Indie studio Stunlock Studios announced today that Battlerite is getting an official release on November 8. The PC arena brawler, which is in Early Access, will be free-to-play at that point.
During Early Access, Battlerite cost $20 on Steam. But it’s not unusual for games planning to go free-to-play to charge in this process. Although it’s still in development, Battlerite has already had 1 million downloads. That may not make it as big an Early Access success as juggernauts like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it’s sill an accomplishment. And the Early Access period gives studios a way to test a game while still making money and attracting an audience.
Leading up to the official release, Battlerite is adding a new user-interface and an unannounced game mode in October. In November, Stunlock will add a new champion, more than 200 new in-game items and cosmetics, and new music.
If you want to try Battlerite before the release, the Early Access version is hosting a free week from September 25 through to October 1.