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'Butter Royale' spices up competition with time-limited game modes

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"Butter Royale" has advanced a lot since it was introduced earlier this year in the "Before Times" of the coronavirus. Since then, the gaming landscape has changed as developers adjusted to the new normal. Games such as "Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout" and "Among Us" have become surprise hits and they reflect a wave of evolving tastes.

Simon Davis, co-founder and CEO of Mighty Bear, said his team has been following that trend as they work to update "Butter Royale." He listed off a series of new features since the top-down battle royale game's introduction. They emphasized squad play with special quests called #squadgoals. The developer has added streaming and social support within the game. They even added new weapons such as the Piercing Pancakes, Durian Launcher and the recent Hot Sauce Squirty. They also added limited use power-ups that give players an attack boost or health over time.

As the game moves into the holidays, Davis said the team is moving toward time-limited events.

"It's pumpkin season," he said," and there's an online event called Night of the Living Bread. It's themed around Halloween and you have a melee mode with baguettes."

The event, which goes from Oct. 23 to Oct 25 and Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, follows a series of celebrations that tweak the game rules and puts players in unfamiliar positions. As he mentioned before, Night of Living Bread is all about melee combat within a map that's made specifically for the event.

The revolving formats add a dose of freshness to the family-friendly battle royale game. Players can still jump in the solo or squad modes, but the expiration dates on these special events nudges players to check them out at least once.

All that work has drawn in two different types of gamers, according to Davis. The first is the hard-core crowd. The game appeals to them because they get a fun and low-commitment experience without the toxic environment. On the other hand, the other big demographic are parents who want to have a fun battle royale game with their children. "Butter Royale" fits nicely into that niche.

 

Whatever the case, "Butter Royale" isn't a Apple Arcade game that will rest on its laurels. Although it's one of the most well-received games on the service, Mighty Bear wants to keep experimenting with the battle royale genre.

"Everyone is copying each other and working from the same template," said Davis. "For us, there's nothing sacred. We can do things that are a lot less traditional."

The only ethos that the company is sticking to is that the team wants to keep its wholesome community. It's one of the characteristics that separates it from other franchises.

"That differentiates us," Davis said. "It's intentional to us."

"Butter Royale" can be found on Apple Arcade for iOS devices.

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