The initial launch period is pretty important for all games, but it’s particularly vital for battle royales. After Fortnite went absolutely nuclear, making a big splash right out of the gate has become a bit of necessity for new titles in the genre.
Fortnite itself had a monster launch, seeing 1 million players dropping out of the battlebus in the first 24 hours, setting a pretty tough pace to match. Respawn Entertainment told Fortnite to hold its beer, smashing onto the scene with Apex Legends raking in a whopping 2.5 million players in its first 24 hours. Crazy numbers right there.
Activision and Infinity Ward’s new free-to-play battle royale entry, Call of Duty: Warzone has now been live for a full day and holy shit are players getting around it. Coming from the Call of Duty Twitter account, it has been announced that Warzone saw a ridiculous 6 million individual players in 24 hours:
What a day! 24 hours in and over 6 million of you have dropped into #Warzone.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) March 11, 2020
With a 150 player count mixed with the well-established gunplay from Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty entries, Warzone was already poised to be a major player in the battle royale market, this just solidifies those perceptions.
I’ll be jumping onto Warzone to give it a crack (once the 100gb download finishes) will you? Or will you be sticking with Fortnite or Apex? Let us know.