Archive for May 4, 2018

By: Jonathan Davis

Have you ever jumped out of a plane (or a bus) while playing either PUBG or Fortnite and proceeded to ambush other players while continuously being herded towards the center of the map by an always approaching wall of energy?

If you have then you have experienced a Battle Royale game, a genre that has very quickly taken the top slots on streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixer.  The problem is, with the success of a couple Battle Royale games, all game producers now want a piece of the action.

We went from DayZ, which is the game that really started the craze, to PUBG, and now finally Fortnite.  Each of these games took what the game previous had done and expanded on it.  The end result is you have the more realistic PUBG, squaring off with the more cartoonish and fun loving Fortnite.  This is all well and good, but now there are rumors floating around that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will drop the single player campaign for…you guessed it.  A BATTLE ROYALE MODE!!

Call of Duty isn’t the only game rumored to be adding Battle Royale to their games.  It’s also been rumored that Battlefield powerhouse DICE is also thinking about delving into Battle Royale.  Now some of you may be asking yourself why I say this is ruining gaming, and here’s my response to that.

1. Both Call of Duty and Battlefield have built their fan bases for certain reasons.  Call of Duty is a fast paced, team based shooter, and Battlefield is a large-scale battle with a large variety of weapons and vehicles.  They both do their style of game well, so why change it now?

2. Both these games have also been known to have good single player campaigns.  While the vast majority of players play games for multiplayer, you still have people who either enjoy the campaign or don’t have internet capable of a stable connection for multiplayer.  So, by taking away that option, you lose some of your player base.

3. PUBG and Fortnite have already staked their claim on this genre.  By trying to enter this genre, both these titles will have to take away from what makes them unique, in order to try and make a good Battle Royale mode that is different than the current models.

In closing, Battle Royale games are a new, fun and addicting genre to play.  Other companies are seeing that and want to emulate it for their own gain, which in reality will probably only hurt their fan base.  Call of Duty and Battlefield should stick to what has worked for them for many years.

Let me know what you think of the rumors pertaining to Call of Duty and Battlefield trying to edge their way into the Battle Royale scene.  Do you think they should try it or leave it to the already established PUBG and Fortnite?  Let me know in the comments below.

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