Epic Games launched “Chapter 2” for the famous battle-royale game Fortnite on Tuesday in an effort to prevent players from leaving by going to the rivals “Apex Legends” and “Call of Duty.”
Fortnite has been in decline since Sunday giving players no other option. The new version of the game has 13 new locations, a space where characters can swim, fish and launch motorboats as well as new places to hide and store new avatars and weapons.
It was Fortnite and Tencent’s “PlayUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG)” game that popularized the battle-royale style, a survival concept where 100 players jump onto one island and fight one another while only one remains.
The games are free to play but players can purchase advanced character features and function. Fortnite amassed $2.4 billion in revenue in 2018, more than any other title. These successes attracted the attention of Electronic Arts who launched the similar Apex Legends game in early 2019.
Finally on October 1st Activision launched a similar variant of “Call of Duty” and garnered 125 million unique downloads and generated $28 million in less than a week. Expenses on Fortnite dropped 23% since the launch of Call of Duty.