What is the FIRST Battle Royale/Hunger Games video game? The first Battle Royale wasn't actually a game, it was a mod in DayZ (mod) in Arma 2 called Survivor GameZ. Everyone spawns in an area making a circle and in the middle of the circle there were optional backpacks you can take with random loot inside (The Hunger Games movie/books). This mod was accessible for the public, but only during qualifiers where the public can win matches to then compete in the finals with YouTubers/Streamers.
Brendan Greene (PLAYERUNKNOWN) saw this mod (Survivor GameZ) take off, he loved the idea around it. So he got into modding and created a mod, thanks to DayZ mod on Arma 2, his mod was called DayZCherno+. After DayZ Battle Royale was finished, then came Arma 3.
PLAYERUNKNOWN moved onto bringing the mod into Arma 3 where 'PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battle Royale' was born. Unlike most Battle Royale games now which stick to the core concept of Battle Royale only, the Arma 3 BR Mod has different game modes ranging from Battle Royale: WAR, Street Fight and Battle Royale: Ghost Hotel. It was PLAYERUNKNOWN'S unique taste on the Battle Royale game mode. Later, in partnership with the Iron Front mod team, he also created a Battle Royale WW2 version called Iron Front: Battle Royale .
This is when the Battle Royale genre within video games started.
After the Arma 3 BR Mod, the games success with being on top of Twitch's Top Games being streamed it caught attention by a studio, Daybreak came to PLAYERUNKNOWN. Daybreak licensed 'PLAYERUNKNOWN'S Battle Royale (the game mode)' from PLAYERUNKNOWN which then created H1Z1: King of the Kill. With the success and popularity of King of the Kill, spin-off Battle Royale titles came about like 'The Culling.' Years later, in 2016 PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS went into development to make the TRUE Battle Royale experience. Then with the success and popularity of PUBG selling 20 million copies in 6 -7 months for an Early Access title, a lot more spin-off Battle Royale titles (even games with Battle Royale servers or in DLC) came about.
How do the 'PLAYERUNKNOWN’S Battle Royale' games rank?
- Arma 3 BR: Realistic, slow pace.
- H1Z1: Arcadey, fast pace.
- PUBG: Mix between both of Arma 3 BR and H1Z1.
Each Battle Royale game has its own spin-off style/taste to the genre.
Here you can find a list of games that got standalone games of Battle Royale or games that have Battle Royale like servers.
- Games that have the (PU) next to the title means it's a PLAYERUNKNOWN title. The rest are non-PLAYERUNKNOWN games.
Games that have Battle Royale/Hunger Game like standalone games -
From oldest to newest
|(PU) H1Z1||Modern/Apocalypse||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||Xbox One - Delayed but coming soon?||PS4||N/A||Yes|
|The Culling||Modern/Apocalypse||$5.99||PC||Xbox One||-||-||Yes|
|ARK: Survival Of The Fittest||Fantasy||$59.99||PC||-||-||-||Yes|
|The Other 99||N/A||$14.99||PC||-||-||-||No|
|(PU) PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS||Modern/Apocalypse||$29.99||PC||Xbox One||PS4 - Sometime in 2018||No||You are here|
|Last Man Standing||N/A||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||-||-||-||No|
|Islands Of Nyne||Futuristic||$24.99||PC - Coming Soon||Xbox - Coming Soon||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|SOS: The Ultimate Escape||Reality show||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Mavericks: Proving Grounds||Modern||N/A||PC - Coming Soon||N/A||N/A||N/A||No|
|The Darwin Project||Reality show||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||Xbox One||N/A||N/A||Yes|
|Discordia||Fantasy||N/A||PC - Coming Soon||N/A||N/A||N/A||No|
|Fortnite Battle Royale||Cartoon/Apocalypse||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||Xbox One||PS4||Switch||Yes|
|Europa||Modern||N/A||PC - Coming Soon||N/A||N/A||N/A||No|
|Radical Heights (Cancelled)||Reality show||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||-||-||-||No|
|DEATH FIELD: The Battle Royale of Disaster||Modern||$14.99||PC||-||-||-||No|
|Totally Accurate Battlegrounds||Cartoon||$4.99||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A||No|
|Realm Royale||Fantasy||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC||N/A||N/A||N/A||No|
|Rapture Rejects||Cartoon||N/A||PC - Coming Soon||N/A||N/A||N/A||No|
|The Culling 2 (Cancelled)||Modern/Reality show||$19.99||PC||Xbox One||PS4||No||No|
Games that have Battle Royale/Hunger Game like servers -
From oldest to newest
|Survivor GameZ||Apocalypse||Free (But you need DayZ)||PC / Website||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||No|
|(PU) DayZCherno+ (Mod)||Apocalypse||-||PC||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||No|
|(PU) Iron Front: Battle Royale (Mod)||WW2||N/A||PC||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||No|
|Minecraft: Hunger Games||Cartoon||$27||PC||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||Yes|
|(PU) Arma 3 Battle Royale (Mod)||Modern||Free (But you need Arma 3)||PC / Servers||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||No|
|Minecraft: Battle Mode||Cartoon||$27||N/A||Xbox One||PS4||N/A||-||Game mode||Yes|
|Rust: Battle Royale||Apocalypse||$19.99||PC / Servers||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||No|
|The Division: Survival DLC||Apocalypse||$14.99||PC||Xbox One||PS4||No||-||-||Yes|
|Next Day: Survival||Apocalypse||$9.99||PC||-||-||-||-||Game mode||No|
|Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||Modern||$14.99||PC / Servers||-||-||-||-||Mod/Servers||No|
|Crazy Justice Battle Royale||N/A||$15||-||-||-||Switch||-||Game mode||No|
|Warface - Battle Royale (DLC)||Futuristic||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC / Info||-||-||-||-||Game mode||Yes|
|Call of Duty Online: Battle Royale||Futuristic||F2P (Free 2 Play)||PC - Coming Soon / Info||-||-||-||-||Game mode||No|
|Dying Light: Bad Blood||Apocalypse||N/A||PC - Coming Soon / Info||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Game mode||Yes|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Futuristic||$59.99||No||Xbox One||PS4||No||Battle.net (PC)||Game mode||No|
|Battlefield V||WW2||$59.99||No||Xbox One||PS4||No||Origin (PC)||Game mode||No|
- Note: For Minecraft, these are called 'Battle Mini Game' via consoles & Hunger Games via custom servers on PC.