NetEase seems bound and determined to cover every possible aspect of the battle royale realm. Rules of Survival was a competitor for PUBG Mobile, Fortcraft did the same to Fortnite (although it never left closed beta) and they intended to give a touch of Asian eccentricity to the genre with Cyber Hunter. Well, now it’s come time for some swords and witchcraft in Ride Out Heroes. Beginning November 29 and for 15 days, the beta will be available for all Android users.
Comparing the three games mentioned above and their interfaces, it’s clear to see that the studio basically just adds a new coat of paint to each new title, as they roll out games like hot cakes. In this case, they mix fantasy, steampunk, and technology to offer a style that’s sort of a mix between Survival Heroes, Realm Royale, the intoxicating designs of Blizzard, and Fortnite. On a playable level, this means that you’re just as likely to find a shotgun in the setting, as you are a poisoned sword or a powerful magic spell.
In terms of gameplay, we could practically copy and paste any previous review we’ve written. 100 players are released on an enormous island and only one can be left standing. So you have to defeat the rest of the players, while running from an invisible barrier that’s constantly getting smaller.
The first distinguishing feature is that there are preset character classes with unique abilities: hand to hand combat warrior, long-distance hunter, wizard, pirate, and engineer. Each one has its own legendary class weapons, four abilities, and a fifth to move quickly. As you advance, you can choose other skins. In terms of game modes, you can play alone or in groups of up to five players, although the server’s timetable determines when you can access each game mode:
- Single-player mode: Always open
- Duo mode: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. everyday
- Squad mode (4 players): 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. everyday
- Firefighter mode (5 players): closed temporarily
Although the game’s beta has only been published officially in the U.S.A., the Philippines, and Brazil, you can download the APK from Uptodown right now without any geographic restrictions.