A new player has just entered the royale game arena, and it is by chance one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world. With the release Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on October 12, the current ruler of the game's royal genre Fortnite now has a new enemy in sight.
First-person shooter Call of Duty game is owned by Activision Blizzard, and the new Blackout mode in Black Ops 4 is the first priority in Battle Royale, which is when players are stepped into a steadily shrinking map and must fight it to be the last person standing. The other two player modes in Black Ops 4 are known for the franchise: A standard multiplayer option, and Zombies, which has three different storylines, all containing undead. (Black Ops 4 has removed the feature singleplayer campaign mode in favor of a combat royal alternative.)
The new Blackout mode capitalizes the success of Battle Royale as a whole, which, according to SuperData, a gaming research firm, is the most popular genre as people like to look at. While there are other popular games in this category, such as PlayerUnknown's Battlefield (PUBG), Fortnite's "explosive" power is largely responsible for its success. Fortnite accounted for 83% of the 700 million hours of royal content that people watched streaming platforms between May 201
Dan Bunting, co-studio director of Treyarch, the developers behind Call of Duty, told VentureBeat that the growing trend of live streaming games was more remarkable than the genre of royal genres. "Who would have thought 10 years ago that people would watch other people play games, millions of people at a time?" Bunting said. "It was the phenomenon that was more significant."
Black Ops 4 is the latest title in Call of Duty's long and successful 15-year history, which can help turn players away from Fortnite. (Fortnites Battle Royale mode was first launched in September 2017.) A new title in the Call of Duty series has been released each year from 2003 (the first Black Ops game launched in 2010) and the franchise has generated more than 11 billion Dollar on sale since then. The series's loyal fan base appears to be stuck year after year, in 2017, Call of Duty was North America's best-selling console game for the ninth consecutive year.
Black Ops 4 is based on both Call of Duty's long-term success as well as the popularity of Black Op's game selection itself. While most Call of Duty titles were set during World War II, and some, such as the Modern Warfare titles, are set in modern times, the Black Ops games take place during the Cold War. "We deliver with a very classic Call of Duty experience with the Black Ops Twist in a major Battle Royale genre," Bunting told BBC.
Fortnite does not have its own competitive edge, including the fact that it's completely free (Black Ops costs $ 60), includes the game pop culture (like Marvel characters in its superhero-based fourth season) and celebrities are also incredible fans. But Call of Duty is still a force to be considered.
Fornite developers Epic Games are probably awake by Call of Duty-on October 11th. The new "quadcrasher", a vehicle designed to destroy other player's designs, was announced just one day before the launch of Black Ops 4. This indicates that Fortnite will continue to introduce new features in an attempt to keep players connected.
But as Jean-Luc Bouchard wrote for Quartz last year, Black Ops 4 could potentially go where battle royal games have not happened before: "[The Blackout mode] could succeed on the line between PUBG's cruel, warrior-visual and realistic military inspired mechanics and Fortnite's wide arcade-style appeal while changing the PUBG's steep difficulty curve for shooting and Fortnite's steep difficulty curve for construction. "
Let the games begin.