It seems that the world’s appetite for battle royale games hasn’t reached saturation after massive hits like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite and Apex Legends have taken the world by storm. The massive Call of Duty franchise also wanted a piece of the pie, with some interesting additions to the extremely popular genre. Activision has announced they have reached 15 million players only days after launching Call of Duty: Warzone.
The title launched on March 10th and quickly garnered a lot of attention. It was a launch we hadn’t seen coming, with the developers announcing the game the day before it dropped. Attaching a well-known and much-loved brand like Call of Duty to the genre also helped it reach many more people than an indie title would have.
Overall, players are warming to the new take on the battle royale. Reaching an active player base of 15 million people is not mean feat – Apex Legends was up to 10 million players after a similar period. Of course, this growth in active players will tail off significantly over time, but the longevity of active growth is what will make or break the game.
While Call of Duty has certainly had a major cultural impact on the gaming industry, but Fortnite is now synonymous with the battle royale genre and will be difficult to dethrone. Warzone is hoping to do it with a bigger arena, more players per matches, interesting vehicle mechanics, and the innovative addition of the Gulag.
In the Gulag, players will battle it out 1 vs 1 and the winner will be able to respawn back into the main game. If your teammates are also part of the Gulag queue, they can spectate the fight from a balcony and even assist by throwing rocks at opponents to stun them.
Are you a Call of Duty: Warzone player? How have you found the experience thus far?