With battle royale games seemingly here to stay, developer NetEase reportedly received approval to launch its self-developed battle royale intellectual property (IP). Previously called FortCraft, the game is now called BuildTopia and is coming to a phone near you.
From the gameplay video above, it’s not hard to see BuildTopia’s influences. The building elements are reminiscent of Minecraft, while the visuals are similar to those of Epic Games’ Fortnite. No wonder why BuildTopia was originally called FortCraft. The game even features elements from Apex Legends, according to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad.
What’s interesting is that NetEase is no stranger to battle royale games — the developer previously released Rules of Survival and Knives Out on mobile. That said, NetEase’s brought in plenty of money from those games. According to analytics firm Sensor Tower, Knives Out earned an estimated $465 million on the App Store and Google Play Store.