Though Subway Surfers was named the most downloaded mobile game of the decade, it is the battle royale games that are the most talked about and the most-played. Needless to say, this lockdown has turned everyone into a hardcore gamer and this trend is not going to fade away soon.
Let us see the top 5 battle royale games for 2020-
Though PUBG Mobile made news thanks to its ban in India, it still remains a hugely popular Battle Royale game. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) developed by PUBG Corporation was given a full release on Dec 2017. By 2020, it had sold over 70 million copies and has been downloaded over 600 million times. The players have to parachute to the ground onto one of the four maps and collect weapons to fight against the enemies. The playable area of the map keeps shrinking and the players have to relocate to safety within a given time. The person who remains alive until the last wins the match. The PUBG Lite was introduced as the lighter version for the slow mobile networks. This version had a smaller map and only 60 players compared to 100 in the full version with a fast-paced 10-minute game.
PUBG was the top-selling game of 2017 and 2018. Its position was toppled by Free Fire in 2019.
2. Free Fire Battlegrounds
Also known as Garena Free Fire or simply Free Fire, this game was developed by 111 Dots Studio. It received the “Best Popular Vote Game” by Google Play Store for 2019. Launched in Dec 2017, Free Fire is offered by Garena International Pvt Ltd. This game consists of up to 50 players and each player enters the war zone by jumping down from a plane. The players go looking for weapons and have to survive on the island to win the game. The last surviving player wins the game. Almost similar to PUBG, Free Fire has a smaller map and faster combat.
3. Call Of Duty Mobile
One of the largest mobile game launches in history on 1st October 2019, Call Of Duty generated over $330 million from above 250 million downloads. Similar in concept to PUBG and Free Fire, the battle royale mode consists of 100 players who play against each while collecting weapons. A Zombies mode was added in Nov 2019 and subsequently removed in Season 4 when it didn’t reach the desired level of quality. The COD keeps adding new features and updates every season (mobile anniversary) to retain viewer attention. The COD Mobile has integrated all features and modes from the main Call of Duty series.
4. Fortnite Battle Royale
Initially released in Sept 2017, Fortnite Battle Royale, developed and published by Epic Games, later released the versions for mobile gaming in the next year. In this game, 100 players skydive to an island and search for ammunition and gear to defend themselves from other players. Similar to PUBG and other battle royale games, the playable area keeps shrinking. But the distinguishing factor is that the players are able to collect resources and build walls and obstacles to safeguard themselves from other players or for strategic viewing. By May 2020, it had 350 million players and had generated over 2 billion dollars worldwide.
5. Among Us
Among Us was released in 2018 and received little attention then. It was in 2020 that this space-themed game developed and published by InnerSloth, an American game studio, became more popular and widely appreciated. This multiplayer game needs 4-10 players. Any of these players are randomly selected to be impostors. The play is in any one of the 3 maps- a spaceship (The Skeld), a headquarters building (Mira HQ) and a planet base (Polus). The crewmates have to complete tasks while the goal of the impostors is to blend with the crewmates and sabotage the tasks.
Among Us was inspired by Mafia and released with a single map. The other two maps were added later in 2019. Even though the initial response was lukewarm, it became popular in the early 2020 thanks to some famous Twitch streamers and YouTubers. By Sept 2020, it had 100 million downloads and 3.8 million players. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a game that needs 60 players to compete in mini-matches is also another battle royale game like Among Us that is popular and different from the other battle royale games that mostly focus on violent battles.
Lockdown aside, the battle royale games remain hugely popular with today’s generation. 2020 and the next year are all about technological advancements in the gaming industry. From AR to VR, expect drastic changes in the way the mobile game is perceived and played.
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