Samurai, ninjas, and conquistadors face off on a cursed island
Ran: Lost Islands is a 16th century-style 100-player battle royale, with classes based on ninja, samurai, and conquistador archetypes, who come together on a cursed island to clash in a last-man-standing brawl for glory and gold. You might immediately think that the last thing the world needs right now is yet another battle royale game, but unlike most of them, this one is focused on melee combat—and starting tomorrow, you'll be able to try it out for free in an open beta that will run during the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition.
The game does have firearms, but as you'd expect from the era, it's flintlocks rather than SMGs and assault rifles—the priority for players is "fast reflexes, lethal combo attacks, and cunning strategy," developer Jolly Roger Game said. Vehicles are available in the form of boats, horses, and gliders, and grappling hooks will be on hand to help you get to hard-to-reach places—although it doesn't seem like camping will get you very far in this one.
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