Fortnite remains king, Apex Legends has serious competition, PlayerUnknown Battleground may finally leave the top 3, and Call of Duty Blackout has been slain, it has been an eventful week for the Battle Royale genre!
How is it?
Warzomn has taken all that made Blackout good and ramped it up to 200% with a massive map that merges the aesthetic of PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds and Traditional call of duty maps, everyone you turn you are hit by a wave of nostalgia, and bullets… its a madhouse out there.
One hundred fifty players per match have amped up the carnage, and I hope it only increases, crossplay ensures there is always a stream of warm bodies to fill lobbies.
The quality of the game itself has drawn a userbase that is rumoured to be close to 20million as of today, with 15million being our last known statistic at the 3-day mark.
Forget all that, how is the Pew Pew Pew?
As with every Call of Duty title, combat is the primary focus and Warzone does not disappoint in this area, the wide selection of weapons all feel and perform authentically, and lend themselves well to various combat situations, there are no “dud” weapons here, from long-range sniper battles to laying down a suppression field with LMG, every weapon serves its purpose and for now does so wonderfully.
The addition of the ability to self respawn by winning a 1v1 fight in the Gulag is a genre-defining gamechanger.
I can not wait to see what other forms of self revive show up in Fortnite, Apex Legends etc.
Apex Legends gave the genre Revive Vans/Stations & Item Ping, so it’s only a matter of time till we see the Fortnite/Apex version of the Gulag concept.
Fortnite is King.
Call of Duty is a serious contender to the throne.
Still, Fortnite has one thing Call of Duty does not, and that’s a widespread appeal to those who 1) dislike realistic violence 2) dislike their children viewing violence.
While the competition between the two will be close, it’s unlikely any serious longterm harm will come to Fortnite due to Warzone.
Apex Legends is Threatened.
With a similar trios based gameplay, similar strength of gunplay and solid brand recognition, Call of Duty and Apex legends are equally matched, Warzone however for right now has a huge advantage in the form of crossplay.
While Crossplay is in the works for Apex Legends, the first few battles of this War will be squarely in Warzone’s favour.
An excellent game in its own right, Apex Legends has a serious competitor in Call of Duty Warzone, and a single misstep could spell disaster.
PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds is Dethroned.
A high quality, streamer & Player beloved, crossplay battle royale, that also happens to be free to play.
I can hear the funeral chimes for PuBG already, while the former titan will never die, Warzone will take a chunk of its userbase, and some may not return.
The lack of console/PC crossplay for PuBG will also be a significant aspect of Warzones early victories over PlayerUnknown Battleground.
The War is far from over, and PUBG may have a few surprises yet to cement its place in the top 3, as without full crossplay, its position in the top 3 is definitely at risk.
Call of Duty Blackout is Dead.
Outside of its LTM modes, Blackout is now entirely unnecessary, everything Blackout did right, Warzone copies and in some cases improved upon, and when taking into consideration crossplay and the massive Warzone, Blackout looks set to fade into obscurity sooner rather than later.
BlackOps IV still has much to offer in the form of its exceptionally good zombie and well-received multiplayer modes, however losing Blackout will certainly destroy any momentum it had left in the long term.
Blackout IV is still an excellent game, but I would not purchase it for Blackout alone, as its clearly on the way out, and full lobbies may soon be a thing of the past.