Mavericks: Proving Grounds is an eagerly awaited battle royale game that will pit not 100, not 500 but 1000 people against one another in a battle to be the best.
At E3 2018, we heard a little more about the game and what else makes it stand out. So here are the 7 features that could set Mavericks: Proving Grounds apart from the rest of the competition:
- Destructible buildings
In our interview with developers Automaton, they said that the game will be persistent and will grow and evolve as players’ progress through the game. One way this will work is with buildings in the game being destructible. What that’s going to mean in practice we don’t quite know just yet but if we take it to the logical conclusion it could mean bullets passing through doors or even buildings falling down.
- Organic destruction
In addition to buildings themselves being destroyed, trees and foliage can also be destroyed in the game. Hiding behind that big tree over there? Yeah, not anymore.
- Fire propagation
While game’s like Darwin Project have camp fires which can give away positions, that’s all they do (besides warming up the player). In Mavericks: Proving Grounds there’s a system of fire propagation in the game so expect that fire to spread. Not only that but if other players are playing strategically they might use that fire to work out where you’ve been and where you’re going.
- Foliage displacement
Plants and foliage will move as players move through them – leaving a path to track or a way to spot someone hiding. This is something that has plagued many battle royale games (with Fortnite even adopting the bush-hiding trend into its own depoyable), so something like this will definitely be a game changer.
- Bullet casings
Messing about taking pot shots at the sky? Someone might see those bullet casings and find you as a result.
Congratulations you just survived an encounter. Bandage up and hide in the bushes that are conveniently next to you to recover. While that’s great and all, in Mavericks: Proving Grounds players will be able to spot your dirty bandages and wrappers on the floor and they now know where you are. Hurrah!
- Animal movements
Mavericks: Proving Grounds will also feature wildlife such as birds, deer and other animals that’ll run from noise or proximity. All it takes is for one player to see a cloud of birds fly up in the sky or a group of deer running away from something and you’ve been located.
Mavericks: Proving Grounds is more than just a Battle Royale with the player numbers turned up to 1000, there’s an element of strategy present which will hopefully make it stand out from the rapidly growing crowd of Battle Royale games.
The game’s Closed Beta is set to launch this August, giving a handful of players the chance to play the game for the first time. Players can sign up to the Closed Beta over on the game’s website.