Having begun its career under the name Paladins: Battlegrounds, Realm Royale has had quite the start to its career when it launched in Steam's Early Access. However, it seems that things are not as rosy in Hi-Rez as they were at launch.
Well, not really Hi-Rez Studios, because the studio has recently decided to compartmentalise their efforts by splitting into three sub-studios under Hi-Rez's umbrella. With the company currently juggling Smite, Paladins and Realm Royale, it has been decided that the team in charge of Realm Royale will be called Heroic Leap Games.
Ironically enough, Realm Royale's heroic leap seems to not have worked, because the game's population has been on a downward path ever since it launched. Even though this is perfectly normal, since no game retains the population it has at launch, Realm Royale's decline seems a bit steeper than that.
Having peaked at 105,440 players on Steam in June, the signs were great because apparently, no recently launched battle royale games have managed to break the 100K mark. Unfortunately, Realm Royale's population now stands at slightly upwards of 5,000, which makes for a 100K loss in two months.
That's not to say that the situation is alarming or anything, since Realm Royale is currently in closed beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which is bound to boost numbers significantly. There's also a small matter of Keemstar Thursday Realm Royale, which is a weekly tournament worth $100,000. I'd go as far as to say that this alone won't let the pop drop below 5,000.
Even though comparing player complaints to population may not always correlate to actual reasons of them leaving, it at least provides insight into potential game-breakers. Apparently, most of the players' grievances are related to weapon imbalances and hitscan issues, the latter of which has plagued Paladins as well, and arguably still does.
While it would seem like there's only room for two battle royale aces on the market, i.e. Fortnite: Battle Royale and PUBG, Bluehole's insistence on not fixing their game is likely to retain that extra seat for any newcomers. Whether Realm Royale can bounce back and sit in though is yet to be seen.