Let's not jump the gun here - saying that battle royale is dying would be like saying nobody wants singleplayer RPGs anymore. Yeah, pun intended. But anyway, Fortnite and Apex Legends had a mixed January, while PUBG and DBZ Kakarot killed it.
Let's start with the brightest highlight of the bunch - Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. According to the latest report from SuperData, CyberConnect2 and Bandai Namco's take on the famous manga has been received great, flogging 1.6 million units - which is a new franchise record.
In a recent conference call, Bandai Namco revealed that 1.5 million of these came in the opening week alone. That was 10 days ago, so while the initial burst of sales is done, they sure seem to be progressing at a respectable pace.
Considering our introductory pun, this SuperData takeaway deserves to be quoted in full, "In contrast to recent Dragon Ball titles, which were multiplayer fighting games, the new game is a single-player action role-playing game. The genre pivot helped the franchise attract a wider audience, leading to first-month digital sales that were more than double those of any previous Dragon Ball title."
As for Fortnite, it seems January 2020 wasn't that great, with the game's continuing earnings decline leading to the lowest level since November 2017. While we're certain that's still a lot, we're sure Epic will be looking to bounce back with the recently-launched Fortnite Chapter 2: Season 2 launch.
Apex Legends had a true mixed-bag result, however, as their console playerbase grew by12 per cent month-on-month, but the game generated less revenue than in December 2019. Naturally, Respawn launched Season 4 , so it's to be expected that the results will improve in February 2020.
PUBG seems to be having somewhat of a resurgence thanks to the Season 6 update, with SuperData's report highlighting PC players' spending. In fact, compared to the earlier month on the platform, its in-game spending soared by 512 per cent. They too have a cross-play adding console update on the way , so happy days we guess.
You can find SuperData's report here .