9. Tom Clancy’s The Division
With its incredible recreation of New York City, intuitive third-person cover mechanics, and Dark Zone Player vs. Player modes, Tom Clancy’s The Division seems ready-made for a Battle Royale mode and it seems Ubisoft agrees, as the publisher sent out a survey over a year ago asking players if they’d want a similar mode added to the game. Indeed, the game already has a 24-player survival mode that plays out like a smaller scale Battle Royale, but imagine how cool it would be to see 50-100 players fighting for survival on the streets of NYC.
The best part is that The Division already has an arena perfectly suited to this kind of mode in the Dark Zone, with the only real change being that players would have to scrounge for weapons and resources while the play area shrinks. That being said, it seems much more likely that Ubisoft will save such a mode for the sequel, which is set to be properly unveiled at this year’s E3.
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8. Destiny 2
At this point, it’s no secret that Destiny 2 didn’t live up to expectations. While Bungie’s role-playing, first-person shooter sequel made a good first impression when it was released in September 2017, it didn’t take long for dedicated players to run out of things to do and realize that Bungie had somehow made a shallower experience than the original Destiny. Fortunately, games like Destiny 2 are meant to have long legs and the experience will continue to be iterated on in the months and years ahead with various updates and expansions. One possible avenue for Bungie to take is to hop on the battle royale train by leveraging Destiny 2’s PvE and PvP modes and blending them together into a last player standing mode.
Destiny 2 has some pretty large scale environments already, so play area wouldn’t be an issue, and there could be a variety of vehicles like Sparrows and tanks spread around the maps for players to acquire. With the various weapon classes in Destiny 2, I’d envision a situation where players would find guns like pistols and assault rifles all the way up to more powerful fare like snipers and rocket launchers hidden around the map, with some legendary and exotics tossed into the mix too to make things really interesting. I don’t think a 100 player skirmish would work well with a game like Destiny 2, but even a battle royale with a limited player count could be pretty fun if done right.