Fortnite racks up 40 million downloads, boasts about its success

    
37
This one's for you, guy.

Forty million downloads. That’s the staggering number that Epic Games is tossing around concerning its incredibly successful Fortnite after a busy holiday season. That’s 10 million up from a month ago, by the way — and it’s only 100 days into the game’s live operation.

“Some of the folk around the office are saying hey, we could be the biggest battle royale game in the western world, which is crazy,” said Lead Systems Designer Eric Williamson. “Some people are saying we could be the biggest and best-played game in the western world.”

So what’s next for the game? The Map Update is coming to the Battle Royale mode with a city and new named areas to flesh out the landscape as well as more distinct biomes.

Success does draw unsavory elements, however, and Epic Games ended up levying a lawsuit against yet another individual who found and broadcast an exploit to gain premium currency.

Thinking about jumping on board the Fortnite express but don’t really know what it’s all about? Check out VG247’s FAQ on the game, the first dev diary of the year, and the latest trailer below!

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Sorenthaz

40 million downloads is even more meaningless than 40 million registered users. Literally says nothing other than how many times it’s been downloaded.

Literally the only reason they’re doing that is to pull a bigger number than PUBG out of their rear because mindless consumers don’t pay attention to the finer details.

Meanwhile they continue to be quiet about the PvE mode, the mode that was supposed to be the original focus of the game but was quickly bait/switched for a focus on cashing out with Battle Royale.

Reader
Sally Bowls

I don’t have a horse in this race and I fear any survival success will mean more development for these instead of games I like.

But FFS people, 40 million is still 40 million. Yes, the question is still whether the MAU in six months will be 32M or 0.2M. But note the carefully inserted Western adjective. You can’t compare PUBG worldwide numbers if this is a Western epeen contest.

The irony and interconnected world is that Epic, who is touting their Western numbers, is owned by a Chinese company and said Chinese company publishes PUBG in China.

Reader
Melissa McDonald

Just please tell me y’all say it like “Roy-AL” not “royal”. *extends pinky whilst sipping beer in a glass. Not a can or bottle*
:D

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Bhima Jenkins

And not a peep about their PvE Mode for a long time. Not even a short bullet list generally laying out what they are working on and a loose time-frame.

Reader
Michael
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Ironweakness

I prefer the PvE version of the game, so it’s kind of sad that at this point “Fortnite” is synonymous with the battle royale mode. I have to actually explain when I’m talking about the game that I mean the original version. Otherwise the assumption is that I’m referring to the battle royale. Which wouldn’t be a big deal, expect I think the dev team views it like this as well. Fortnite is battle royale. That game people actually payed money to play? That’s just an interesting side piece.

Reader
Melissa McDonald

The way I look at this is, a lot more people buy cheeseburgers than steaks, too.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

the people aren’t even necessarily buying anything at all. they’re just downloading a f2p game that is being markettted heavily on social media the past 2-3 months.

why is my dank meme pages posting videos of this game?

why is NCIX posting videos of this game nearly daily when they can’t even process orders on weekends?

Reader
Michael

Yeah I mean, 40 million is nothing, the game is free!

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

i mean if you had the context of my other posts below or the history involved this comment comes off as banal and asnine to say the least.

Reader
Michael

or you had the context of mine ;)

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

okay

Reader
A Dad Supreme

Some of the folk around the office are saying hey, we could be the biggest battle royale game in the western world, which is crazy,” said Lead Systems Designer Eric Williamson. “Some people are saying we could be the biggest and best-played game in the western world.”

I guess the logical takeaway is most of the folk around the office don’t believe any of that braggadocio.

Would be interesting to hear what most of the folk around the office thinks.

Reader
Michael

Some people on the internet think way to much into one word that could be interchangeable by most editors on a press release.

Reader
IronSalamander8 .

I was initially interested in this game enough that I watched a few videos on it and those turned me off of getting it after perusing various Youtubers and reviews of the game’s business model. Too bad really as I like the concept a lot.

Reader
Michael

Huh? It is free with MTX that are purely cosmetic. Not sure what you are on about? Maybe the SP? I don’t know anything about the SP. No one cares about the SP.

Do you think PUBG with a 30$ buy in and MTX lootboxes is better or something?!?!

Reader
shear

Talk about rubbing it into Blueholes face after they moaned so much that they were being copied so much by Fortnite.

I find it quite funny. It’s like Epic wants Bluehole to lash out in some way so they can cut the support for that game entirely to hurt it more. Kinda genius since Blueholes CEOs do a lot of public talking without much thinking about what they are saying.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

idk, bluewhole can post far more subtanstual numbers for pubg than epic is willing to for fortnite.

this is downloads which not a very dazzling metric compared to pubg’s actual sales and concurrency numbers, which we can get a good sense of if not nakedly verifiable via steam’ metrics data.

these numbers below are alot more boastful and meaningful than numbers about dowloads for a f2p game from epic:
http://steamspy.com/app/578080

http://steamcharts.com/app/578080

Reader
shear

I don’t know, I would disagree with the notion that these numbers don’t say much even if it is a free to play the game. LoL is also a free game but it’s a force to be reckoned with and pulls in a substantial amount of money every year.

