Islands of Nyne Battle Royale: A Futuristic Take on a Booming Genre
The Battle Royale train isn’t stopping anytime soon. Whether it’s a lasting phenomenon or a mere fad that launched due to pioneers like H1ZI and movies like the Hunger Games, we’re not completely sure. What we are sure of is that thanks to these games, the Battle Royale subgenre has been catapulted straight into the industry’s stratosphere. Ultimately, it has been fuelled by the neck-and-neck popularity contest between PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite: Battle Royale. As such, we expect to see more of these games that’ll likely show up by year’s end.
But what exactly does it take to make a good Battle Royale game? Pretty much every developer has done it all at this point, right? As more games are being churned out to hop on the bandwagon before it fades away, there is one hidden gem that has done more than bolting the niche’s basics onto existing properties. Ladies and gents say hello to Islands of Nyne Battle Royale. After having seen and played a lot of Battle Royale games, we can confidently say that this indie entry is the one to keep a close eye on from here or out.
What exactly is Islands of Nyne Battle Royale?
In a nutshell, you play as a human chosen by an alien race known as the Nyne to fight in the bloodsport of Battle Royale. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. Alongside 99 other players, you’ll be transported to one of Nyne’s floating island arenas. There, you’ll need to scavenge for weapons, ammo, medkits, and armor, all while trying to avoid falling right smack in the middle of your enemies’ crosshairs. Just like other Battle Royale genre games go, only one participant can survive. Hiding is not exactly an option either since as the game progresses, you and your enemies are forced into gradually-reducing zones by the Nyne’s deadly plasma field. If you haplessly find yourself outside the plasma field when it activates, you will slowly lose health over time and ultimately, die.
Translation: No bush gaming on this one!
Islands of Nyne features a more interesting setting and visual style than that of PUBG. Taking place on jungle-filled islands together with ultra-futuristic towers, it ultimately creates a unique gaming atmosphere unlike any other. Islands of Nyne has been in development since 2015 when Battle Royale games were only beginning to heat up. Currently still being developed for PC, Mac, and VR with plans for Xbox One and PS4 in the future, players will finally be able to immerse themselves in the game come July when Define Human Studios will be releasing its early access on Steam.
How is this game better than PUBG and/or Fortnite?
One of the best aspects of the game is its breakneck pace. Firefights are short and downright brutal here! Even with full armor and shields scavenged from buildings, it only takes a few hits for players to go down. This makes the game easy to pick up for a couple of rounds.
Another interesting difference of Islands of Nyne compared to other Battle Royale games is that you can kill each other in the maze-like waiting room, so there’s something to actually do while waiting for the team to be built, unlike in Fortnite where you can just run around and blast someone through their head with a shotgun without being affected at all.
The weapons variety isn’t wildly different from existing games, though. Weapons are pretty standard, with military-grade options like shotguns, semi-automatics, fully automatics, pistols, and snipers. Islands of Nyne, however, brings a sci-fi twist to the table. Every bullet in the game contains bright powder. As a result, you’ll see laser-like bullet trails in The Dome’s skies. The further you are from the gunfire, the more vaguely these trails appear, which is a pretty good comprise as this means you won’t necessarily give your position away as a distant sniper. Additionally, players will have to rely on headphones to pinpoint the origin of gunshots.
What are the features?
PUBG and Fortnite have season passes to give players exclusive loot and skins when leveling up, but what does Islands of Nyne have to offer? For one thing, this game is solely created and balanced around the Battle Royale gameplay you know and love. Maps, weapons, vehicles, mechanics will all be balanced accordingly so as not to hinder players.
The game also offers a competitive ranking system. There are five tiers in Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Similar to League of Legends, a popular MOBA game, each of these tiers is subdivided into divisions, with V being the lowest tier and I being the highest. All players will start off in Bronze. Every one hundred points you earn will bump you up a tier. Certain cosmetic armor sets and weapon skins can only be unlocked when you move up the ladder to a new rank. These armor sets are called tier sets. So be assured all your hard work trying to get to Diamond I is not in vain.
The final thing to note about this game is that it will have Support. However, it will be released at a later date and will be compatible with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This is a big step as there are no Battle Royale games on the VR yet. Imagine aiming down sights with the touch of controllers to snipe your opponents from afar or tossing a grenade through a window and utterly annihilating everyone inside!
When does it come out? Is the game good or bad?
With Island of Nyne set to arrive on Steam early access this July 12th, players are looking forward to seeing a new Battle Royale game that’ll hopefully feature a new and refreshing take on the genre. There are two very clear titans defining the boundaries of Battle Royale, and dethroning either of them will be damn near impossible for an indie game—even if they came to the party first. With a different take on the style and the introduction of a ranking system Islands of Nyne Battle Royale just might be able to do it, but only after some serious polishing and upgrades.