With a player base now sitting at over 40 million for the free-to-play Battle Royale mode for Epic's Fortnite. Available across all major platforms, including PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the popular mode is also getting a major map overhaul this week that will see more buildings including city areas and mines.
In speaking with Eurogamer
, Epic's Eric Williamson notes that "we could be the biggest Battle Royale game in the western world, which is crazy". The changes to the map also come alongside improvements to Epic's Unreal Engine to allow for detailed level streaming. New tech that should also benefit other Unreal Engine titles - including PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds which is also built on Unreal.
In December Fortnite Battle Royale saw a rise to 30 million players with over 1.3 million concurrent, so this probably wont be the last we hear about the success of Epic's foray into the world of Battle Royale. Question is, with both this and PUBG now huge players, does the industry have room for a third popular Battle Royale game? Time will tell, because this style of play is becoming increasingly popular