Battlerite Royale, the standalone battle royale spin-off (opens in new tab) of excellent MOBA brawler Battlerite (opens in new tab), is gliding into Early Access on Wednesday, and to mark the occasion developer Stunlock Studios has released a new trailer showing us how an average match will unfold.
Players will start by dropping from the sky and slamming into the ground—no parachutes necessary—before exploring either solo or in teams. You'll gather loot by destroying small purple orbs, or you can unlock bigger red orbs (see 0:26) for better loot, but it'll take longer and leave you vulnerable.
The combat still looks as good as it did in the original game, and the fact that it's all close quarters means that rounds are likely to keep going until the playable circle gets very small indeed—skip to 1:16 for an example of a tight final battleground. You can also see a decent flyover of the entire map at 0:51.
Battlerite Royale will cost $19.99 in Early Access, where it will remain for six months. When it launches for real, it'll be free-to-play, but you might have to pay for extra champions (Stunlock is still working out the details). It's fully-playable at the moment, and all the champions from Battlerite have been reworked to make sure they're suited to the battle royale setting.
During Early Access, Stunlock will add new maps, weapons and champions, it said.
Existing owners of Battlerite will get some battle royale bonuses, too. (opens in new tab)
Check out the Steam page here (opens in new tab).