Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play fantasy shooter is coming to consoles - but can it take on the likes of Fortnite?

Realm Royale Will Go Head-To-Head With Fortnite

Battle royale games are everywhere now, and you can’t refresh the Steam store without seeing another PUBG clone, but not all of the offerings are asset-flips or copycats…

Hi-Rez Studios hit the big time when their free-to-play fantasy shooter, Realm Royale, became one of Steam’s top five most-played games in just two weeks of its launch. 

The game, formerly known as Paladins: Battlegrounds, will now be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with the closed beta starting next week. 

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The game’s official website doesn’t yet specify an exact date, but you can now sign yourself up to take part in the closed beta at RealmRoyale.com. 

Realm Royale confirms on its site: “Access keys for the Closed Beta will be available soon! While they aren’t available just yet, our partners overs at Microsoft and Sony are running promotions that allow players to express an early interest in gaining access to the game!” 

During the game’s early access over four million people ended up getting involved, with fans absolutely loving the Fornite-meets-World of Warcraft style of battle royale and fantasy gameplay. 

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The Steam store’s page for Realm Royale says: “Be the last Champion standing in Realm Royale 

“Choose a class, then loot deadly weapons and powerful abilities to create your own Champion.  

“Explore a fantasy world from horseback, and craft game-changing legendary gear. Can you survive the first 100-person fantasy Battle Royale?” 

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To stand out in a market that’s currently saturated with battle royale games is no easy feat, with lots of developers trying to ride the wave of free-to-play multiplayer games spurred by the overwhelming success of PUBG and Fortnite.

The fantasy element of Realm Royale is where it really shines though, and you’ll have a mount, can hammer at forges and take your place in a huge map along with 99 other players for a wild fantasy-style battle. 

Rory Newbrough, executive producer of Realm Royale stated: “Since Realm Royale first released on PC, the top three questions on social media have been ‘Console?,’ ‘PS4?,’ and ‘Xbox?.’ 

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“I’m not sure if any of those are actually questions, they were more like demands. But we understand our community wants Realm Royale on console, and we’re thrilled to announce console closed beta testing starts next week.” 

PC is the most traditional place to find a battle royale game, but with huge behemoths like PUBG and Fortnite to tackle, maybe bringing the fun to console means even more success for the free-to-play shooter?

Check out the trailer below!

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Will you be taking part in the console closed beta of Realm Royale, or will you be too busy practising your Fortnite tactics?