Fortnite may not be clogging news feeds with regular mentions but it is certainly making headway with its recent attention to the battle royale genre.
Speaking with Eurogamer in a recent interview, lead systems designer Eric Williamson announced that Fortnite now holds more than 40 million players across the world. This figure was 20 million players back in November and covers all three major platforms, a striking achievement within just a couple of months.
In addition, the community has mustered over 2 million concurrent players. This is an all-time high for the cooperative sandbox survival-action game and is certainly not the end. Considering the rate at which the player-base is growing, as well as the number of updates promised by the developer for this year, Fortnite can very well be expected to register new activity-based milestones in the coming months.
Does this make Fortnite the biggest battle royale game?
Epic Games does believe that its beloved new product “could be the biggest Battle Royale game in the western world” but the keyword here is the western hemisphere. Taking it global, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) still reigns supreme in the number of copies sold, number of concurrent and total players, and more.
Since both games delve in battle royale, they are often compared by fans. It is important to take into account that Fortnite is free-to-play. On the same front, PUBG has mostly enjoyed its success on a single platform but Fortnite has been available on all three.