The Battle Royale craze has been so insane that many gaming companies decided they wanted a piece of the action, while I am not a major fan of Battle Royales I can understand why developers have jumped on the bandwagon in the hopes of achieving the same heights of success that Epic Games found with Fortnite and PUBG Corporation (the child company of Bluehole) found with PUBG respectively. So when the highly established Hi-Rez studio who are behind Smite an Paladins decided to throw their hat into the mix I thought they might pose some competition for the dominant Fortnite, oh how wrong was I? While Realm Royale started off with a massive high, it has come crashing down in the worst possible way
2 months ago when Realm Royale first entered into early access the game managed to hit an impressive 105,000 concurrent players however since then there has been a change in numbers, a dramatic drop to be exact, a staggering 94-97% drop in the concurrent player base, meaning the current concurrent player numbers are in the 3000-5000 range, a poor number and a major blow to Hi-Rez. At least Paladins is still a dominating force in the gaming world, not to mention Smite is a much loved game that players seem to enjoy going back to.
So where did Realm Royale go wrong? It certainly had the make up of a strong Battle Royale game, the problem appears to lay in that it is lacking replayability, many high profile streamers gave the game some hype upon initial release, this has of course changed since they don’t consider it to have the replay value of its already established competitor Fortnite. I do think Hi-Rez could turn this around, should it not already be too late with the major drop in their player base.
Perhaps Hi-Rez should look at implementing some tournaments, competitive gamers are always looking for a new tournament to demonstrate their dominance in, an upcoming tournament would also encourage people to pick the game up and jump in for practice. What hope do you have of winning a tournament without experience of the game after all? While I am not a main stream Battle Royale player with people who have been following me for a while knowing that I have had quite enough of this craze, I do think if Hi-Rez step up their game, implement some updates, make the game more replayable, create a rewarding experience that keeps the players coming back then maybe they will be okay.
Looking at the staggering drop in concurrent players it is clear Hi-Rez have their work cut out for them, is it a sign that we don’t need all these Battle Royale games, that the ones we have are enough? Is Realm Royale about to fall into the realm of extinction? Let me know what you think in the comments.