Fortnite Battle Royale: 5 Reasons for Its Success
Posted Apr 03, 2019 by JordanH
In March of 2019, data from Overwolf showed that 30% of its users were playing a Battle Royale game, with 12% of those choosing to go with Fortnite: Battle Royale. Since Overwolf is a software mostly used by hardcore gamers, it’s safe to say that their data reflects the habits of gamers worldwide. Let’s take a look at how a game can be so attractive that, just six months after its initial release, one out of every ten gamers are playing it.Free to Play
Let’s start with the obvious. Fortnite is a 10gb download, while Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds — the game’s main competitor — is a $60 purchase. When it comes to prices, you can’t beat something being free. Especially when Fortnite: Battle Royale keeps their monetization options sane and non-intrusive.Aesthetics
Fortnite’s success is often attributed to its fun and relaxed aesthetic, which makes the game more welcoming when compared to competitors. Battle Royale games are tense experiences with steep learning curves, but Fortnite makes all of that less stressful with their fun dances and the colorful battle bus.Leveling and Reward Trees
Fortnite: Battle Royale has its very own reward system, with XP, levels, and a battle pass that gives players cosmetic rewards for their hard work in-game. All of these contribute in making the player open up their game to play every day, and a system of rewards helps you feel like you’re accomplishing something even during the worst losing streaks, especially if you spend the ten bucks required to get access to the season’s premium quests and rewards list.The Battle Royale Genre
The biggest reason for Fortnite: Battle Royale’s success is just that. It is a Battle Royale game, an addition to a genre that’s taking the gaming world by storm. It’s easier to get things right when you have a tested formula to rely on. And while the fact that they copied so much from PUBG may irk some players, Fortnite’s successful results can’t be denied.
On top of what was copied, Fortnite also added its own flavor of elements that mixed perfectly with the Battle Royale formula — the most notable of them being the addition of building mechanics.Epic Polish
Epic Games isn’t just a game maker, they are an engine maker, the ones behind the Unreal Engine — the very same engine PUBG uses. On top of that, they had Fortnite’s base game in development years before PUBG was released. Thanks to that, Epic Games was in a unique position to jump on board of Battle Royale craze when it started.
The company pulled all stops, directing all of their resources towards developing Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. Having a complete game as a starting point made it much easier to create a polished battle royale experience in a short amount of time, and that’s exactly what they did.
By the time their new game mode came out in September of 2017, the game looked better and ran smoother than PUBG did at the time, with a much fresher and well defined visual identity. To the point where you would be excused if you looked at screenshots of both games and assumed PUBG was the clone.
PUBG has come a long way graphically and technically in the months since, but Fortnite remains technically sound. A lot more technically sound, in fact, than the others in the first wave of PUBG copycats. And while it is still not certain which game will rule the Battle Royale market, Fortnite has already earned the spot on the list of the greatest video game success stories of the past decade.