In the past year, the battle royale genre has gained an exponential number of fans across the world. It has spawned success for streamers across Youtube and Twitch. It’s been a source of success for a large number of tournaments and events, held both locally and internationally. And of course, even if you’ve been under a rock for the past two years, you’ve probably seen it or heard about the games across all major media distribution outlets. Even non-gamers know about these titles.
The genre has never been as popular as it is right now. And with heavy hitters such as PUBG, Fortnite and the recently released battle royale title from Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends, the popularity of this genre has soared to new heights. Not to mention the genre also being incorporated into other massive franchises, such as Call of Duty and Tetris.
The biggest question for those outside of the industry and possibly those who aren’t fans of the genre is – WHY?
Why are these games so popular? Prior to Apex Legends, the top played battle royale title for 2018 was Fortnite. A title that allowed no respawns. The game quite literally dropped you and 99 other players onto an island. Forcing players to scramble and scavenge for weapons while trying to avoid being taken out within the first few minutes of the round. And what happens if you’re taken out within the first few minutes of the round? You’re sent back to the lobby to wait for another game to be loaded with 99 other players to jump back onto the island and try it all again.
Don’t get me wrong, I, myself have played many hours of these games. Fortnite, PUBG and even Apex Legends. And admittedly I still cannot give someone a straight answer as to why these games are so popular. Or why the genre appeals to many. Perhaps it’s the multiple PvP aspects and aesthetics of some. Maybe the building mechanics in another. It could quite possibly be the individual character abilities in the other. Or, maybe, it just boils down to bragging rights? Whatever the reason is, the question is quite simple.
Is battle royale a genre for you, and why?