Off the Grid: District 9 Director’s Battle Royale Game Revealed in First Teaser Trailer

The FPS Review may receive a commission if you purchase something after clicking a link in this article.

Image: Gunzilla Games

Gunzilla Games revealed last year that Neill Blomkamp, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director, and producer behind the excellent sci-fi film District 9 had joined the studio as Chief Visionary Officer to work on a new multiplayer AAA shooter destined for PC and current-generation consoles. A teaser trailer shared today can confirm that this project is Off to Grid, a title that’s described as a “cyberpunk Battle Royale 2.0 multiplayer shooter” in which players can “shape the story and the gameplay.” Off the Grid, which features a script from Altered Carbon and Crysis 2 writer Richard K. Morgan, will be released in 2023.

“With OTG, our ambition is not only to create the Battle Royale 2.0 by adding deep player progression, but to build an evolving world designed to take on a life of its own, changing in unexpected ways each time a player rejoins the game,” Blomkamp said. “With an innovative approach to the Battle Royale core session flow and a deep narrative experience, we add purpose to each element of the game, allowing players to revisit the OTG world repeatedly where there is always something new to find and explore, and for us to expand upon.”

Set within a dystopian future, the cyberpunk styled shooter plans to evolve the genre through strong emphasis on narrative progression, led by Chief Visionary Officer Neill Blomkamp and Script Writer Richard K. Morgan. In addition, industry veteran Olivier Henriot (Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed) assumes the role of Executive Narrative Director, ensuring a wealth of top-tier talent to bring the world of OTG to life. 

A Battle Royale like no other, in OTG, 150 players fight each other in PvP (Player Vs Player) skirmishes, as well as PvE (Player Vs Environment) storyline missions using the same map inhabited by other players in real time. Players have the freedom to control how the hard-boiled story unfolds, with each decision made directly impacting everyone’s gameplay. Core to the experience and deep narrative structure is the unique way in which players can craft, customize, and trade their in-game items with each other. In OTG, the lines between hero and villain become blurred as players fight to survive the covert corporate battles of the future. 

Source: Gunzilla Games

Join the discussion in our forums...

Tsing Mui
News poster at The FPS Review.

Recent News