There’s a new type of battle royale game on the horizon—a cyberpunk-centric MMO that will look to bring new innovations to the established platform through the use of powerful writing and AI-infused mechanics. And it’s a looker, alright, this so-called Off The Grid; its leaked in-game screenshots made us aware of that earlier this year.
For the record, there isn’t a whole lot we actually know about the upcoming PvP entry, other than the fact it’s being developed by Gunzilla Games, and that it’s also being headed up by District 9 director Neill Blomkamp and Altered Carbon author Richard Morgan. Still, here’s everything we’ve been able to scrape from the barrel since first catching wind of its existence a year or so back. Off The Grid: what is it, exactly, and how will it aim to find its place in a catalog that’s hardly short on augmented realities?
What Is Off The Grid?
To put you in the picture, Off The Grid is a third-person online battle royale game by Gunzilla Games. Featuring a cyberpunk-inspired world that’s suited for up to 150 players, the game will look to bring a story-driven campaign to a familiar battle royale progression system—one that will essentially adapt to the player’s abilities to craft, customize, and ultimately annihilate their opponents over drawn-out battles and story-related scenarios. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary there, then.
Off The Grid will be a free-to-play game, too, which, in any usual situation, would lead us to believe that there’ll also be a litter of microtransactions to keep it afloat. Apparently, though, this won’t be the case at all, as the devs have promised that the game will feature zero season passes, subscriptions, or any in-game cosmetics with ludicrously expensive price tags. Sounds too good to be true, to be honest. But alas, Gunzilla Games has made it clear that its goal is to be the “number one multiplayer shooter in the world.” Ten points for ambition.
As it currently stands, there aren’t a great deal of cards on the table, so we can’t really comment on the specifics just yet. That said, we do know that Off The Grid will take place in a dystopian future—a world in which a notorious Mega Corporation uses the power of AI to make world-changing decisions that directly impact the social classes that populate the city, both rich and poor.
In past talks, the devs have mentioned a location known as Teardrop Island, as well as a grand space elevator that supposedly has the capability of extracting rare materials and bringing them down to earth. Chances are, this is where you, along with 149 other hungry-eyed mercenaries, will take your place in the world, bound for the loot and the power that comes with it.
If you’ve taken the time to hurl yourself into one of the many, many battle royale games out there on the market, then chances are you’ll already know what to expect with Off The Grid. Gameplay-wise, players will be thrown into an enormous map—an open world in which a total of 150 fledgling mercenaries are forced to battle it out for that all-important position at the apex of the leaderboard. This is all textbook material as far as battle royale games travel, so don’t fret if you haven’t had a chance to delve into the ever-evolving catalog of PvP words just yet. Fact is, if Off The Grid is anything like its worthy adversaries, then you’ve got plenty of time to brush up on your skills elsewhere before sinking your teeth into it when it joins the network.
Tropes aside, Off The Grid is, of course, a cyberpunk-infused game, so expect a lot more than standard weapon wheels and generic abilities, basically. As an MMO that will adopt the likes of AI and cyber prosthetics into its arsenal, players will no doubt have the opportunity to experiment with various augmentations and other futuristic technologies in addition to the usual melee and ranged weapons that most battle royale games have to offer.
According to the devs, Off The Grid will also feature various types of crafting, customization, and trading elements, too—features that will no doubt have something to do with the cyber-themed gadgets and gizmos that’ll play a huge role in the combat itself. When all’s said and done, though, there’s still a great deal we don’t actually know about the gameplay, and until Gunzilla Games decides to touch base on the matter, we simply won’t be able to brush over it with a fine-tooth comb.
A Zero's reputation is staked on how many contracts they can complete. The more weapons in their armory, the better their odds.
— Off The Grid (@playoffthegrid) April 28, 2023
In case you missed it, Off the Grid is being developed by Gunzilla Games, a relatively new studio that first found its feet back in 2020. Going by its portfolio, its upcoming online shooter will serve as its first project. Not that this is a major concern, mind you, what with the team being in receipt of several industry titans and a wide range of movie and literature buffs.
Announced back in May 2022, Gunzilla Games brought the battle royale game to the table with a loose 2023 launch window in mind. Since then, not a great deal has happened, other than a few CGI trailers and deep dive episodes making their rounds over on YouTube and the team’s social handles. However, if the devs are sticking to their guns, then we can expect to see Off The Grid hit the shelves before year’s end.
As it turns out, there is a trailer of Off The Grid rolling around in our neck of the woods. You can check it out for yourself in the video embedded above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
Off The Grid will be heading to Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam at some point in 2023, apparently. But as for when in 2023 it’ll be hitting the shelves is still anybody’s guess, as Gunzilla Games hasn’t given us all that much to go on as far as potential release dates go. Given how things are currently shaping up, though, it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing it until Q4 2023 at the very earliest.
Planning on sticking around? If so, then be sure to check in with the devs over on their official social feed for all the latest pre-launch updates here. If anything pops up ahead of its release, we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the details right here on gaming.net.
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