If you take a look at Twitch the amount of people who watch Fortnite and PUBG is virtually the same, which would indicate that the interest in the game is very much the same.

Furthermore, Fortnite runs a hell of a lot better then PUBG and the requirements are a lot smaller to run it too which pushes the player base further.

Personally, I don’t like Fortnite but I can see how and why Bluehole lashed out a little. PUBG will never go away but the pace at which it grows is definitely slowed down by Fortnite.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

pubg runs alot better since it launched. in general the launch patch fixed alot of the complaints people had (it still has bugs ofc like any other game).

fortnite still has shit gunplay and bad ux tho.

pubg’s maps are also a lot more interesting than fortnite’s.

anyways i’m not sure how much twitch numbers really indicate level of interest in games. never have been. i’m sure if you look at number of people watching gta5/o in the past month they wouldn’t be so good, despite rockstar posting some serious numbers for it.

Reader
shear

PUBG has a ton of issues still. I have a pretty beefy pc and holy crap it’s demanding and it does not look nearly good enough to be THIS demanding.

The last at the start of the matches is crazy too. There are a ton of issues that the game faces. I like it a lot and play it often enough but it wasn’t ready to leave EA in my opinion.

Fortnite gunplay and the building mechanic is the thing that makes me not want to even try it. I don’t want to worry about building walls and shit, if I wanted to play Minecraft I would. The gunplay does look very boring in it too.

But my argument wasn’t really about which game is better, that’s sort of your preference. I don’t like Fortnite but 40m downloads is not a small number, not every free to play game interests people to that extent. Although it’s probably arguable that the only reason people are trying it is due to the success of PUBG.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

large map large population games are like that tho. especially in pvp. even with less precise combat than a shooter like pubg is.

pubg’s biggest performance issue is load times and that’s largely down to drive speed. which even a faster than 5400rpm hdd is more than decent on that front.

Reader
Michael

Sorry but your experience is different then most. Just take one look at the steam reviews and you will see that for most players across the board it still runs poorly, has issues with regional play,netcode, and cheating.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

>diffrent than most

which is why it is beating concurrency records for steam weekly. becuase yeah everyone hates it and are having a terrible experience with it.

did you just walk out of an r/games pubg thread or something? XD

Reader
Michael

Well, clearly because Fortnite isn’t on Steam ;) And it is absolutely a mixed bag, just look at the reviews.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

reviews for gta5 are mixed too. it doesn’t stop it from not only being a regular best seller on every platform aside from switch but one of the best selling games of all time and hitting it’s highest peak concurrency last month.

i’m not sure what you think “mixed review” in the age of review bombing proves exactly XD

and if fortnite was putting out comparable numbers on concurency and retention to pubg epic would be posting those numbers. instead they are posting semi worthless for anything but f2p games “downloads” numbers.

Reader
Michael

They say ALOT. Fortnite Battle Royale has not been out even close to as long as PUBG. Fortnite racked up 40 million in 3 months. PUBG is at 28-29mil since March. At the current rate, Fortnite will be sitting at over 150million and PUBG would be sitting at less then 60 million in September.

This also does not factor in all the sales PUBG has had since it’s original release as well. Fortnite is also a game that works properly and is not mostly broken like PUBG. Bluehole is also taking a chunk of change from PUBG as they are a publisher, Steam takes 30%, and Microsoft takes a percentage (not sure on amount) on Xbox. Meanwhile, Fortnite is on the same platform the developers of it own and only has to worry about publishing on Xbox.

So by the current rate, if even 5% of the 150 million spend 20$ on MTX that Fortnite could eventually sit at and at the 90 million 24$ a pop of PUBG (-Steam cost) at the same rate…that would be 3 billion for Fortnite (Which also does not factor in the SP box cost) and 2.2billion roughly for PUBG.

Yes I know that is months from now, but chances are that realistically Fortnite will grow exponentially compared to PUBG in that time frame especially considering how much more content is being produced for it.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

i’m sure that’s not only how it went but that’s how it will work out in general!

also mfw calling fortnite a game that works properly. ok. it’s gunplay is trash and the devs admit it and are working hard to make it better.

Reader
Michael

So where is the source of a dev saying “Our gunplay is trash”? And yes, it works fine especially compared to PUBG.

deekay_plus
Reader
Patreon Donor
deekay_plus

do you think a dev said their gun play “is trash”? is that what i even said? did i put quotes on it?

and pubg emulates arm3’s gunplay sound giving it one of the best in the shooter ubergenre.

Reader
Michael

You said the devs admit their gunplay is trash… :)

Sure, you are entitled to your opinion.

Reader
Michael

To be fair, it is not Bluehole’s CEO. It is Player Unknown. He is not the CEO of Bluehole. Bluehole has their hands in a lot of other pots.

Reader
Zora

Fortnite, I am glad for you but… in all honesty, you’re not the game I fell in love with when we first met anymore.

No, it’s not me… it’s you. Very much you.