With the recent success of games like PUBG and Fortnite, there is a new battle royale game on the horizon. Mavericks Proving Grounds, which was previously called Project X, is promising a 400 player battle royale mode which will be out this year and a 1000 player MMO that is launching in 2019.
The UK developers, Automaton Games, were founded in 2015 and consist of members that have worked on other MMO’s and AAA titles. The only title that Automaton has developed themselves is the horror game, Deceit that is free to play on Steam. Although it was a bit repetitive, it received mostly good reviews due to it’s fast paced combat and concept based on trust and deception.
Mavericks Proving Grounds will most likely be released for PC and will be run on CryEngine, the game engine that is also run on games like Evolve, Crysis, and Far Cry. There is only a short trailer out now of the game and it doesn’t give you much to work with. However, the game designers have described that the game will consist of “strong character progression, social hubs, intelligent mission systems and global-scale player-driven narrative”. Other features include a 12 km squared map, destructible environments and physically correct gameplay such as day and night and weather effects.
At this point in time, Planetside 2 is the only shooter that offers warfare on this kind of scale. If you enjoyed Planetside 2 or even games like PUBG or Fortnite, that is not a reason to get too hyped for Mavericks. There is too little information known about the game, and far too many games (like No Man’s Sky and The Division) that have not lived up to the hype within the last few years.
There will be more information to come at Game Developers Conference in March that should help determine whether this game should be kept on your radar.
If you would like to sign up for the beta you can do so here.