A new player has just entered the Battle Royale Games arena and happens to be one of the most popular game franchises in the world. With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on October 12, the current ruler of the Battle Royale genre, Fortnite, has a new adversary in sight.
The first-person shooter Call of Duty belongs to Activision Blizzard and the new "blackout mode" in Black Ops 4 is the first foray into battle royale, where players fall into an ever-shrinking map and fight need to be the last person standing. The other two player modes in Black Ops 4 are familiar to the franchise: A standard multiplayer option and zombies that have three different storylines with the undead. (Black Ops 4 has removed the distinctive single-player campaign mode in favor of a Battle Royale option.)
The new blackout mode benefits from the success of Battle Royale as a whole, which according to SuperData is a gaming company is the most popular genre that people like to see. While there are other popular games in this category, such as PlayerUnknowns Battleground (PUBG), Fortnite's "explosive" power is largely responsible for his success. Fortnite accounted for 83% of the 700 million hours of Battle Royale content people saw on streaming platforms between May 201
Dan Bunting, co-studio head of Treyarch, the developer behind Call of Duty, told VentureBeat that the growing trend of live streaming games is more remarkable than the Battle Royale genre itself. "Who would have done ten years ago thought that people would watch other people playing, millions of people at a time? "Bunting said. "That was the more significant phenomenon."
Black Ops 4 is the latest title in Call of Duty's long and successful 15-year history, which could take players away from Fortnite. (Fortnite's Battle Royale mode was only launched in September 2017). Since 2003, each year, there has been a new title in the Call of Duty series (the first Black Ops game). The franchise has grossed more than $ 11 billion since the sale. The series' faithful fan base seems to be year after year – in 2017, Call of Duty was the top-selling console game in North America for the ninth consecutive year.
Black Ops 4 builds on the long-standing success of Call of Duty. and the popularity of the Black Ops series of games themselves. While most Call of Duty titles are played during World War II and some, such as the Modern Warfare titles, play in modern times, the Black Ops games find themselves during the Cold War instead of. "We deliver with a very classic Call of Duty experience with a Black Ops Twist in a larger Battle Royale genre," Bunting told the BBC.
That does not mean that Fortnite does not have its own competitive advantages The fact that it's completely free (Black Ops costs $ 60), the game includes pop culture (like Marvel characters in its superhero-based fourth season), and celebrities too outspoken fans. But Call of Duty remains a force to be reckoned with.
Fornite developer Epic Games is likely to be alert to Call of Duty – on October 11, the new "Quadcrasher", a vehicle destroying other players' designs, was announced. just one day before the launch of Black Ops 4. This suggests that Fortnite will continue to introduce new features to keep players on the hook.
But as Jean-Luc Bouchard wrote for Quartz last year, Black Ops 4 could possibly go where Battle Royale games have not gone before: "[The Blackout mode] successfully broke the line between PUBG's gloomy, war-torn imagery and realistic military-inspired mechanics Fortnite's broad, arcade-like appeal while renouncing PUBG. " s steep difficulty curve for shooting and fortnites steep difficulty curve for building. "
Let the Games Begin.