It looks like the Battle Royale survival mode is the next big thing that many developers will be chasing. Epic managed to hit it big (for now) with the free Battle Royale mode in Fortnite, announcing that they’ve already surpassed a million players who have downloaded and given the mode a go.
The announcement was made via a tweet they sent out, acknowledging that a million players popped in for the first day of the Battle Royale mode in Fortniate.
Over 1 million players have partied on the Battle Bus during the first day of Battle Royale! Thank you and party on! 🙌🎉🚍 pic.twitter.com/Tdqnk8YClb
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 27, 2017
They haven’t talked about how much the game has sold so far during its early access run, which includes a paid version made available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game is not available on Steam, however, so that cuts out a large portion of the PC gaming audience who probably won’t want to be bothered to pay for and download an all new client for a game that’s going to be free-to-play next year anyway.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole Studios actually got butthurt that Epic added a Battle Royale mode to Fortnite because they feel it creatively infringes on what they were doing with their own game. They also feel as if since they’re licensing the Unreal Engine 4 from Epic, that the engine holder might begin to utilize the advancements that Bluehole is making to get the UE4 to adequately and stably support 100 or more players and then advance on Fortnite by utilizing those design techniques.
It’s most certainly pettiness dealt by the hand of Bluehole, but whiners are going to whine.
Anyway, the early success of the Battle Royale mode doesn’t really speak much for the longevity of Fortnite, however.
Expect to see more games adopt the Last Man Standing/Battle Royale game mode now that the 100-player mode has become a global phenomenon that 10 million people have experienced in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
You can currently play Fortnite’s version for free while the game is still in early access over on the official website.