It was never a question of if another battle royale shooter would join PUBG and Fortnite, but when. Here's our answer: Radical Heights, the latest project from Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions, is coming to Steam Early Access tomorrow (April 10). It's free to play.
This time, the slaughter is quarantined to "a sunny SoCal dome" where contestants stalk and shoot one another for cash. The cash you collect from wasting opponents can be banked and used to upgrade your equipment regardless of whether you win or lose. Radical Heights' Steam page emphasizes how the game's cash-stashing / spending cycle is one of its definitive traits.
Another definitive trait for Radical Heights is the '80s aesthetic dominating the game. There are more mullets and loud neon shirts than you can shake a glitter baton at. You can ride around on BMX bikes while you take pot-shots at your opponents, and there's an arcade equipped with that hideous but beautiful neon-streaked royal blue carpeting that defines the era.
Radical Heights appears to lean towards Fortnite Battle Royale's goofy, bloodless themes. No doubt CliffyB and Boss Key noticed Fortnite's candy-colored graphics are a hit with school-age kids. We'll see if there's room for three battle royale shooters: Boss Key's last major release, Lawbreakers, failed in part because it got lost in PUBG hype (according to publisher Nexon). Now Boss Key has a legitimate chance to jump on the industry's new hotness.
If you're interested in Radical Heights, it won't hurt you to hone your reflexes at the arena shooters currently dominating the market. We've got tips, hints and guides for PUBG, as well as tons of guides for Fortnite Battle Royale.