From Early Access to free to play.
The MOBA brawler Battlerite Royale has officially gone free to play.
As of today, Battlerite Royale has moved out of Steam Early Access and into a free to play structure. Stunlock Studios is also releasing the “BIG PATCH” today, which introduces three new Champions, two new areas, and new regional objects added to certain parts of the map.
The new Champions are Oldur who can bend space and time, Taya the tornado summoner, and Pearl who can unleash the ocean’s fury. The two new areas are the Frozen Plateau and Trade’s Islet. On top of this, players will be able to purchase the Legendary Adventure Pack 2, which features a new mount.
The BIG PATCH also introduces the Battle Pass system, which gives players a Free Pass and the option to upgrade to a Premium Pass, which can unlock exclusive cosmetics. The All Champions Packs for Battlerite and Battlerite Royale are priced at $20.
“We know that our community has been looking forward to the free-to-play launch of Battlerite Royale for months and we are thrilled that this day has finally arrived!” said marketing director at Stunlock Studios Johan Ilves. “Today we are also releasing the BIG PATCH so both Arena and Royale players can expect lots of new features, taking the Battlerite universe to the next level.”
Battlerite Royale was announced as a new game mode coming to Battlerite in May 2018, though it was soon spun off into its own game that players could purchase for Early Access.
In our review of Battlerite Royale in Early Access, we called the game “Great” saying “Battlerite brings plenty of well thought out new additions to the trendy last man standing format, but none are more significant or of greater merit than its combat.”
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.