Just recently, we mentioned that the battle royale-style gameplay from PUBG is spreading like a virus and even the "big dudes" like CS may end up adopting it. And only yesterday, we wrote about all the innovations coming to Hi-Rez's MOBA, Smite. But, that's not the end as it seems. As it was revealed at Hi-Rez Expo 2018, battle royale is coming to their free-to-play shooter, Paladins.

As the team themselves stated, Battlegrounds will be " the first-ever hero shooter battle royale" and it will mix " ability-driven combat with survival gameplay and a fantasy setting to create something new".

Following the notable formula originally seen in PUBG, we are in for a new map that hosts 100 players fighting for resources, glory and, in the end....their lives. A gigantic vile fog will make everyone's lives as tough as possible but it will also even the odds and, although everyone's skills will be pushed to the very limit, everyone has equal chances to win as well. As folks in Hi-Rez themselves stated: " Designed from the ground-up to be played in teams, players must work together to survive in Paladins: Battlegrounds. Supports struggle to keep their Front Liners alive, while Damage Champions let the bullets fly and Flanks look for any possible assassination". They also added: " Players spawn into a massive map-over 300 times the square footage of a typical Paladins' Siege map. Then they hop onto their mounts and begin exploring, looting their way through more than four dozen outposts and tracking zeppelins that drop legendary gear". So, there will be plenty of team play involved and players will group up to seek out mutual resources and various sources of loot. They will also be able to ride some exotic mounts in order to make this process faster (and certainly more enjoyable as well).

Battlegrounds are coming at some point during 2018 but there is a demo that people can try out at this weekend's Expo already. There are more things coming along the road too, including the new Battle Cats mounts, the new deathmatch mode and a brand new champion, Moji. These updates should land very soon, some may even hit live on January 10 already.

In order to make the waiting less painful, make sure to check out the official trailer for Battlegrounds: