Regardless of your attitude toward them, battle Royale games are now the integral part of the gaming. After the formula is established with PUBG and Fortnite, the fad continued to spread to all kind of games, each of them trying to somehow improve the formula.
Some of them feature cartoon-type graphics and fast base building, others adding some gritty realism, some make bigger maps and add more players, while others feature short and silly matches. However, people at Endless Loop Studios took quite a unique turn in their vision of battle royale genre. Now, you can build your own Battle Royale Arena, tailored by your own references in their latest game Battle Royale Tycoon.
This game is a management simulation about running your own Battle Royale business. You are the CEO of a Battle Royale Arena, and your task is to as Endless Loop says “design and build arenas for your guests to fight in, keep them happy, your workers paid and make a profit!” Battle Royale games are proven to be very profitable, so we really don’t think you’ll have to worry about that part of the deal. Seems that the focus of this game is making your visitors happy, which will take some work considering the aforementioned fact that everyone has their own idea of what ideal Battle Royale Arena should look like.
Your duties boil down to selecting an area to make a park, building park facilities, filling up a park with the combat arenas, and filling those Arenas with weaponry and obstacles. Something like Rollercoaster Tycoon, only with guns replacing the rides and blood substituting vomit.
In the beginning, you have a tutorial that will help you learn the ropes of managing a battle royale theme park, the gathering of people who like an occasional snack, drink, and putting bullets in each other’s face. Your starting buildings are quite modest, there is a target range with entrance and exit, and a little guy who manages targets and hands a gun to the customer. Of course, guns have to be bought and kept in warehouses and to keep them functional you will need a repair shop and a few more staff. Add a bathroom and some food and drink stalls and you’ve got yourself a small theme park.
Before building your epitome of the ideal Battle Royale arena, you have to start small with a simple deathmatch playfield. The next thing you build is 3 vs 3 capture the flag arena and finally, you get a chance for you to envision the ultimate Battle Royale battlefield. However, all the potential suspense is hindered by the employees, who always put the guns on the spawn points, so everyone starts with a gun, which kills the purpose of Battle Royale a bit. Also, the AI of the players is too clean. We don’t say you we really miss cheaters, people that hide until everyone else dies and stores where you can buy overpriced cosmetic items, but those are the elements that make a battle royale game.
We cannot really say this is a bad simulation/manager game, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe it’s just our infatuation with Battle Royale games that makes us want to see everything we like about it appropriately presented in a simulation game. Whatever the case, Battle Royale Tycoon is still in Early Access, so there’s a chance that they will improve a lot of things we complained to in this article. This is a unique approach to Battle Royale, and it would be a shame if this ultra-popular genre isn’t represented appropriately.