Free-to-play action game Paladins, most commonly compared to 2015 breakout Overwatch, might be getting a new reference point in the public consciousness thanks to a new mode called Battlegrounds.
Greater than the sum of its parts? Hi-Rez Studios' Paladins has been compared to more famous games since it was first unveiled in 2015.
At that point, the closest touchstones for a fast-paced, team-based, cartoon-style shooter with a roster of fantasy heroes were Valve Corp's free standards Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2.
Added into the Paladins mix was a dose of card-collecting strategy – Blizzard's digital card game Hearthstone had exploded across the gaming landscape in 2014, while another studio, Respawn, integrated a card-playing mechanic into its highly anticipated sci-fi shooter Titanfall.
But when Paladins landed in 2016, Blizzard's first-person team shooter Overwatch was all the rage, and Paladins was initially regarded as a free Overwatch-lite.
Fast forward to 2018 and it's not as if early 2017's breakout hit PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is short of overt homages.
Most notable among them, Fortnite: Battle Royale, which mimics the intense 100-person island survival action of PUBG while adding its own twists through greater elevation, on-the-fly fortress construction, and trap deployment.
Lest anyone forget Paladins in all this PUBG madness, Hi-Rez has unveiled plans for a new mode, Paladins: Battlegrounds, which funnels its hero-shooter into a Battle Royale format.
At least PUBG is a more favourable reference point than Star Wars Battlefront II, which came in for a considerable amount of flak over its micro-transaction system, and to which Paladins was compared after a December update.
Elsewhere, upcoming World War I tank-robot strategy Iron Harvest released a Tech & Controls Demo video for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game.
Seven years old this year, epic role-playing adventure The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the subject of multi-team fan expansion project Beyond Skyrim, whose second trailer for the icy Atmora region doubles as a call for talent to help out with future development.
More imminently, explorative flying game InnerSpace (not the 1987 movie, nor the Canadian rock band) takes place in a universe – an inverse – where planets are inverted.
Players fly around the inside of a planet knowing there is sky, sea, and land in every direction.
The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, InnerSpace is due on January 16 with the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Mac, Windows and Linux as its destinations. — AFP Relaxnews