Battle Royales have been dominating the gaming scene for the past four years. Millions of gamers have spent millions of hours pouring their heart and soul into games like Fortnite, Warzone, and Apex legends just to get an in-game clip or brag to their friends about how good they are. Some gamers just enjoy the adrenaline rush you get from getting into a gunfight and coming out victorious. And nothing is sweeter than that Battle Royale victory. So why am I sitting here asking myself, are Battle Royales becoming a thing of the past?

Obviously, Battle Royales won’t be going anywhere for a long time, mainly because its fan base is too big to fail, but if you look at future games being developed, none of the big developers seem to be focusing on a Battle Royale. Sure, you got some small-time studios dipping their toes into the water of Battle Royales, but no significant announcements about the next best thing when it comes to this powerhouse genre.

Maybe it’s just the fact that major publishers like EA, Epic, Activision, and Xbox Studios already seem to have their Battle Royales locked in, but when does a Battle Royale begin to lose its lust. I mean, you cant just play Fortnite for the rest of your life, can you? Even if they do come out with a Fortnite 2, it’s not going to be much different. To keep a genre alive, you need to come up with something new or produce a whole new game to keep the attention of players. I don’t see Battle Royales doing that unless you think coming out with a new map every six months is enough to keep players engaged.

All I’m saying is that Battle Royales have to fizzle out at some point, and based on all the upcoming game announcements, it looks like the fizzle will be starting sooner than later. Games like Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite are two examples of games that could create a unique Battle Royale but are staying away just to show the world there are other ways to enjoy multiplayer.

Multiplayer games aren’t the only games pushing battle royales out the door. Single-player/ Story focused games are on a major comeback, PlayStation exclusives have mainly been story-driven games, and other companies are starting to notice their success. Companies like Xbox who is acquiring studios like Obsidian and Bethesda, will be publishing plenty of new single-player games like Starfield and Outer Worlds 2, plus a bunch of others. With so many different genres emerging, it’s only a matter of time that battle royale starts to slip.

That brings me to Squad based games like Redfall and Rainbow Six Extraction. These will probably be the biggest competitor going up against battle royales. One of the most appealing aspects of a battle royale is getting to squad up with friends and interact with others. With so many new games like Redfall, Back 4 Blood, and Battlefield 2042 coming out, You will still get to get your friends together. It just won’t be in a battle royale. These games might just swing the tide to slowly chip away at the battle royale conquest that has been going on for the last four years. It might even bring new games at the top of the Twitch list when looking for streams to watch.

So I’m going to ask everyone the question again. Are Battle Royales on the brink of extinction? Or are they going to be the most dominant genre for decades? I want to hear what you have to say, so make sure to comment below if you have an opinion.

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