Fortnite took the world by storm when it released it was Battle Royale mode back in September 2017. It went on to have a phenomenal 2018, even crossing into mass media when Drake and popular Twitch streamer Ninja played together, earning 635,000 viewers and breaking the former non-tournament Twitch record of 388,000. Fortnite has shown no sign of slowing down, at least yet.
Now, I don’t care for Fortnite. I think it’s quite mediocre in comparison to some of the other games that are similar in nature. It’s never quite piqued my interest, but it’s one I’ll agree to play because it has established itself in the free-to-play category, which is why it’s base has amassed an estimated 200 million players. It’s a good group game in a time where video games haven’t always successfully integrated group aspects.
But, all good things must come to an end, as is life. Games will adapt, and likely a new platform will rise to surpass its predecessors. It may have already happened, with the release of Apex Legends just this past week. I can give no opinion on the game itself as Snowmaggedon knocked out the power at my apartment and then snowed me when I visited my parents, but I’ll get there eventually.
I look back on beloved game franchises such as Halo or Call of Duty who have since fallen and become these less popular versions of what they used to be. I played Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and was more impressed by both the Zombies and Battle Royale game modes than much anything else in the game. I feel that Fortnite may be stumbling into a similar routine where we’ll soon see it peak and then fall into a rhythm of slightly altered variations that never quite meet the standard that has now been established.
I’m certainly not clairvoyant or possess any knowledge of the future, but I’ve been around for quite some time and have witnessed the rise and fall of great games over the years. I’ve been bitterly disappointed by games I so desperately wanted to be great (Fallout 76 nearly killed me) and from what I can see, there’s not much to keep it around for years to come. It was one of the firsts of its kind, so naturally, it cannot be the best there is for the genre.