Epic Games has announced that the new Fortnite Chapter 4 Season OG was the battle royale’s biggest day ever, with over 44.7 million players jumping into the game.
In a tweet, Fortnite said, “Way to start things off with a big bang. We’re blown away by the response to #FortniteOG. Yesterday was the biggest day in Fortnite’s history with over 44.7 million players jumping in and 102 million hours of play. To all Fortnite players, OG and new, thank you!”
Season OG sends players back to Fortnite’s original Island and will offer players a “different phase of Battle Royale’s past, starting with Chapter 1 Season 5”. While the new season still retains some of the modern gameplay mechanics like sprinting and vaulting, it has indeed removed regular amenities that truly bring back the “OG” feel, including adding shopping carts, ATKs, Assault Rifle, Pump Shotgun, and more.
Nostalgia is a hell of a drug, as they say, and for Fortnite, it has certainly worked. According to the stat website Fortnite.GG, the game registered its highest concurrent player count ever on November 4, with 6,172,463 players jumping off the battle bus.
While players are certainly enjoying the new season, it’s also relatively good news for Epic Games, who have been struggling to turn enough profits from the popular Battle Royale game. A few weeks back, the publisher laid off 830 employees and admitted that the company had become too reliant on Fortnite’s revenue to conduct its business – the same income which has seen a significant reduction over the years.
“While Fortnite is starting to grow again, the growth is driven primarily by creator content with significant revenue sharing, and this is a lower margin business than we had when Fortnite Battle Royale took off and began funding our expansion. Success with creator ecosystem is a great achievement, but it means a major structural change to our economics,” the company had said.
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Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.