With the wild success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds—10 million sold and 1 million concurrent players—folks have been waiting for the next release in the newly-minted Battle Royale genre. Grand Theft Auto Online offered up Motor Wars, which shared superficial similarities, but ultimately was a very different game from PUBG. Today, we have the first real homage in the form of a new mode for Epic Games' Fortnite.
Epic Games announced today Fortnite: Battle Royale, a new PVP mode for the game featuring 100 players, a giant map, and combat backed by Fortnite's building system. The mode is now in Public Testing for current Fortnite players. And unlike Motor Wars, the connection to PUBG has been made explicit.
"Yeah, we made a PvP mode for Fortnite. We love Battle Royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version," wrote Fortnite creative director Donald Mustard on the PlayStation Blog. "A few months ago Epic’s Unreal Tournament team began experimenting with the mode while the original Fortnite team kept updating the core game. To maintain game balance we kept the PvP mode completely separate from the PvE mode. The new Battle Royale mode was so much fun we decided to share it with everyone to get feedback."
To celebrate the mode, Fortnite will be 25 percent off from today until September 18. Players can pick up the Standard or Deluxe Editions of the Founder's Packs for just a bit cheaper.
"We are really excited about Battle Royale and can’t wait for you to play it. This is just the first version of the mode, and we will update Battle Royale and the core Fortnite game throughout Early Access and into launch," added Mustard.
Are you ready for the oncoming storm of Battle Royale games?