The Future of the Battle Royale Genre

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Walker Winkler

A drop in popularity has caused some people to believe that the battle royale genre is dying off

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The Future of the Battle Royale Genre

via Epic Games

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The so called “Battle Royale” genre of video games has recently gained huge popularity, quickly making it the most popular gaming genre.

This new success is mostly due to a game known as “Fortnite: Save the World”. The gaming company behind “Fortnite” released this free battle royale version of it’s original game “Fortnite: Battle Royal” which quickly became very popular around the world. This led to many more companies releasing their own battle royale games that put their own twist on the idea; however, none have come close to competing with the overwhelming popularity of the original “Fortnite: Battle Royale”.

Another battle royale game known as “Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds” or PUBG, for short, was another one of the large sparks that led to the rise of popularity in the battle royale genre. Released before Fortnite, it was the most popular battle royal game until the release of Fortnite.

Now, excitement for these games is starting to slow down, which causes some people to speculate that the genre may be dying off; however, some argue that the release of the “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield” battle royale games will keep the genre alive and exciting for people to play.

Sophomore William Whitaker used to play PUBG a lot, having a total of 291 hours on record of playtime.

“The genre is not dying,” Whitaker says.

He has also played multiple other battle royale games such as “Fortnite”, which has not seen a large decrease in popularity over the past few months.

Although the drop in people talking about these games has led people to believe that the games may be dying off, the slow-progressing story and constant updates in Fortnite have kept it going, and with frequent releases of new battle royale games, the excitement for the genre is staying strong.

Although the genre may not be immortal, with how battle royale games are going currently, with strong popularity and constant updates, the genre does seem to be safe to continue on into the foreseeable future.

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