Games in the battle royale genre are without a doubt one of, if not the most popular games being played right now with heavy hitters like Fortnite and PUBG reigning supreme. Big titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield have even announced that they’re throwing their hats in the BR ring, too. At E3 2018, an ambitious new contender, Mavericks: Proving Grounds made their own announcement.

The game, being developed by Automaton Games, had a trailer shown at the PC Gaming Show during this year’s E3. On top of that, it was announced that Mavericks: Proving Grounds would be getting a closed beta this year. The beta will be free and takes place in August.

While the beta will be free, spots are limited, as the developer is only accepting 100,00 testers for it. Those interested can sign up for the beta on the game’s website and have until June 17th to register. The game is supposed to hit early access later this year and the way it looks to set itself apart from its competitors is with its scale. The developers are touting that there will be a mode that can have 400 players in the same match, all in squads of four.

There will still be the standard 100 player battles and a mode is also being worked on that will see 1000 players doing battle on a larger map. The developer has stated it wants to change the battle royale formula in more ways than just larger player counts. A teaser trailer for the game was released earlier this year.

The battle royale aspect of the game has been said to be just “Phase 1” of the game, according to Automaton Games. “Phase 2” is slated to bring more RPG elements, along the lines of an MMO, to the game and is what will try to bring the player count closer to 1000. The new mode is supposed to have open world survival elements, as well. Phase 2 is currently scheduled to be released at some point in 2019.

Fans of the battle royale genre may want to keep their eyes on this title, even if just to see what it looks to add to the current formula. As stated earlier, those gamers whose interest has been piqued enough by Mavericks ambitions can sign up for the closed beta to try it themselves.

Mavericks: Proving Grounds does not have a set release date, but will launch in early access winter of 2018 with the closed beta being in August.

Source: PC Gamer

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