When it comes to Battle Royale games, it can seem like an endless sea of clones at this point. It can be hard to take one seriously amidst this post PUBG/Fortnite world we live in, after all. However, one upcoming Battle Royale title seems to be set to change all of that, providing a unique spin on the genre that stays true to popular fiction. That game goes by the title of Mavericks: Proving Grounds, and it's currently in development by studio Automaton Games. While you'll get your chance to try it here soon enough, it's important to learn what sets Mavericks apart from the competition, and why it may be the Battle Royale game for you.
When one thinks of Battle Royale outside of the context of video games, they think of films/novels like The Hunger Games, or Koushun Takami's aptly titled Battle Royale. These stories have the same formula of pitting groups of people against each other in death matches, but with the added element of a dystopian world or society causing that. Mavericks wants to bring that intriguing element to Battle Royale video games. "The Battle Royale and Hunger Games films are really interesting," says Automaton Games CEO James Thompson. "Not because of the match that happens, but because of the broader context of the world that happens inside of. Mavericks brings that." It's no exaggeration either, as the game features a sprawling open world with lush visuals and lore to find, allowing players to go and explore it outside of matches as well as in.
The same Battle Royale formula still applies here; dozens of players fighting to see who remains on top at the end. The biggest difference in that regard is Mavericks' promise of 1,000 player matches, a staggeringly huge number and one that suits its more detail oriented open world better. The environment in the game is destructible to a degree, with players and wildlife leaving marks, ammo, trails of blood, in order to give other players clues as to their whereabouts. Gathering loot must be done carefully, as it can attract other players to your position. Automaton is hoping that by the time the game fully releases, it will be more akin to an open world RPG or MMORPG instead of a pure Battle Royale title. The game has a central hub where players can interact, talk to NPCs, and get quests, features that will be introduced later down the line.
All in all, Mavericks is looking like a refreshing and different take on the popular formula. The good news is you can try it out for yourself very soon. Mavericks: Proving Grounds will be holding an open beta this August, which you can sign up for completely free on their official website. An extended beta will take place in October, preluding the full Early Access release this December. The initial beta will see a constrained total player amount, with the 1,000 count starting later on. From the sounds of things, the game will start mostly in its Battle Royale format, and add the more RPG-like elements next year. So far, the only known platform it will be available on is Windows PC, but we'll see if it comes to anything else in the future. Mavericks will be completely free of charge, but you can become a subscriber for $60 a year for additional perks! You can view its E3 trailer below to get a sense of what it's all about!