Game developer Boss Key Productions have released Radical Heights, a Battle Royale set to rival PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite.
The team behind Gears of War and LawBreakers are joining the biggest genre of the year. Despite being released in ‘x-treme early access’, the Steam release, Radical Heights, is the latest Battle Royale game. The game uses the same format of dropping 100 players into a map to battle until one person stands. This is a fundamental part of the genre, following the of success of PUBG and Fortnite, as you then scurry for loot. The trailer below is worth a watch.
Radical Heights has implemented money as a form of loot, allowing players to buy supplies and weapons at vendors. Currently, weapons bought show little improvement to loot found in the game, but it’s assumed this will change with further updates. The money found can also been ‘cashed in’ to make purchases in future games.
Described as ‘chaotic’, the game boasts a new idea for the damage zone, replacing the usual circle with randomly spawned areas. The map is described on the Steam store page as “a sunny SoCal dome”. It further goes on to say “…building a wealth of cash is as important as taking down the competition in this irreverent 80s-themed action game show”
Dev’s say that the game’s extreme early-access has been released to add their unique twists and ideas to the community. Concerns about the in-game money have been reported, with players hoping this isn’t a pay-to-win scheme. There’s also reports of fragment dips and rubber-banding which will hopefully be fixed prior full release.
It will be interesting to see how Radical Heights can change the Battle Royale genre and if it can compete with larger names.