet battle royale moolah – but is that what this whole surge is, a bandwagon? There’s a lot to be said about the battle royale genre. The clever changes to the team deathmatch formula have given rise to some of […]

Twitch: The Platform That Changed The Way We Play Games

With over 3.1 million unique broadcasts per month Twitch is changing the face of entertainment. We trace the rise of the streaming platform and look at how it influences the playing habits of the gaming community. This September will herald the fourth annual TwitchCon event. It’s the corporeal representation of a service that has evolved dramatically over eleven years, establishing itself as one of the most visited sites on the internet. Starting out as Justin.tv in March 2007, Twitch’s forefather was the first 24/7 streaming platform. Originally just one station following the life of Yale graduate Justin Kan, it soon […]

A Welcome to Our Procedural Generation: The Future of Gaming

Procedural generation is becoming an increasingly popular tool in open world and sandbox games. Ambitious games such as Star Citizen and We Happy Few, intend to make use of the emerging trend in game design. With the success of the system in Ark: Survival Evolved it could become a major part of the future of game design. So what is procedural generation? Where did it come from? And will it be beneficial for the future of gaming? What is it? You’ve probably already encountered procedural generation, even though you may not know it. Put simply, it’s when game developers use […]

Microtransactions: A Controversial Topic

Beyond its success, microtransactions are facing a lot of questions and challenges as a business model. Microtransactions is the term used for purchases of in-game items such as boosters, outfits or gear. Despite the name, some of the transactions are not very ‘micro’. In some games, you can buy game content that cost over 100 dollars. Developers can view microtransactions as an additional source of revenue or completely design a game around the model. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you can buy keys to open crates with weapon skins and in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you do the same, but with clothing to […]

Early Access: Empty Promises?

Early Access is a great idea for developers and gamers alike, but is it working in practice? In 2013, Valve launched the Early Access program through the immensely popular digital distribution platform Steam. The idea was to create opportunities for developers to fund their existing projects and invite players to test and shape the game as part of the development process. It was by many regarded as a win-win, giving developers money at the same time as players could experience new games quicker. For indie developers, Early Access is the substitute for publishers and the relationship between the studio and […]