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Paladins Announces Battle Royale Game Mode

From IGN - January 4, 2018
By Austin Wood

Free-to-play hero shooter Paladins is getting a battle royale mode called - wait for it - Battlegrounds.

Developer Hi-Rez announced that Paladins: Battlegrounds will be free-to play, and drops 100 players into 20-minute matches set on a large map. There, teams of players fight over the loot of "more than four dozen outposts" and chase "zeppelins that drop legendary gear" as encroaching fog corrals them into ever-tighter skirmishes. The last team standing wins.

Paladins: Battlegrounds was "designed from the ground up to be played in teams," Hi-Rez said, and will retain the main game's class-based team composition. Mounts will also be usable.

Ahead of its battle royale mode, Paladins will also receive a content update this month (January 10 on PC and January 17 on consoles). This will be the first of a string of updates headlined by another new game mode: Team Deathmatch.

Team Deathmatch is exactly what it sounds like: a mode where your only objective is killing enemy heroes. It will launch alongside the new Trade District map.

A new hero is also on the way: Moji, a Flank hero who rides a two-headed dragon. Moji is Paladins' 35th hero, not to mention a member of the new Leipori race.

Finally, a new mount type, Battle Cats, is coming this year. The first of the Battle Cats is the Primal Prowler, which will only be available to Twitch Prime subscribers.

Paladins is the latest game to hop on the battle royale fad kickstarted by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' runaway success. PUBG, for reference, recently hit three million concurrent players on Steam, an unprecedented figure.

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