Fortnite: Battle Royale attracted over 1 million players upon its debut
Fortnite: Battle Royale has only been available for a few days, and in that time it's already attracted a whopping 1 million players.
The free-for-all mode can be downloaded free of charge for Fortnite owners on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One regardless of whether you purchased the early access version. With zero risk to players who are understandably wary of spending additional cash, it's easy to see how the game has amassed such an impressive player count so quickly.
It also happens to be the only battle-royale-style game available on consoles for the moment, beating PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to the punch ahead of the game's release on Xbox One. PUBG developer Bluehole previously expressed concern that Fortnite: Battle Royale was a bit too similar to its game based on the fact that both titles were part of the “battle royale” genre. Bluehole later clarified these comments, claiming the issue was with possible engine improvements Epic Games could be making to Fortnite ahead of PUBG’s console launch.
Epic has also announced additional customization options for characters in Fortnite: Battle Royale. There aren't the same plethora of options available to Fortnite players as there are in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which have been a huge part of the game and its subsequent success. As Fortnite: Battle Royale grows, it will continue to receive additional updates and tweaks in the form of customization and game options.
There are certainly similarities between both games, but there’s also room in the industry for both, and it will be intriguing to see how they transform over the coming weeks.