The massive popularity of 'Fortnite' is inspiring copycat modes from major games — here's the latest example

  • The massive success of “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” is making major waves in the video game industry.
  • Earlier this year, Activision announced that this year’s “Call of Duty” would have a Battle Royale mode. Then, in June, EA announced that this year’s “Battlefield V” also will.
  • The announcement is indicative of how impactful the success of “Fortnite” and “PUBG” has been on the world of video games.
  • On Thursday, EA offered the first look at the new “Royale” mode in “Battlefield V.”

The next major entry in the “Battlefield” series is getting a huge new addition: A version of the massively popular Battle Royale mode that made “Fortnite” such a huge success.

In the case of “Fortnite” and “PUBG,” Battle Royale means a 1-vs-100 fight to the death on an island that gets smaller by the minute. In the case of “Battlefield V,” it’s not clear how large the mode is or how it will work. But we did learn a few new things about the mode from a new trailer:

  1. The mode has tanks, and potentially other vehicles.
  2. The map – at least one of them – appears to be in a snowy environment.
  3. The equivalent of a “storm” in “Battlefield V” is a wall of firey explosions that leave a scorched, burning earth in their wake.

Here’s a look at it from afar:

Battlefield 5 (Battle Royale mode)EA DICE

“Battlefield V” is the latest major blockbuster to add a Battle Royale mode.

Its competitor, “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” arrives this October with its own spin on the Battle Royale concept. “Battlefield V’s” new “Royale” mode won’t arrive alongside the game on October 19. Instead, it’s said to arrive some time after launch as part of EA’s plans for ongoing support of the game via downloadable updates.

It’s unclear how long-time fans of the “Battlefield” franchise will react to the new mode. The series is celebrated for its focus on tactical, team-based multiplayer.

“It’s royale re-imagined for Battlefield,” senior producer Lars Gustavsson said of the mode in June. “So we bring those pillars of ‘Battlefield’ – destruction, team play, vehicles – into this new experience. We’ll bring you an experience that you haven’t played before – in ‘Battlefield,’ or anywhere else.”

Take a look at the new mode in action right here:

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