Despite Monster Hunter World and Dragon Ball FighterZ releasing at the end of January, PUBG and Fortnite sales remained strong that month, raking in around 200 million dollars combined according to the data processing firm SuperData. Both games have been immensely successful even before then, and it seems like they’re staying that way.
Both PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have both become immensely popular in the past year, as PUBG was an Early Access juggernaut and following the release of its Battle Royale mode Fortnite has become a close competitor.
It seems both have found their niche in the face of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter World, two hotly anticipated titles that were immediately in a clash of titans when they released on January 26.
Monster Hunter World proved to be a gateway title to a large number of players that were interested in it, made even more so by the game releasing not just on Playstation 4 or a handheld console, but also the PC and Xbox One for the first time ever. Dragon Ball FighterZ also got a large number of Dragon Ball fans interested by allowing them to play an accessible fighting game from one of the world’s longest-running manga and anime franchises.
However, while those have both been big successes (Monster Hunter World being Capcom’s fastest-selling game ever, and Dragon Ball FighterZ sales hitting 2 million across every platform within days), PUBG and Fortnite sales are still managing to keep up with them.
Considering the millions and millions of players that both of those games have, and the entrance barrier even to games like FighterZ and Monster Hunter World, it may be a while before anything becomes popular enough to surpass PUBG and Fortnite sales.
In the meantime, PUBG and Fortnite will likely continue to battle for dominance over the fledgling Battle Royale genre.