What is ANAREA Battle Royale? The new game everyone’s comparing to H1Z1 - Dexerto

What is ANAREA Battle Royale? The new game everyone’s comparing to H1Z1

Published: 17/Dec/2019 12:06 Updated: 17/Dec/2019 12:13

by Joe Craven


The trailer for AXC GAMES’ upcoming ANAREA battle royale has landed, but fans are apparently unable to watch it without instantly thinking of H1Z1.

AXC GAMES is a small, independent French development studio, that was only founded in April of this year. Originally starting as a studio of 3 employees, the company has since expanded and now has 10 people working on the upcoming ANAREA Battle Royale.

The French developers explain that they want ANAREA to be a “fast-paced” battle royale game, “which will aim to be innovative and dynamic”. On December 16, the studio dropped the game’s first trailer.

The trailer has generated considerable excitement on social media, garnering over 120,000 views since its launch on the evening of December 16.

However, many fans failed to escape comparisons between ANAREA and H1Z1, Daybreak Game Company’s third-person battle royale originally released in early 2015.

The third-person design, paired with the game’s graphics and map, led many to come to the conclusion that the upcoming battle royale was heavily inspired by H1Z1. Some even drew a comparison between the gun sounds and those in H1Z1.

ANAREA’s map is a post-apocalyptic environment, which will host battle royale between 60 players. 

The game’s developers also claim it will be proportionally smaller than maps in other BRs, fitting with their intentions to make a fast-paced game. 

“Skilled and aggressive gameplay, no bloom system or too long loot phase. No doubt that it’ll be necessary to show efficiency and fighting spirit to reach the royal victory,” the game’s developers say. “With ANAREA, we really want to stand out by the in-game feeling that the player can feel.” 

Daybreak Game StudiosDo you see the similarities between H1Z1 and ANAREA?

The game’s ‘estimated delivery’ is December 2019, but this is subject to change given the relatively small development team.

Donating to support AXC GAMES earns potential players in-game rewards depending on the size of the donation provided. At the time of writing, over €10,000 has been raised by potential players. 

Regardless of the small development studio and H1Z1 likeness, many fans are excited at the prospect of dropping into yet another battle royale world. 

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War player hits first prestige without a single kill

Published: 19/Jan/2021 2:20

by Brad Norton


An extremely patient Call of Duty player has just reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War, without ever dealing damage to their opponents.

The name of the game with Call of Duty has always been simple. Kill your opponents before they kill you. It’s the core principle for which every other system in the franchise has been built around.

While a majority of players stick to fundamentals and play the game as intended, there’s always some that veer from the path. As gamers are sinking their teeth into Black Ops Cold War, many have reached new heights with the innovative prestige system. Though one player has taken their time in reaching the very first prestige.

They’re not worrying about their KD. They don’t care for weapon camos or powerful attachments. They’re never trying to top the leaderboards. All this player cares about is ending each match with zero kills to their name.

Black Ops Cold War combat record
Reddit: Pilgore1
This player reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War without a single kill to their name.

It took a full 37 hours of game time for Reddit user ‘Pilgore1’ to accomplish their goal. Without ever killing another player, they reached the first prestige over the course of 200 games.

Their highest killstreak throughout this effort was a whopping zero. This player literally never acquired a single-elimination, not even accidentally. Instead, they spent their time focusing on other aspects of the game.

Playing the objective and “clearing the sky,” were the key factors that gained this player XP over time. It clearly took longer than the typical prestige, but they still managed to make it happen.

Surprisingly, their overall record was positive despite the lack of slaying power. 102 wins to 83 losses was the final tally. They even had a career-best winning streak of seven games in a row, according to the player.

They used “all three LMGs” with a heavy focus on “vehicle damage” attachments. Moreover, the Engineer perk came in handy as did Cold Blooded. When the skies were clear of enemy streaks and it came time to focus on the objective, however, they simply “[threw their] body on there.”

There’s no telling what drove them to play Call of Duty in such a unique way. Though they still managed to enjoy the process. “I just find doing it fun,” they explained. “I also have a lot, maybe too much, patience, so that helps.”