A couple of days ago I wrote a series of tweets regarding Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode, released as a free to play game for the Playstation 4 and other platforms. Basically, I find it quite entertaining. I was not in the “battle royale” bandwagon, despite having read about the success of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) which was the game that made this genre take off in the past weeks, but I had a legitimate amount of fun playing this “last man standing” experience. However I was concerned that the game didn’t have any incentive to pull you over. There’s no levels you can get. No player customization to attach you to your avatar. No rewards for playing again and again. The game was fun, sure, but it could be so much more engaging.
Today I found out that such systems are coming to Fortnite. I am very much looking forward to them! Such a silly thing, no? Giving the player a progression system with customization and rewards works wonders to keep players interested into your admittedly repetitive product. Psychology. Speaking of mind games: I found it interesting that the developers of PUBG recently spoke out about their… “not excitement” about Fortnite’s releasing a Battle Royale mode – a mode that, it felt, they thought was their exclusive thing.
Look, fellas, PUBG may be the more “complete” game. It may have more players. It may be more complex. Have a bigger map, vehicles and best weapons… but at this point Fortnite has two big advantages:
- It’s free to play.
- It’s on Playstation 4.
Right now my drugs of choice are Destiny 2 and Final Fantasy XIV, two games that demand a lot of your time – a currency that’s ever scarce in adult life. Thinking of buying another game to compete with that, knowing that I may not have enough time for it? Doesn’t sound too appealing. A F2P game with a cool premise I can just download and pop in here and there during the weekend? Yeah. No contest.
Have you given Fortnite Battle Royale a shot? Have you tried any of these Battle Royale genre games? I like it. I really do. I played duos and managed to finish 8th. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to ever “be the last one” but I’ll sure s heck sweat every inch of the map I must cover to escape the storm and my fellow men.