Could we see battle royale reinvigorate the franchise?
Activision is said to be “keenly aware” of the successful battle royale formula of games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite.
The Dow Jones Newswire reports that, following a meeting between Activision Blizzard and its investment firm Oppenheimer, Activision is reportedly “keenly aware of how other game publishers have recently benefited from releasing titles in [the popular] ‘battle royale’ genre.
“Management reminded investors that the company is a faster follower,” Oppenheimer continued.
While not an exact announcement, the implication here is that we may see some kind of battle royle mode make its way into an Activision franchise (or appear via a new game). Likely candidates would undoubtedly include the company’s upcoming 2018 title, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which was announced last week with very few details beyond the announcement of Treyarch’s return to the well-received Call of Duty subseries.
The battle royale format has rocketed both PUBG and Fortnite to success, with PUBG recently becoming the third highest-selling game on Steam, and Fortnite becoming the most-watched and most-streamed game on Twitch.
We’ll have to wait and see if this is something Activision feels is truly worth pursuing, though. And whatever Black Ops 4 holds in store, Activision has announced a gameplay reveal will come on May 17.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated for release on October 12 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.