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Realm Royale gets a trailer for PS4, Xbox One closed beta

Published: 11:50, 12 December 2018
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Heroic Leaps, the studio carved out of Hi-Rez Studios to handle development of Realm Royale, have announced that their game is starting a closed beta on consoles and buying the Founder's Pack on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One grants you access.

The developer made sure that the bundles are slightly different, so PlayStation 4 owners are looking at immediate access to the closed beta and a bunch of cosmetics. These are Primarch flavoured chicken skin, mustang, avatar and spray, Gracious Bow emote and Founding Forger title and avatar. 

Peculiarly enough, while scouring for the prices, we've noticed that the UK edition of Realm Royale's Founder Pack for PlayStation 4 doesn't contain the Founding Forger title and avatar. The US version lists them so we're not really sure what that's about.

Xbox One owners are, of course, also getting immediate access to the closed beta, Executioner flavoured chicken skin, stallion, avatar and spray, Close Call emote and Founding Forger title and avatar. As you can see, Realm Royale's PlayStation vs Xbox rivalry will be a cosmetic Primarch vs Executioner battle. 

Yes, battle, because Realm Royale should be throwing them into a cross-play battle eventually. Heroic Leap said that only PC and Xbox One will support cross-play during the closed beta but they're going for the full deal, so it's just a matter of time. 

Heroic Leap are also hinting at some big plans for new content, with in-game objectives and even some PvE element, although we're talking about distant future. 

At the time of writing, Realm Royale's Founder Pack is going for $14.99 /£11.99 on PlayStation, or $8.99/£7.79 for PS Plus members. Xbox One players will have to pay more for the same bundle though, as their pricing is $21.49 /£11.99 .

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Realm Royale had a great start to its career on the PC but the initial enthusiasm was quickly quelled by Heroic Leap's dubious patching priorities and finally, their removal of in-game classes. This effectively turned it into a Fortnite clone and the game's peak population on Steam hasn't exceeded 5,000 since August 2018.

Realm Royale, formerly known as Paladins: Battlegrounds

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