Hollywood director Neill Blomkamp has been in the film industry for years and is best known for SF films such as District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. But we have also known for a long time that he is a passionate fan of video games.
So he had already tried his hand at short films on the subject and made Halo: Landfall, and then Anthem Conviction - a short film from 2019 related to the promotion of BioWare's game Anthem. Blomkamp expanded his love of gaming last year when he joined the Gunzilla Games development studio, which is made up of gaming industry veterans from studios such as Ubisoft, The Coalition, and Crytek (Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, Gears of War, Hunt: Showdown).
one of the creators of CryEngine is also working. It has now been officially announced that Blomkamp's first AAA multiplayer battle royale game is a third-person shooter named Off The Grid for PC and the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S consoles, developed in Unreal Engine 5.
In addition to confronting 150 players at a time, Off The Grid will feature futuristic cyberpunk themes, but will also have a story and a system of progression through campaign-like story missions. But we will also be able to create our own character and then join one of three different factions that are fighting in a futuristic setting for a space elevator located on a mysterious island.
This elevator, as Blomkamp points out, leads to the asteroid belt in space, where humanity has found a huge source of wealth through mining.
A new direction of the battle royale genre?
In addition to fighting other players in the classic battle royale multiplayer style to the last survivor, each match and round will bring separate challenges and missions that will actually give us different factions, and it will be up to us to meet optional goals if we want that, and the goals will follow the very story of the faction conflict.
The whole thing sounds more interesting and even better when we add the factor where the whole community of players by solving missions of different factions will directly affect the evolving live-service component of the game because certain factions will become superior to others if they have more players with victories.
In other words, players' actions over long periods of play will bring even more stories and have an impact on the narrative, the world, and the game environment, a concept that Blomkamp ambitiously dubbed “battle royale 2.0”.
What exactly the game itself looks like, we still don't know, because the premiere announcement trailer consists only of a short live-action sequence and only helps to evoke the futuristic cyberpunk atmosphere of the game.
What we do know is that Off The Grid is planned for 2023 for the PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X | S platforms.