mavericks proving grounds

Automaton Games, the UK based developer, will be doing something hugely ambitious and unprecedented with its next game- a 400 player battle royale title. So, think PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite, but four times as many players. Yikes.

You can see a brand new teaser trailer for the game- though this is a bit disappointing, since it doesn’t actually show us much of the game, as much as giving us an idea for how it will look. The actual gameplay isn’t shown to us here.

Mavericks will actually release in two phases- a 400 player battle royale, followed by the full game which launches next year, and will feature 1000 players concurrently in “a high fidelity world”.

‘This year, we’re coming out with our competitive, Battle Royale-style mode, which we hope will show that there is so much more for that genre than what people have seen today,” Automaton told PC Gamer. ‘How much more we can do with the game world and the [Battle Royale] game mode as a whole.’

Whether or not Mavericks can break the stranglehold that PUBG and Fortnite have over the genre is something that remains to be seen, but what we are seeing right now seems to be encouraging enough. Let’s see how it goes.