Our Paladins: Battlegrounds guide contains everything you need to know about the new mode, with tips, tricks and strategy advice to be added at launch.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody at all, the push for Battle Royale modes continues in 2018, following the breakout success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) last year. Paladins is after its piece of the action as well, with a new mode - Paladins: Battlegrounds - announced by Hi-Rez at this year's HRX studio expo.
If you're unfamiliar with the base game, Paladins is a battleground brawler that sees ten players compete in teams of five to push payloads and take objectives. If you've played games like Overwatch then you'll have a fair idea of what to expect here. The upcoming Battlegrounds mode, however, will see 100 players fight in groups to be the last team standing on a much, much larger map.
Although we're still a way out from seeing a release for the mode (Q1 2018 is the most recent window given by the developers), we wanted to bring together everything that's known about Battlegrounds in one place. That way you can stay up to speed with all the latest developments, and in a single article that'll be updated continuously.
Once the game is actually out in the wild, we'll be playing it extensively and adding comprehensive guides to mastering every aspect of it. We'll make sure everything's linked to from this same article, so make sure you keep it bookmarked for ongoing reference.
Paladins Battlegrounds FAQ
Here are the basic facts about the new Battlegrounds mode. This should bring you up to speed nice and quickly.
- Battlegrounds is a new mode for Paladins that will see 100 players fight against one another in teams, on a map much larger than typical Paladins battlegrounds. The devs have explained that the island itself is approximately 4.5km squared, with 50 defined areas. It's apparently more than 350 times bigger than the existing maps!
- Players will be separated into teams consisting of two to four. These teams must then scavenge the map for weapons, and see off all other threats to become the last team standing.
- The name of the game here is survival. Choose your fights carefully, or just let the competition whittle itself down before you go in for the final kill. We do know that Hi-Rez intends for close-range fights to take place early on in the match though, and then frequently from there as the round plays out.
- Just like in the base game, you will need to commit to a single hero (or Champion to use the in-game terminology) for the duration of the match in question.
- As the matches wear on, characters will become increasingly powerful, although the precise mechanics of this have not yet been confirmed by Hi-Rez Studios. We do know that unique items - contained in chests - will be available in this mode, however.
- As a rough rule of thumb, Hi-Rez anticipates that matches will last between twenty and thirty matches. If you're taken out early, you can queue for a match right away.
- If you die in Paladins Battlegrounds, you'll be turned into a chicken. If you can somehow flee, avoid taking further damage, and fight a friendly teammate, then you can be resurrected back into a fighting Champion once again.
- Mounts will be available in Paladins Battlegrounds, allowing players to travel greater distances much faster than if they just walked there.
To get an idea of how Paladins: Battlegrounds looks in action, check out this final match from the exhibition tournament from this year's Hi Rez Expo:
How do Champion unlocks work in Paladins Battlegrounds?
At any given time a selection of completely free Champions will be able to play as part of a given rotation (the length of which we don't yet know). In addition to these characters, there'll be another random selection of Champions which you can play as long as you own them.
Players on both teams will have access to the same collection of Champions at the start of each match.
How does loot work in Paladins Battlegrounds?
There are three ways of getting more powerful items in Paladins Battlegrounds. Typically you can rummage through the many loot chests that are sprinkled around the map, or you can just grab items off someone you've just killed.
Alternatively, special zeppelins will arrive from time to time and drop particularly powerful chests onto the map. You can expect to receive the very best upgrades from looting these items, but the flipside is that you can expect every other nearby player to try and do exactly the same thing!
Will the be a “storm cloud” in Paladins Battlegrounds?
If you've played games like Fortnite: Battle Royale or PUBG, you'll be familiar with the concept of a “storm cloud” (which goes by different names in different games).
Its purpose is very consistent across all games, however. To prevent players from simply camping up and hiding on the map, waiting for an opportunistic moment to eliminate the other team, the playable area shrinks over time.
Get caught outside of this shrinking bubble and it's game over, and so players are encouraged to keep moving in an ever-decreasing playable area. This of course encourages a steady flow of fights as players are pushed closer and closer together.
In addition to this constricted play area, its vital that players continue to keep moving to find new loot, so that they remain as powerful as the other players out there.
When will Paladins Battlegrounds be released?
Back at HRX 2018 earlier this month, Hi-Rez demonstrated a pre-alpha version of the game which you can view in the video further up the page.
Although the plans are subject to change, the developers are a confident that a version of Paladins: Battlegrounds will be playable by the end of Q1 2018. It seems safe to presume that this will be a beta version of the game, with a proper launch roll-out occurring after at least a few months of public play.
What platforms will Paladins Battlegrounds be released on?
As well as being released on the PC, Paladins Battleground will also be available to play on consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).
That wraps up the first edition of our Paladins: Battlegrounds guide! We'll keep updating it over time, and will add in links to specific gameplay guides once the public beta is actually under way.