The Rise of Fortnite

Xavier Juarez, Reporter

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Whether it be from a friend, a post on social media, or actually playing it yourself, you’ve probably heard of “Fortnite”. Fortnite is a free to play game on Xbox, PS4, and PC that features two modes. The first being the original mode that tasks players with surviving and ultimate escaping the surrounding environment. However, the game gained most of its popularity due to its second mode, the very popular “Battle Royale”. This mode puts one hundred players into a map and lets them duke it out. To ensure that the players are actually interacting with each other, a circle will appear on the map that damages the players on the outside. This simple game mode has taken the gaming I distort by storm, as many other developers are trying to cash in while it’s still big. But many are left to wonder why something so simple has gotten so big.

 

The Battle Royale genre has been around for years, with other games in the past few years. With each game that came out it always peaked in popularity for about a week, dying out quickly after. However, something changed in the past couple of months. In recent years, streaming had grown in popularity. Many streamers stuck primarily to one game, but when they got bored of it they would switch it up. Many streamers flocked to Fortnite, as it was free to play and had a distinct visual style. The game blew up, having a massive surge in popularity as more and more began to play.

The game was constantly updated with new content im order to keep things fresh, everything from costumes to special weapons were added near monthly. Players kept returning with each update, excited to see the new additions to the game. The player base was large and happy, until another game came along.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, PUBG, already was steadily growing in popularity. Having an already massive player base, the game had not only helped inspire the Battle Royale mode of Fortnite, but had also easily taken its audience. The game featured largely the same mechanics, but switched the graphics to a more realistic style than was used in Fortnite. The game took on a more serious tone, having vehicles that would run out of gas, scopes for weapons, and making it overall harder to survive. The game was perfect for players who had grown tired of Fortnite. The game added a sense of realism that wasn’t in Fortnite. Streamers flocked to it, in hope of not only gaining a wider audience, but also in hopes of it being a fun game. While it was similar to Fortnite, it was different enough to keep them playing.

 

Today, many still play Fortnite and PUBG. The recent release of the Xbox version of PUBG has helped the overall player count, boasting over three million concurrent players at one point. With the recent success of these games, one is left to wonder what’s next.

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