It’s Aries season, Women’s History Month, the start of spring, and Kotaku Royale week. What’s that last one, you ask? Well, we’re spending all week bringing you exclusive interviews with the teams behind your favorite battle royales, pointed opinions about the state of Warzone and the genre at large, hot takes on Fornite dance emotes, common player archetypes, and much more.
Whether you main a specific Apex Legends character, have a favorite Warzone loadout, or just casually drop into Fortnite with some friends, we’ll have something here for you. If you suck at battle royales, don’t worry, some of us do, too. There’s no judgement here. Coming later this week we’ll have a story about fashion, a creative love letter to certain players, and even someone lamenting the loss of the original Call of Duty battle royale, Blackout—among other things.
Everything you see here was written specifically for this week—we’re not re-upping old stories, but delivering brand new content that reflects the current state of the battle royale. It’s the biggest genre in games, so there’s a lot to cover.
We’ll make sure to regularly update this page so that you can read all the piping hot takes, so bookmark this to make your life a little easier. It’s Kotaku Royale, your one-stop-shop for all things loot, Legends, and more.
Laurice ‘GuhRL’ Habibi, Isabella ‘Avuhlie’ Rivera, Kornelia ‘Sabz’ Zawistowska, and Jane ‘Janey’ Newstead on making TSM history.
The fast-paced and impeccably designed Resurgence map reinvigorated Call of Duty.
I’m pretty good at most shooters, but games like Fortnite make me wish I could use snipers.
The plot behind Epic’s massive battle royale deservers more appreciation than it gets.
It seems that the simple premise of winner-take-all is where the magic happens.
Blackout, first introduced in 2018’s Black Ops 4, has a dedicated player base who won’t leave even after Warzone 2.0.
Whether you’re playing Fortnite or Warzone, here are some battle royale player stereotypes.
Leave Fortnite’s new katanas behind, Naraka: Bladepoint is the melee-focused brawler you need.
Epic has been taken music licensing to new levels to fill out Fortnite’s radio stations.
A genre growing in popularity over the years, extraction shooters like Escape from Tarkov and Warzone’s DMZ shake up the BR formula.
Apex Legends’ designers pull from Titanfall lore and fashion trends like gorpcore and techwear.
From nail-biting finishes to thrilling multi-kills, these clips celebrate everything we love about battle royales.
From Rumbleverse to Spellbreak, the popular battle royale genre is littered with corpses.