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BATTLEGROUNDS features collaboration with PLAYERUNKNOWN, creator of the fan-favorite “Battle Royale” game modes for Arma 3 and H1Z1. In development for PC using Unreal Engine 4, BATTLEGROUNDS expands the core “Battle Royale” experience enjoyed by millions of players into a highly competitive player-versus-player (PvP) game in a dynamic open world.
A player in game, reloading their automatic rifle

BATTLEGROUNDS will put up to 64 players on a remote island for a winner-takes-all showdown where strategic gameplay is as important as shooting skills. Players try to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies in a graphically and tactically rich battleground. Eventually, the game forces players into a shrinking safe area as they engage in a tense and spectacular fight to the death.

From Modder for Modders

An image of PLAYERUNKNOWN standing in front of the Bluehole logoPLAYERUNKNOWN was one on the top of the world at this year’s PAX West convention. After having worked to make “Battle Royale” a smash hit, BATTLEGROUNDS is his chance to make the game from the ground up how he has always envisioned.

Without the limits of being made in another game, weapon mods and other elements can be refined and modified to fit the direct needs of the game. Since “Battle Royale” was born from a mod and turned into a huge success, PLAYERUNKNOWN is hopeful BATTLEGROUNDS will provide modders with the needed tools to make the next game-changing mod.

Open Development

From start to finish, Bluehole is committed to an “open development” philosophy and is all about sharing regular updates, providing early information and addressing feedback. Their dev blog is open to anyone who wants to take a peek and follow along.

A player driving a buggyEven though they are very early in development, they have had no problems sharing videos and screenshots to fans eagerly awaiting the game.

The Game

While the game is still in early alpha phases, gameplay and mechanics are already in place for matches to be played, but the gameplay looks great for something that started just five months ago! Anyone who has played their share of “Battle Royale” in Arma 3 or H1Z1 will feel right at home in BATTLEGROUNDS.

If this game has caught your attention, you can follow along on the dev blog, on Facebook or Twitter. With a plan to release in the first half of next year, you won’t have to wait long to get in on the action!

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