Fortnite's Battle Royale gains over one milion players
Fortnite was a mildly successful PVE shooter created in a colorful and cartoony style what can be best described as a mix of Plants vs. Zombies and Team Fortress, it had an average-sized fanbase... until they released their Free-To-Play Battle Royale mode and all hell broke loose.
What is Fortnite Battle Royale?
The Battle Royale mode, or last man standing, is a type of play where a large amount of players (40+) is thrown into a huge map with equipment scattered all around, the last player standing wins. This year's online phenomenon, Playeruknown's Battlegrounds or PUBG/Punkbat for short, redefined this type of games garnering a massive following and quickly became the top-selling game on Steam and second most viewed game on Twitch. No wonder that guys at Bluehole studios didn't take kindly to Epic games decision to release a similar mode to Fortnite.
Perhaps the news of Fortnite (buy-to-play PVE title) getting a F2P Battle Royale would slide into obscurity if Punkbat didn't go "aww hell no" on Epic accusing them of ripping off PUBG and "contemplating legal action" in a press release. That's how something that could've ended with a simple "meh" turned into publicity battle between the two making news all across the gaming media and dividing players everywhere. A large portion of gaming community accused Bluehole of being overzealous over a format that they have no right to claim as theirs and disappointed turned their heads towards Fortnite.
What is the outcome?
This week alone free-to-play PVP mode for Fortnite has experienced a rush of over 1,3 million players and is running strongly against Punkbat with more and more youtube content creators switching from PUBG to Fortnite claiming that the latter delivers more stable and bug-free experience. Fortnite Battle Royale has also released on consoles which sets them way ahead of the Bluehole's title. In recent interview with PC Gamer, Punkbat's exec clarified that their claims are not targeting the game mode but the company itself but it's a little bit too late now.