With the rapid success of Fortnite's and PlayerUnknown's battlegrounds, other developers are searching for the growing popularity of the Battle Royal sub-genre to find their next big hit. We have brought dozens of players together in an intense battle to determine who is number one. It's been one of the hottest game modes for some time – both PUBG and Fortnite have comfortable seats in Twitch's top-stream games. But with the sub-genre continuing to engage with online communities and even celebrities joining in the fun, many are wondering where the burgeoning game mode can go from here.
To understand where the Battle Royal Armes race continues, it's important to start back from the beginning of the trend. To understand how we came to this point ̵
What is Battle Royale?
Until the end of 2017, PUBG was a huge success, with a top-notch number in December reaching over 3 million active users on Steam. Battlegrounds would break records in Steam and even earn higher monthly sales than Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the first month. From March 2018 PUBG sold over 40 million copies on all platforms and even received a free mobile version. PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds was one of the most talked-about titles of the year in 2017 – he even received the Game of the Year nomination from several press outlets. In its first year, PUBG Corporation released two complete maps for the game, with another map that is smaller – the 4×4 Savage card – currently in beta. In addition, the developers are experimenting with a more traditional deathmatch mode, which offers a wider variety of content, and also support the Xbox One version, which recently reached over 5 million players.
Given the success of PUBG, many other developers began to shift their focus to coincide with the popularity of the genre – even if it meant turning their existing games into something completely different.
The Rebirth of Fortnite
Revealed in 2011, Epic Games ™ Fortnite was a passion project for many of its main developers, including Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski belonged. As a zombie shooter in Horde mode with a focus on base builds, Fortnite's main aim was to survive against increasingly challenging enemy waves. In co-op mode, the original mode – now known as "Save The World" – has brought players across multiple maps to level their characters and gain new loot. Although the developers were excited about their potential, the game's development was rather uneasy and the team had problems nailing the core game and mechanics. After several years of upgrading and refining its gameplay systems, Fortnite was released on July 25, 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The launch of Fortnite coincided with the growing popularity of PUBG, which the developers developed also played at the time. Speaking at GDC 2018 about their unorthodox approach to launching the game, Epic Games publisher Ed Zobrist said they wanted to quickly develop an alternate mode to complement Fortnite's main campaign. By moving the Unreal Tournament development team to Fortnite: Battle Royale, they were able to release the new game mode on September 26, 2017, two months after the early launch of the base game. To offer the game for as many players as possible, the new mode was free, while the PVE content was playable only by purchasing the base package of the game for early access – which will eventually be available to all players for free as soon as they are played Have access. That decision would continue to drastically change Fortnite.
In Fortnite: Battle Royale, the overall pace is faster, and with a smaller card, engagements with other players are fairly common. With a more stylized design and aesthetics, the overall feel and shooting mechanics are arcade-like compared to PUBG's realistic shooting style, in keeping with its roots in military style action games. Instead of a cargo plane, players are taken to the island by a flying party bus, with music playing in the background as players descend to the island. From here, players can get the same kind of engagement as expected from Battle Royal Games. However, the big difference between Fortnite and PUBG is the inclusion of building technology.
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