YouTuber YourRAGE shares take on Fortnite
Epic Games’ hit battle royale title Fortnite has undergone multiple changes since its release in 2017. Currently in season 21, the constant influx of content leads some players to dislike the game because it keeps changing. Among these players is YouTuber YourRAGE.
The gaming content creator wrote on Twitter that he wished Epic Games could give him back the feeling of playing Fortnite like he had when the game was first released. However, it seems unlikely for Epic Games to grant the wish. The gaming company plans to release updates that give more gameplay mechanics and collaborative events with well-known individuals and titles.
“I’ll be happy again when a game drops that gave me the same feeling Year 1 Fortnite gave me,” YourRAGE wrote.
Current state of Fortnite
Fortnite stood tall among other games with its unique mix of gameplay mechanics. Unlike other titles, Fortnite is the only game that allows Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, Arianna Grande, Travis Scott, and Thanos to share a map.
However, Fortnite now has matchmaking issues. Players new to the game will likely be matched up with skilled players who are already familiar with the gameplay and the game’s building mechanics.
Fortnite’s building mechanics are central to winning the game. While they are easy on paper, they can be confusing for new players as building involves strategy and movement speed.
In other words, there is a balancing issue that might limit new players from trying and staying in the game. Although the developer has added the Zero Build mode, players are still far from content.
Back in Chapter 1, Season 3, Epic Games released Turbo Building. The new feature is intended to help players build much faster by simply holding down a button instead of clicking each building piece. While the developer had high hopes for the feature, it caused the Fortnite community to get irritated with it.
Similar to other battle royale titles, Fortnite’s gameplay can get very repetitive and monotonous despite the constant content updates of skins, new game modes, and weapons.
Is Fortnite dying in 2022?
One year after its release, Fortnite’s registered users were around 125 million. These numbers grew significantly throughout the years and reached 400 million in 2021.
In a bid to entertain and retain existing players, Epic Games has multiple initiatives to ensure Fortnite remains relevant, such as live concerts and a mode to watch parties of esports tournaments, which to some extent have helped the game to retain its current player base count.
Fortnite also had a consistent monthly active player base last year, hitting approximately 80 million and peaking at 83.3 million. The growth can be attributed to concerts and in-game events, with the most notable being Scott’s concert in April 2020, when the game had 12.3 million concurrent players.
Revenue-wise, the game made 5.8 billion in 2021, a significant increase from 3.7 billion in 2019.
While players like YourRAGE might be leaving Fortnite, the game remains one of the most successful battle royale titles in the gaming industry. It is enough to say that the game is far from dying.