Epic Games announces Rumbleverse, a new battle royale brawler

Battle-royale games have taken the world by storm, with Fortnite and Apex Legends becoming two of the most popular games in the world. Now, Epic Games has revealed that it will be releasing a whole new version of the genre.

Rumbleverse, developed by Iron Galaxy Studios, is an upcoming free-to-play fighting game that will see 40 players battle for victory.

Rather than using guns like in Fortnite, Rumbleverse will see players hitting and punching their enemies until their health bar is depleted. You can also pick up things to throw, whether it’s a baseball bat or a traffic sign.

You will also be able to block attacks if you have stamina and use special attacks after collecting enough stars to deal substantial damage.

There will be a map at launch, which will take place in Grapital City. You will be able to climb any building you see, which will allow you a lot of freedom.

The boundaries of the map will gradually narrow over the duration of a 15 minute match, just like with other battle royale games such as Fortnite. Leaving this area will not deplete your health, but will trigger a timer that will disqualify you from the game if it reaches zero.

Rumbleverse will be free, although it will feature an optional paid battle pass that will unlock special cosmetic items. So far we’ve seen rooster, cat, and mushroom character skins, and we imagine there will be a lot more in the full game. Iron Galaxy Studios also revealed that you’ll be able to mix and match clothes once you unlock a full set, so you can potentially wear a chicken head with feline paws.

Epic Games has confirmed that Rumbleverse will launch on February 22, 2022 and will be available on multiple platforms, including PC consoles (via Epic Games Store), PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, and Xbox One. There’s no word on a Switch port yet, but our fingers are crossed that it makes the move in the future. Rumbleverse will also support cross play and cross progression, so you won’t be limited to just one platform.

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