Analyzing the Explosion of Battle Royale Games

In this episode of the podcast we recap the 5+ history of the battle royale game genre which has proven that it’s much more than just a fad. We first started looking at this topic in 2017 with our PUBG Podcast, as the battle royale genre moved from the online gaming underground into the mainstream. While this space has rapidly developed in recent years, we’ve just seen another massive jump in popularity, as EA unexpectedly published a new free to play battle royale game, Apex Legends. We discuss the significance of Apex Legends, the history of the genre, and what the future might hold.

Topics Discussed

  • Historical origins of “Battle Royal” going back centuries
  • The 2000 Japanese film “Battle Royale”
  • The Hunger Games mod in Minecraft
  • Brendan Greene and ARMA mods like DayZ
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite
  • The latest entry: Apex Legends
  • Tetris 99 and unconventional spin-offs
  • Other games we’re playing: Toejam & Earl, Alienation, Dope Game, and Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered