With Epic Games having recently released Fortnite‘s Battle Royale mode for free across the sandbox survival title’s console and PC platforms, many expected the release of the game type to garner plenty of users to see what all of the fuss is about. Now, however, it seems as if the free-to-play mode has possibly exceeded expectations, as the developer has openly announced that over one million players took part in the game type on its launch day.
As seen in the tweet below from Fortnite‘s official Twitter account, it only took 24 hours for the title’s Battle Royale mode to accrue more than one million players, which was most likely thanks to the fact that it was capable to be played at no cost. Without a doubt, this will likely convert to plenty of fans going on to check out the complete edition of the fort-building survival game, which is currently available in Early Access.
Over 1 million players have partied on the Battle Bus during the first day of Battle Royale! Thank you and party on! 🙌🎉🚍 pic.twitter.com/Tdqnk8YClb
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) September 27, 2017
For those unaware, Fortnite recently experienced some criticism from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ developer Bluehole Studio for “replicating the experience for which PUBG is known” with the newly available Battle Royale mode. As a matter of fact, the company behind PUBG even went so far as to say it is “contemplating further action” against Epic Games for the uncanny similarities found between Fortnite and Battlegrounds.
Of course, while there’s no telling exactly whether or not Bluehole Studio will follow through with any legal action against Epic Games for Fortnite‘s Battle Royale, it’s obvious that the mode is a hit with fans, at least due to it being freely available on both consoles and PC. So, with PUBG being a paid product and Fortnite‘s Battle Royale being offered at no cost, it’s apparent that Bluehole is attempting to protect its investment against the competition, as the fort-building survival game definitely stands a chance at siphoning off a rather large amount of Battlegrounds players.
Fortnite is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: FortniteGame – Twitter