Paladins: Battlegrounds Mode Will Be Available in Q1 2018 for Beta Testing

Paladins: Battlegrounds will be available soon -- specifically before the end of March 2018, according to Hi-Rez's CEO and COO.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm’s recently-revealed battle royale mode is the major news coming out of Hi-Rez Expo 2018, with the game getting revealed alpha footage on the livestream earlier today. And although there is no official release date for Paladins: Battlegrounds, the game mode will be available for testing before March 2018.

Speaking directly to DualShockers, Hi-Rez’s CEO Erez Goren and COO Todd Harris answered about a prospective timeline for it getting into players hands:

Lou Contaldi: Do you have any timetable where we can expect players to get their hands on Paladins: Battlegrounds, be it full release or beta?

Todd Harris: We want to put it in real players’ hands by the end of this quarter, so that’s what we are shooting for.

Erez Goren: So hopefully, by end of February (March timeframe at the latest) we will have people testing it externally. I don’t know if it will be wide release at that point.

At yesterday’s Hi-Rez Expo 2018 keynote, the new game mode was revealed with a brand new trailer. Unlike other battle royale games on the market, Battlegrounds instead looks to instead merge class-based action with the popularized survival gameplay. Hi-Rez Studios discussed the name “Battlegrounds” with DualShockers yesterday, stating the naming choice was coincidental to any other game on the market.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is available currently in beta form for PC, PS4, and Xbox One; the Battlegrounds mode is slated for a 2018 release.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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