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Realm Royale is Slowly Becoming a Crowd Favorite

Hi-Rez Studios—the team that developed the 3rd person MOBA battle of the gods, Smite, and the unique class-based 1st person shooter, Paladins: Champions of the Realm, have finally released their own rendition of Battle Royale: Realm Royale.

The game was initially announced back in 2016 under the name Paladins Battlegrounds until PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came into existence on March 2017. On the first quarter of 2018, Hi-Rez returned with the game after all the BR hype with a new title called Paladins: Realm Royale. Last April, the game was open through private servers via entering a special code.

The game was initially the same flavor of any BR game except this one includes playing your favorite Champion from Paladins such as Kinessa, Cassie, Viktor, and Fernando. However, because of the wide 4×4 map, certain champions like Pip and Bomb King had issues as they would always just get easily killed from afar by a sniper and flanking champs. Thus, Hi-Rez pulled out the game and had to revitalize it so no one would feel unfair.

As I have mentioned earlier, the game got its alpha servers online early this April. There was little to information about what is going on in the now-called Paladins: Realm Royale. Some YouTubers leaked details about the game such as everyone playing as the generic military dude and the ability to go horseback anytime in the open map. They said it also featured swords as their equivalent to Fortnite’s pickaxe and it had a unique crafting system. But that was it and nothing else. The servers went offline after 2 weeks of testing.

Now here we are with the existence of Realm Royale—removing the Paladins part so that the latter title will still be unique Hi-Rez’ newest battle royale game.

Surprisingly, it did not want to be identical to Paladins anymore—none of the champs, none of the same heroic perks and none of the themes at all.  Seems like Hi-Rez really wants to put this game on the map.

On June 5th, Realm Royale was finally released on Steam as Early Access:

Here is a preview and behind-the-scenes look of how Hi-Rez managed to establish the game:

  • If you’re into battle royale but just want something different, you might really want to try Realm Royale because it is just so unique. Here are some of the details that you might want to take a look:
  • A class system that you can choose from before the game starts: Warrior, Engineer, Assassin, Hunter and Mage.
  • Everyone starts off with a knife in hand.
  • No parachutes. You directly dive in to the map. And no, this is not as horrible as it was in Radical Heights.
  • 0 fall damage. As in whatever you do, you’re invulnerable from colliding to the floor from way up high. Sure, it sounds like the immersion of war isn’t there but come on, you can stack up giant wooden forts in an instant in Fortnite.
  • Finding gear depends on your class. Say, for example, you’re a Hunter but you found an Engineer’s gear in a loot, you cannot equip that at all. This leaves everyone prone to more danger if they don’t find the appropriate gear.
  • You don’t like what you got? You can just disintegrate them into shards. I’d say that’s much better than just picking up random stuff and leaving some.
  • These shards are your essential material for crafting healing potions, shields, or custom weapons and armor at the Forge.
  • The Forge—Realm Royale’s main bread and butter as this is the most important place for players to craft their exclusive items. It takes a minute to craft weapons and armor from Rare to Legendary and 30 seconds for Potions.
  • If you feel like you’re just treading on the fields for too long, just press Z and you get a mount in no time. What say you, vehicles?
  • If you get killed, you don’t get killed right away. Instead you become a funny-looking chicken while holding a white flag. When you become this, you can flee from your enemies for 30 seconds. If you manage to survive those 30 seconds, you can resurrect back into the fight with some partial health. No need for teammates to revive you. They just have to watch you cross the road.
  • And finally, the most important of all, no microtransactions. Yes, you read that right, everything here is completely free while on Early Access. Payable cosmetics will only be available upon its full release. For that, I highly respect them.

Hi-Rez may be known to a majority as rip-offs from popular games of specific multiplayer genres however they’re more notable for making these genres to play and perform much better than the competition. If anything, Hi-Rez Studios is an unsung hero of video games.

Realm Royale Receives Loves from Popular Streamers

Hi-Rez Studios’ very own rendition of battle royale looks very promising: a unique twist to the already-popular multiplayer genre that you cannot find in any current BR game. This may as well be the 3rd contestant in the ever-growing competition of being the best battle royale game right beside Epic Games’ Fortnite and Bluehole’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Continue reading “Realm Royale Receives Loves from Popular Streamers”

Have Twitch Fans Become Better or Worse?

Ever since 2011, live streaming was never the same again as well as gamers. The world was not prepared for what live streaming will become over the next 7 years as technology evolved as well as connections between society. Twitch has, if I’m not mistaken, evolved video streaming as well as evolving gamers from basement-dwelling losers into highly-respected individuals that make more money than those whose who work in soul-sucking corporate businesses doing tedious paperwork from 9 to 5. Twitch has definitely taken the world by storm and has undoubtedly made gamers light up in a society that deems such community as scoundrels and exiles.

