Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode seems to be either loved or hated by the masses, each having their own unique cult following. Either way, Epic Games is doing something right, the publisher and developer have now revealed that the game has surpassed a previous (highly impressive) concurrent player record set by its competitor, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
PUBG has faced its fair share of scrutiny since its release into Steam’s Early Access program, and even more so since its official 1.0 release with it still being rather buggy. Fortnite hasn’t seen quite the community backlash that PUBG has, besides it being called a copycat. However, most loyal players will tell you that they are nothing alike besides the battle royale, or “last man standing” aspect of the game, as Fortnite features more of an RPG feel and allows you to build and destroy your surroundings.
According to a recent blog post from Epic Games, Fortnite hit a new peak of 3.4 million concurrent players this last Sunday, surpassing the previous benchmark set by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with 3.2 million concurrent players, which was huge news. However, this success for the sandbox building and survival title is not without some consequences, as the massive amount of players flocking to the game last Sunday caused the servers to shut down entirely.
Server issues have been the most common issue when it comes to Fortnite, and luckily players have been mostly understanding. PUBG and Fortnite both certainly have their individual quirks, and it’s important to note that Fortnite is also free-to-play while PUBG is not. This isn’t to say that Fortnite doesn’t deserve its claim to such success, but it does help to keep it in perspective. Nonetheless, it is a great victory for Epic Games and we are sure to see more record-breaking numbers coming from the title this year.