Throughout its history, the video game industry has seen fashions come and go that at the time of greatest popularity are considered as the definitive style or genre. Currently, the Battle Royale is the trend with the greatest strength in the world and in addition to its popularity, it represents an interesting business option that could be used by companies, according to Michael Olson, a Wall Street analyst.
Recently Michael Olson, analyst at the Wall Street firm, Piper Jaffray, spoke about the success of the Battle Royale, which is currently led by Fortnite and PUBG, and the business opportunity that this represents for large companies, which would result in the integration of pitched modes in some of the most iconic games of today.
In that sense, Olson predicted that in the middle of this year and early 2019 we will see Battle Royale modes in AAA games trying to take advantage of the trend and achieve the success that these game modes have had today. Specifically, Olson ventured to say that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, Overwatch, Battlefield, and Anthem will be some of the titles and franchises that we will see with a Battle Royale mode this and next year.
According to the analyst, the integration of Battle Royale modes in major games will obey the need to increase the number of concurrent users in recognized franchise games. In addition, he stressed that it is an opportunity that companies will hardly let go because players seek the game mode and not the game itself; hence it does not matter much if it is called Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption.
It is important to mention that some rumors indicated that Red Dead Redemption 2 could debut with a Battle Royale mode and there are analysts who are suggesting Activision to enter this trend as soon as possible. However, there is also another side of the coin, as there are also analysts who believe that the integration of Battle Royale modes could lead to market cannibalism, which would imply that the story and main modes of a game would be displaced by a pitched mode.
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