Paladins is getting a battle royale mode called Battlegrounds

Paladins is getting a battle royale mode called, er, Battlegrounds

Hi-Rez Studios announced today that their free-to-play, hero-based shooter Paladins will add a battle royale-style mode, the first ever for the hero shooter genre, under the very familiar title Paladins: Battlegrounds. Now, developer Hi-Rez wants the game to challenge the current most played game on the internet: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Hi-Rez has also announced that the game will feature maps at over 300 times the square footage of its standard Paladins Siege maps - that's pretty big. A major variation is that Paladins champions have class abilities and, in Paladins: Battlegrounds, players will have mounts.

Paladins' iteration of battle royale will be called Battlegrounds.

Players will also find a new Team Deathmatch mode with a new Trade District map.

An alpha of Paladins' Battlegrounds is playable at this week's Hi-Rez Expo, and the full release is expected later in 2018.

Check out the trailer for the new Paladins Battlegrounds mode.

Like other battle royale games, each match will start with a maximum of 100 players in a large map for a maximum time of 20 minutes. The game's developers have said that the mode was always meant to be a team effort, with players using the abilities of their heroes to claim victory, while also gathering loot from around various bases and finding airdrops that contain loot. Moji is Paladins' 35th hero, not to mention a member of the new Leipori race. Moji is a bit on the diminutive side, but she'll ride into battle aboard a two-headed dragon mount. That mode, which is free, has become wildly popular in the months since its release.

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