Battle Royale Taking the World by Storm
Video games have come a long way since their inception, from having the pixelated graphics to the 4K graphics, video games have become more awesome. We have seen the dominance of shooting war games like CS: GO and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in the gaming world but now there is new entrant “Battle Royale “ in the gaming world who is challenging the dominance of shooter games and people are loving it. It all started with the PUBG when it broke the record of having the highest number of concurrent players in the game and it got the spotlight. Soon after the success of PUBG, Epic games released the Fortnite, which was also a huge success. In this article, we will discuss the different factors behind the success of Battle Royale Genre.
Battle Royale Concept
The concept of Battle Royale is not new, in 1999, Koshun Takami published a novel with the title “Battle Royale” where he told the story of a group of mid-school children who were forced to fight each other to the death on a deserted island by the Japanese government.
One year later, a movie was released with the same story which was released in more than 20 years and it was a big hit. But in my opinion, the Influence of Hunger Games trilogy on the success of Battle Royale genre is much greater than any other factors. Hunger games were one of the best-selling book series of all time with more than 65 million copies sold in the US alone. Later on, Hunger games movie series also made a huge profit and it showed that people were loving this genre. On the release of hunger game movie in cinemas, Minecraft launched the survival mode which was played by a large number of players. ARMA 2 also released a survival mode which was equally popular among the ARMA 2’s community.
The Unique & Diverse Gameplay
The Unique Gameplay one of the major reason behind the success of Battle Royale games. It starts with the players land on the island and starts looking for weapons and resources. The resources and weapons are scattered on the island so it will depend on the strategy and speed of the player on how he will approach the things he needs and players also have the weight limit which makes them conscious about which things to pick and which things to ignore. Players can hold the only a couple of weapons at a time so it maintains the balance. The size of the area also continue to shrink over the time and players can use it as an opportunity to target the players.
Another beauty of Battle Royale’ gameplay is its diversity. You have the option either to go with the stealth approach where you can use the resources and weapons as baits or you can go with the shooter mode where you can go for destroying each and every player on your way.
The success of any game also depends on its business model. Two most popular Battle Royale games: PUBG and Fortnite have little different business models. PUBG is a paid game where you have to buy the copy from the online store but Fortnite is a free to play the game. Both games have enjoyed immense popularity in the last few months where PUBG have sold millions of copies, Fortnite’ community has also increased in millions. Fortnite is a free to play the game but you have to spend real-world money in the game to unlock the special items and trust me you will spend your money in the game even if you don’t want to.
Battle Royale games like PUBG and Fortnite are awesome and it allows both parents and children to sit together and play the games. Both Games have their different approach like PUBG have more realistic graphics but Fortnite have a more attractive cartoonish look but it depends on your personal preference.
Adrenaline is a hormone which gives the energy to the brain and playing battle Royale games releases a huge amount of Adrenaline which gives you very good feeling. Battle Royale games are easy to play but as the match progress the difficulty level increase and it makes the survival more difficult. It gives you immense happiness when you win the match or even in the top 3 players. , So this factor plays an important role in motivating players to play for longer periods.
Updating Video games is a very difficult task and success of any game depending on the updates. If one game receives regular updates then the players of the game will be happy with the game and that’s what Battle Royale Games are good at. Recently, Fortnite put the Christmas tree on the island and similarly the battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite get the regular updates for special events from time to time which makes the game more relevant.
The Psychological Factor
Survival is the major part of the human psyche and when you play the Battle Royale games it triggers the survival part and it motivates the players for survival. Battle Royale games always start from the nothing where the player has to get the required resources and eliminate others. So basically, Battle Royale games play with your mind and that is the major reason behind the success of Battle Royale games.
Battle Royale is an amazing genre and it has potential to become the most popular gaming genre of all time but it also needs to evolve with the time. We also have to wait and see if Battle Royale can stay popular in this diverse ecosystem until then enjoy Battle Royale Games.