Mavericks will have a 1000-player battle royale mode


The last time we saw Mavericks: Proving Grounds, developers Automaton said they were going to have 400 murderers running around in the forest hunting each other and tracking footprints with a deep bloodthirst. Now they are promising battles of 1000 players, fighting across 100 square miles of “deformable” terrain. These are big claims, yet to be proven, but at the PC Gaming Show during E3, they offered a brief “in-engine” trailer of what their large-scale firefights might look like.

Ah yes, the old “game engine” footage, good at demonstrating a feeling or an idea more than a finished reality. That first-person segment where the bullets land ages away from where the gun appears to be aiming is especially deserving of a harsh squint. But you’re here for the big numbers, not my journalistic caution. Here’s what the massive battles are all about, according to a statement released by the developers.

Available shortly after launch, these 1000-player battles will feature five-player squads dropped into a continually shrinking section of the game’s 16x16km (100 square miles) map to compete to the last team standing. 200 to 400-player solo and squad games will be available as standard from Mavericks’ early access release later in the year.

The garganto-shooter also promises wildlife, destructible environments and “terrain deformation”. That latter feature probably refers to big explosions or events that can change the map’s layout in convenient or inconvenient ways. “You can go so far as blowing up a bridge,” one of the developers told me in a previous interview.

A closed beta launches in August (you can sign up for that here) and they point out that while the battle royale modes come first (this winter, they say) there will also be a “persistent open world” that will come next year. Although it’s not yet clear how that MMO thingy works.

I’m skeptical anything can function with 1000 players, with or without the futuristic SpatialOS technology Automaton have been banging on about. Humans can’t even split a restaurant bill correctly when there’s more than six people eating, how are they supposed to fight across kilometres of terrain without getting into an argu– oh, right.

Check out our E3 2018 tag for more announcements, trailers, news, and goodness knows what else.


  1. Seafoam says:

    BATTLE ROYALE! We gottem boys! Yeeeehaaaw!

  2. mitrovarr says:

    Is that really an improvement? I mean, most of the gameplay experience is going to be the exact same as if it was smaller. There’s just a little bit lower chance of winning, really, and nothing else.

  3. brucethemoose says:

    Well, I’ve been wanting another true MMOFPS ever since I played PlanetSide 2… But I’m not sure I want this?

    Also, matchmaking times are going to be ridiculous unless there’s a “join a game in progress” feature. And that’s if there are enough players to even populate a map, 1000 concurrent players is no small feat.

  4. satan says:

    We reached peak Battle Royale in such a short space of time.

  5. Freud says:

    Chances are in a month or two after release the game will not have 1000 players online at the same time.

    Releasing multiplayer only games is, ironically, a bit of a battle royale in itself.

  6. ashleys_ears says:

    Do you think game developers ever halt their delirious race to one-up each other and ask “Wait, is this even a good idea?”

  7. racccoon says:

    Its a virus! BATTLE ROYALE sickening.
    why do Devs follow like they have think they have too?
    Why can’t they just let winners be winners and invent there own creations?
    If a game developer cannot think outside of the box any more do not be one.

    • BockoPower says:

      Because it’s the current gold mine and everything else goes under the radar and is not as profitable. You see Fortnite was almost dead until they made a BR mode. It’s far easier and safe for devs to just go with the flow and get the gold from the mine than wander around searching for diamonds with a stick.

  8. faircall says:

    Is Mavprogs the Plunkbat killer?

  9. Massenstein says:

    This could be the plunkbatbut I’ve been waiting for. More room to focus on sneaky bits instead of the shooty ones if I want to, and I do, since the shooting is just a necessarily evil of battle royales for me.

  10. Axolotl says:

    What? Another battle royale? Are all those companies deliberately trying to go bankrupt or something?

  11. Ham Solo says:

    I guess it will all depend on the games performance and optimization, the monetization and if it turns out to be as predatory as the one in PUBG.

    This might become a good alternative. But using “It’s BR but with 1000 people” alone is not a good argument.

  12. aircool says:

    Isn’t Battle Royale just old fashioned Deathmatch with permadeath and a few tweaks here and there?

  13. Artist says:

    200 Players? Maybe! 400? Hm, hardly!
    1000 players? Networked FPS? Math and physics tells the educated ones “no f-ing way”!

    • Clavus says:

      SpatialOS is actually pretty incredible tech though. In World’s Adrift it already shows it supports physics on MMO scale for example. Question remains if it’s able to deliver on the networking requirements for tight FPS combat.

  14. Tyler says:

    If this was 10,000+ players LOTR battle of Helms Deep server… That would be something. The ultimate one life battle.

  15. Stevostin says:

    That there are still game designer who thinks making it with 1000 player rather than 100 makes it more interesting is passed me.

  16. vahnn says:

    Still keeping an eye on this one, but uh… This trailer was pretty goofy and didn’t showcase any of the actual good things I’ve heard about the game. This just looked like a generic game with sloppy shooting mechanics set to a crappy song with a nice beat and bass to get people interested. Definitely not what I was hoping to see for the game.

  17. cpt_freakout says:

    FIVE hundred THOUSAND plunkBATS vying for existence in a WORLD where there IS only one RULE: sorbibe

  18. Red RaveN says:

    That’s nice, it’s almost just like how players now have about 1000 battle royale games to choose from.

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