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Is Blackout’s Hot Pursuit the future of battle royale?

Published: 1/Mar/2019 12:24 Updated: 1/Mar/2019 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The popularity of Call of Duty Blackout’s new Hot Pursuit mode could change the battle royale genre going forward. Can Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG all learn something from Treyarch?

What is Hot Pursuit?

Hot Pursuit is the newest playlist in Blackout, brought about by the latest Black Ops 4 update, Operation Grand Heist. 

Simply put, it is essentially a multiplayer, battle royale hybrid mode. The pace of the game is increased by a faster and more damaging collapse (circle). This results in a more action-packed, faster game.

Special vehicles are an additional feature in Hot Pursuit…

The most notable difference comes in the form of respawns, though. If you die, and at least one of your teammates are still alive, then you can respawn at one of the several respawn times.

Lastly, there are new vehicles that either have a sensor-dart attached to them (when sirens are turned on) or vehicles that highlight care packages. The supply drops fall more frequently in Hot Pursuit.

A change to battle royale?

Treyarch may have inadvertently (or purposely) stumbled across what could well be the future of battle royale.

The battle royale genre gained mass popularity with the introduction of Fortnite and PUBG. Since then games such as Call of Duty Blackout and more recently Apex Legends, have provided refined and arguably better versions of the mode.

Despite the success of battle royale, it has to deal with one inherent problem: no respawns. The inability to respawn is the core concept of the battle royale mode. A varying number of players enter a map, and the game is played out until one remains.

It is this concept that has provided battle royale players with excitement and a greater meaning to their gaming, in comparison to multiplayer. However, the sudden nature of dying, and the subsequent time waiting for other teammates to finish and start a new game, is one drawback of battle royale.

The ability to respawn, albeit at the expense of the core premise of battle royale, somewhat resolves this issue. Apex Legends have tackled this issue with respawn beacons, which have to date been receieved with praise. Blackout on the other hand, has provided several stages within a game a player can respawn.

While it isn’t battle royale in its purest form, this particular iteration of the mode could prove the most popular. The almost battle royale hybrid mode maintains the last man standing approach while removing the frustration of dying early.

Ghost Town was added to the Blackout map as part of the Operation Grand Heist update

Change to battle royale strategy?

The ability to respawn in some capacity changes the battle royale dynamic. Consequently, the strategy would change also.

Respawns will allow players to play more aggressively, at least in the beginning stages. The incentive to stay alive for the duration remains, however, due to the fact you lose your loot when dying. This is mitigated a little as you do respawn with a gun and armor in varying levels of strength depending on which respawn stage it is.

Therefore, Hot Pursuit maintains a good balance between being able to play aggressively while incentivizing trying to stay alive to keep your premium loot.

The final circle is also a completely different ball-game. The final collapse is large and can hold 50 players without it being excessively crazy. From that point, the circle slowly collapses until the end of the game.

This puts much greater emphasis on getting to the center of the circle to have a positional advantage on enemies. In comparison to the end of traditional battle royale games, the center of the circle is less important because games are often finished before the final circle collapses. This is because there are usually fewer players at the end game.

The future of battle royale

Hot Pursuit could provide the first glimpses of what the future of battle royale may look like. The fast-paced gameplay, the ability to respawn with an exhilerating final circle, could become commonplace in battle royale games going forward.

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Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.