Paladins Shamelessly Adds 'Battlegrounds' Mode

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Hero shooter Paladins is adding a new battle royale mode called “Battlegrounds,” an entirely unique addition that by no means is meant to reference any other game.

Paladins already looks a lot like Blizzard’s blockbuster first-person shooter Overwatch. Its all new game mode, showcased by a song that sounds a lot like 2002’s “Headstrong” by Trapt, features an island map where 100 players battle to be the last one standing. The YouTube description for the Paladins: Battlegrounds trailer reads, “Welcome to the first-ever hero-shooter battle royale.”

Announced at Hi-Rez Expo 2018, the mode will drop 100 players onto a big map and, as a fog closes in, players will have to knock out their opponents with weapons they find scattered about. Bombs will drop randomly on certain zones. A major variation is that Paladins champions have class abilities and, in Paladins: Battlegrounds, players will have mounts.

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Paladins isn’t the first game to copy-pasta PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which last year, took over the world of PC gaming. Last fall, third-person shooter/fort-building game Fortnite iterated on Battlegrounds’ premise with a battle royale mode. That mode, which is free, has become wildly popular in the months since its release.

Senior reporter at Kotaku.

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This is one of the things I don’t like about video games and movies these days. Though to be fair it’s always been an issue with movies. It’s the oh look that’s popular lets do it too mentality. I get that art pulls on what has come before it but sometimes that doesn’t make your art better when it’s not used to create something new and original it only serves to muddy the water and dilute what you’ve created.