Expect to see more and more online multiplayer games on mobile this year. It's always been a thing that companies have wanted to crack, since there is an interest. But up until Clash Royale [Free], it didn't feel like anyone got the live PVP multiplayer thing quite figured out. Well, more games are trying to go for that cash, and Rovio's not excluded, as they've just soft launched Battle Bay in several countries including Canada.

The game has you taking to the high seas in a cannon-equipped boat, taking part in 5-on-5 battles against other boat battlers. You get one life, but can take multiple hits on your boat. Last team standing wins, though there appear to be objectives that can be captured as well. You can get different powerups and weapons to help you out in battle, but the cannon reloading pace and free-to-play elements could either make this a unique experience and profitable for Rovio, or wind up turning people off from the experience. We'll see how this works for the game as it goes through its soft launch phase. If you want to download the game for yourself, check out our guide on how to download soft launch games.

Canadian App Store Link: Battle Bay, Free

  • cabuckn

    Having a blast with it so far!

    • FRnchFRy

      Hue hue. Blast. Was that...punintentional?

  • 김지 킫밸

    It's that tanks game but with wildly amazing water as terrain and

  • Leo281993

    "But up until Clash Royale, it didn't feel like anyone got the live PVP multiplayer thing quite figured out."

    What? What about World of Tanks Blitz??

    • YARRRRR

      Add vainglory on top of that, or Hearthstone, I don't even.

  • The Nothing

    Was hoping "CA" meant California..LOL

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    Almost had me thinking this was like "battleships" one of those classic MOBA-style custom maps using Warcraft III that was more fun than DOTA. Alas, this seems less interesting. "Battle Tanks" was the best one in my eyes. It has always been a shame that DOTA became the popular one from that era with its elitist community in tow.

    It strikes me that these types of custom maps in older games may never find a way into playable history even though they were so influential. A similar problem to mobile games on their dramatically shifting platforms.

  • Ragnar Dragonfyre

    Another game that will make loads of money but never live up to its potential because it's freemium.

    Wish this bubble would burst already.

  • InTheAir

    Looks interesting, but seems like a much better fit as a $20-30 game on console. Unless Rovio is really this desperate, I can't believe they've expanded into the console market besides rereleasing all the Angry Birds games at something completely overpriced.

    • delirium38

      If this was a console game 5-10 dollars is the max and that's even pushing it.

      • InTheAir

        Well that's implying that the mechanics are expanded with the flexibility controllers provide.

  • Daniel Schroeder

    This looks so awesome, but exactly the type of game I couldn't put enough time into, and therefore always get demolished in matches.

  • flashbackflip

    Walking War Robots are still the best in genre.. Will see what this one will show off