Battle Royale games are becoming more and more popular and every year there seems to be a new title on offer that claims to do everything better than the last. Popularized by the release PlayerUnknowns’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), it seems like this particular genre of competitive game modes is going to be around for quite sometime.
Even well-established online multiplayer juggernauts like, Counter Strike: Global offensive, started adding their names to the mix by creating Battle Royale versions of their games to satisfy the gaming communities growing appetite. And, it was only a matter of time until Call of Duty did the same.
With the release of the mobile version in October last year, we finally got to play this legendary first-person shooter in the all new competitive environment known as Battle Royale and the experience has been incredible. So much so, that it’s sure to rival behemoth’s like PUBG and even Fortnite.
But what exactly is it and how does it differ from the regular ranked multiplayer action that Call of Duty is known for? We’re going to take a look at all that and more as we ask what is Call of Duty: Mobile’s Battle Royale Mode?
Inspired by The Hunger Games series of books and films, as well as the Japanese cult-classic film Battle Royale, the main aim of this particular game mode is simple…eliminate the competition and be the last man or team standing.
Up to one hundred players arrive on the enormous map via plane and have a limited amount of time to decide when and where they’re going to parachute in while the plane makes a pass over the arena. Take too long to decide and you’ll get ejected from the plane.
Once players reach the ground, it becomes a mad dash to loot up, find weapons and ammo, and arm yourself for the inevitable fight. Instead of weapons being retrieved from the center of the map, like in The Hunger Games, they’re scattered all over in the various huts, houses, factories and compounds you’ll find along the way.
Don’t get too comfortable though as the designated play area will shrink smaller and smaller until confrontation simply cannot be avoided because being outside of the designated zone will slowly drain your health over time, so you’re better off just fighting the competition.
BIGGER & Better
With the multitude of Battle Royale games out there that follow this familiar pattern, Call of Duty: Mobile had to bring something to the table that the others couldn’t.
Aside from their unique gun play mechanics and special map features, what separates their Battle Royale mode apart is the unique class system. Each player can select one class that gives them special perks and abilities to be used in-game and at opportune moments and this just isn’t available in other titles.
The 9 classes are:
- Scout: Reveals enemy footprints for a few seconds and lets you shoot a Sensor Dart that exposes nearby enemy positions on the map.
- Medic: Reduces the time it takes to heal yourself or revive teammates and lets you deploy a small Medical Station that continuously heals you and your allies.
- Clown: Makes it harder to get spotted by zombies and lets you throw a Toy Bomb that summons zombies to attack anything nearby.
- Defender: Reduces the damage you take by 20%, except for damage from gunfire, and lets you deploy a Small Shield that simultaneously releases a flash bang.
- Ninja: One of my favorite classes, it makes you silent when you move around and lets you shoot a Grapple Hook that pulls you toward a target.
- Poltergeist: Another favorite of mine, it increases your running speed while in stealth mode and lets you become nearly invisible for a short time.
- Mechanic: Allows you to see vehicles and enemy traps from a distance and lets you call in an EMP Drone that disrupts the enemy’s Heads Up Display (HUD).
- Trickster: Increases your ability to hear enemy footsteps and lets you to deploy 2 Holographic Clones while gaining a significant speed boost.
- Airborne: Reduces the speed at which you fall while using a wingsuit and lets you deploy a Catapult that will launch you or a teammate into the air and activate your wingsuit.
If you play as a squad of 4 or a duo, only one person in the group can select a particular class. So, for instance, you can’t have 4 Tricksters on your team letting decoys run wild (as cool as that may sound). It opens up a lot of strategy and allows for many playstyles to be explored.
I personally love taking Poltergeist and getting right up in people’s faces before pulling the trigger or sneaking up behind them with a shotgun. It’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss!
The Ranked System
It may be a blessing to some and a curse to others but Call of Duty: Mobile’s Battle Royale mode is only available as a ranked match mode. This means that every single game of Battle Royale that you play will see you either lose or gain Rank XP depending on your performance.
Now don’t be alarmed if you’ve already been grinding it out in Ranked Multiplayer. Like we’ve mentioned before, each mode has a separate ladder to climb, so your performance in Battle Royale will not affect your Multiplayer Rank and vice versa.
Points are determined by 3 things:
- The amount of kills you get
- Your overall position i.e. how long you survive
- Your current rank tier
When playing as a squad, your final position is determined by the last surviving member. So even if you’re the one that gets taken out first, you’ll still get first position if your team is victorious.
Just like in Multiplayer Ranked mode, there are rewards for every Tier that you reach with special rewards like avatars, vehicle camos and even new soldiers to gain as well. Not to mention the fact that these games also count towards your Battle Pass too.
Plus, at the end of every season, you will be given rewards that are unique to your specific Tier, with the most valuable rewards going to players in the Legendary bracket.
With Ranked Season 5 around the corner, there’s never been a better time to start your climb up the ladder and I can’t wait to reach a new Tier with a full season of games ahead of me.
The Best in Battle Royale
Call of Duty: Mobile’s Battle Royale mode may be the new kid on the block but it certainly has what it takes to stand up to the big boys, like PUBG Mobile, that have been around for years. It has a lot of cool and unique features that set it apart and I find myself constantly diving back in to claim that number one spot.
I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of Battle Royale games or if you’re a just Call of Duty: Mobile fan and you’re keen to take a break from the fast paced action of regular Multiplayer.
Do you play Call of Duty: Mobile’s Battle Royale mode? What are your thoughts on how it compares to other games in the genre? Let us know or leave your tips and tricks in the comments below.