Update, June 10: Totally Accurate Battlegrounds has logged more than three million downloads in just four days on Steam, its developer says.
If you’re a fan of battle royale games, Wednesday was a pretty busy day. There was the Realm Royale release, of course - Hi-Rez’s battle royale grew out of a new game mode being developed for their hero shooter, Paladins. But you might have missed another, smaller announcement - Totally Accurate Battlegrounds.
The game is an obvious spoof of the seemingly unending wave of battle royale games flooding the gaming market at the moment. In fact, it says so right there in its Steam description - “Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is a parody of the battle royale genre.”
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The game’s developers, Landfall, actually conceived the physics-based battle royale as an April Fools’ joke, but it looks to have grown far beyond that. In fact, it came in as the 11th most-played game on Steam on Wednesday, with a peak of 20,000 players. That’s more than H1Z1 has managed since March, and more than double the all-time peaks of fellow battle royale games Radical Heights and The Darwin Project.
It’s also more than Realm Royale reached Wednesday. Despite the fact that the two games launched at almost exactly the same time, Realm Royale only made it to a peak of 11,522, while TABG made it all the way to 20,000. That’s despite the former coming from a studio with a history of making online games, and the latter literally being a joke.