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How Radical Heights Tries To Compete With Fortnite And PUBG

We check out Radical Heights, the free new battle royale in early access from the developer of LawBreakers.

With Fortnite and PUBG's popularity continuing to soar, we're going to see more and more battle royale modes, whether in the form of additions to existing games or standalone experiences. The latest example of the latter is Radical Heights, the new game from Boss Key, the studio behind LawBreakers. With that game having apparently failed, it's trying its hand at the battle royale genre, and to its credit, it does offer some wrinkles to the standard formula.

In the video above, our own Erick Tay and Ben Janca spend some time checking out the game, which is available for free on Steam through Early Access. You'll get to see some of what distinguishes Radical Heights from the competition: You can ride bikes (there's even an in-game race involving them that pays out rewards) and you have a dodge-roll ability to evade attacks. There are also vending machines where you can purchase gear. Those weapons and cosmetics are purchased with cash earned while playing, but that money can be deposited into an ATM for use in a future match.

While it is free-to-play, there's a Founder's Pack available for $15/£11.39 that gets you special cosmetics and Gems that are used to purchase other non-gameplay-altering items. However, bear in mind, it is in Early Access, and it shows. The game is clearly still early in development, and among the things it lacks right now are playable female characters (although those are on the way at some point in the future). Boss Key is also openly asking for feedback on things like the inclusion of an auto-pickup system.

Boss Key plans to have Radical Heights in Early Access for "about a year." It says this is meant to give the studio "time to solidify the foundation of the game with our community, build out additional features, and develop a solid understanding of what works, what doesn't, and flesh out a full release content plan based on what we think is right for the game."

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