Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout Battle Royale mode won't make a dent in Fortnite, says expert
FORTNITE'S dominance isn't threatened by Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's attempt to grab some of the battle royale market, according to one industry analyst.
Developer Treyarch revealed the first information about their net Black Ops game at the end of last week, including a few titbits about their take on a mass-multiplayer last-man-standing mode.
The creation of the Blackout battle royale mode may have be inspired by the massive success of Fortnite, but Epic Games doesn't have anything to fear from the world's biggest gaming franchise.
According to Business Insider, Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz told clients that despite Call of Duty's $15bn in lifetime sales it only has niche appeal compared to Fortnite.
This is because the CoD games, Black Ops included, are rated 18 and are designed to appeal to the hardcore gaming audience. Fortnite, on the other hand, is rated 12+ in Europe, and appeals to a wider audience who might be put off by the gore and profanity of a game such as Call of Duty.
"We believe the game is not positioned to appeal to wider, younger players like Fortnite is," Uerkwitz said. "We believe this game is built to be the best-in-class hardcore [first person shooter]."
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Fortnite is estimated to have approximately 45 million players, with upwards of three million playing at any one time. While the co-op story mode costs up to £49.99, the popular battle royale mode is available to all players for free, with optional purchases in game.
The top-selling Call of Duty: Black Ops games, meanwhile, sold a paltry 30.4 million copies–though if you tot up the entire Black Ops series of Call of Duty games the total exceeds 100 million.
Black Ops' star has been waning sales-wise too; Black Ops 3 sold almost 13 per cent fewer copes than the first Black Ops branded call of Duty game. There is a new mobile iteration of Call of Duty on the way though, from Candy Crush developer King, though it's not clear if this will be part of the Black Ops series.
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