Non-gamers have always said that video games are nothing—that it is just something that occupies us from doing what they want us to do such as working in a corporate job like a slave or try to be like any person looking to be one with society. At some point, gamers have always been an outcast from society—mainly because video games, even though it has reached the mainstream, is still new to the culture. Remember when television was new and used to be bashed out from other forms of media back then such as books and sports? Well, look at how embraced it is now to modern society. Video games are still at that point of acceptance from the major population. There will be a time when gaming will no longer be seen as how non-gamers see it today. Continue reading “Have Twitch Fans Become Better or Worse?”

PUBG Showcases on E3 with New Features Despite Community Uproars

In an unexpected announcement, Bluehole has unveiled a brand-new update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds during the Microsoft press conference on June 11, 2018. If you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look here:

It seems like they rounded up all the accomplishments they’ve made from various game modes, the 3 different maps and weapon skins. This winter season, PUBG will receive a totally different map set in the snow. There are no details as to how large the map is or which countries it was inspired from but we’ll get to know soon. Continue reading “PUBG Showcases on E3 with New Features Despite Community Uproars”

E3 Day 3: Nintendo Stops the World from Moving with the Latest Smash Reveal

E3 2018 has been full of exciting sequels and wonderful remakes from already-beloved series: Halo, Gears of War, Soul Calibur, Spyro, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Resident Evil, and The Last of Us are to name a few.

So what did Nintendo do to lure back the audience after Microsoft and Sony? 3 words: Super. Smash. Bros.

The ongoing fighting game since the late 90s is finally back and it’s finally going to be released this December of 2018 so you should definitely stick around by then or finally buy a Switch if you haven’t.

Nintendo claims Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the Smash game with the biggest roster to date, including all of the characters from the very first game. If you think Avengers Infinity War was the biggest crossover in pop culture, wait till you get a load of Smash Ultimate. Continue reading “E3 Day 3: Nintendo Stops the World from Moving with the Latest Smash Reveal”

LoL Patch 8.11 Jumbles the Meta Switching Certain Champions to Different Roles

My friend Louis called me up during the weekend to tell me about how League has some really weird changes when he got to play that morning. “Dude, ADC Yasuo.” I was like what the heck? I wasn’t aware of the situation until I saw the patch notes as well as statistic boards of the League of Legends.

Riot Games have either messed up the game even further or made it even more fun. Patch 8.11 has to be one of the biggest changes in both the items and the champions themselves, flipping the League table upside to having champions earn higher win rates in unlikely roles.

Oh and also Pyke. Pyke’s cool. Ridiculous “Support” champ that players prefer him on Top or Jungle. Continue reading “LoL Patch 8.11 Jumbles the Meta Switching Certain Champions to Different Roles”

Fortnite Shows Up in E3 with a Charity Competition Featuring Celebrities

Perhaps the biggest viewership to date, Fortnite lit up on Twitch with more than 1 million viewers tuning in to the first ever Fortnite Pro-Am competition with $3M at stake to give to charity. The players are separated into duos, making this an exciting matchup of unlikely partners battling each other for a chance to donate to their desired charity and for bragging rights.

June 12 was a day of triumph for Epic Games’ massively successful Battle Royale game, Fortnite. Continue reading “Fortnite Shows Up in E3 with a Charity Competition Featuring Celebrities”

E3 Day 2 – Sony Wows the Audience with Amazing New Games

Just like that, with a handful of high profile games, Sony clearly has won E3…so far. Although I have to admit it seems like Sony had a tough competition versus Microsoft since the latter has brought justice for their poor presentation last year. But on the second day of E3, PlayStation fans along with Ubisoft loyalists are excited about the upcoming games.

Everyone is delighted by the surprises by what the PS4 will have to offer for its consumers for the next 2 years. Even if you aren’t a PlayStation owner, you’d still be hyped after seeing so many wonderful games that will come out within the remainder of 2018 and the rest of 2019; Another bizarre cinematic by Hideo Kojima, a return of a classic survival horror game, a PS exclusive for the Marvel fans, a brand-new samurai game that fans call it the “Assassin’s Creed Japan we never got,”, a round of Ubisoft games and the much-awaited sequel to Naughty Dog’s highest-rated game of all time. Let’s get to it: Continue reading “E3 Day 2 – Sony Wows the Audience with Amazing New Games”