When it comes to current gaming trends, it's hard to look past the Battle Royale subgenre of multiplayer shooters. Both Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds have been making serious waves because of their addictive and competitive gameplay. All the while, these big players have been taking in some serious financial returns in the process, and as such it's no surprise to see that some other games have tried to emulate this success.
Although some games have not made quite as big a bang, such as the early access Radical Heights, there's still a desire from some developers to crack the mystery of the Battle Royale mode's success. The key to muscling in on this popularity, though, is not just rehashing the game modes of others but instead bringing something entirely new to the party.
Thankfully, there are a number of video game series out there with the potential to do more. With that in mind, here are some of the game franchises that could do something special with the Fortnite formula.
12. Dark Souls
Already, the Dark Souls games offer up quite an interesting take on multiplayer, whereby the solo campaign can be interrupted - positively or negatively - by an invading player. Player-on-player battles are some of the most tense moments to be found in Dark Souls 3 in particular, which is truly saying something given the engaging combat and thrilling boss fights that the series is renowned for.
Because of this, adding in an extra multiplayer mode into the Dark Souls formula could be the kind of gameplay that truly changes the multiplayer landscape for the better. One hundred players in a map full of twists and turns, with one combatant coming out at the end after partaking in vicious PvP combat based purely on skill - what's not to love?
11. Assassin’s Creed
Assassin's Creed has seen a variety of different game modes over the years, from the core single player gameplay through to multiplayer modes and the co-operative focus of the much-maligned Assassin's Creed Unity. The most recent release, Assassin's Creed Origins, even included an educational mode to teach users about ancient Egypt.
In future releases, however, a Battle Royale game mode a la Fortnite could work incredibly well. Players could be given free reign over the map, and be tasked with taking down fellow assassins by means of stealth or all-out combat. Adding in a steadily-shrinking map would keep the tension nice and high, until one remaining assassin could be crowned champion.
10. The Division
In the end, The Division turned out to be something of a mixed bag, with the game not quite living up to the high standards expected of it while still delivering on some very compelling multiplayer action. As such, it's no surprise to see a fair amount of intrigue in The Division 2, and some have suggested that the game could include a Fortnite-esque Battle Royale mode within its modes. After all, city streets would make a good change of pace, particularly with a greater tactical element to the combat.
As it turns out, The Division developer Massive Entertainment has reportedly been involved in a standalone Battle Royale game. Whether or not this game turns out to be related to The Division remains to be seen, but at the very least it means that there could be some kind of Fortnite-style game with similarities to the shooter.
As one of the most impressive multiplayer franchises going, Battlefield has more than earned its place at the top table. The series has always tried to offer up something new to users, whether down to the massive maps of the original games or the more recent additions to gameplay such as the behemoths of Battlefield 1. As such, DICE is one of the developers that could truly take the Fortnite formula and make it into something unique and entertaining.
The wait for this game mode might not be long, either. Already rumors are beginning to spread that this year's Battlefield game will include a Battle Royale mode. While the rumors weren't confirmed nor denied during Battlefield V's official reveal, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if it was introduced down the line. After all, a focus on an all-against all (or, indeed, a team battle mode) within Battlefield's already stunning gameplay could be the kind of mode that leaves a serious impression on those that try it out.
8. Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming this October, but so far the developer has been conservative with gameplay details of the cowboy epic. That doesn't only include the game's core single player mode, either, with Rockstar also keeping quiet about exactly how the title's multiplayer is going to operate. As such, it's no surprise to see rumors circulating that point towards at least one of the gameplay types coming in the form of a Fortnite-style Battle Royale.
In Rockstar's hands, however, this kind of gameplay could operate in a genuinely impressive way. Rather than just a clone of a well-run mode, instead Rockstar's open world would offer up something very different, with the same core aim to be the last player standing matched up to Rockstar's trademark chaotic gameplay. Plus, the Wild West setting would really help make this mode feel like something new.
7. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ghost Recon: Wildlands may have had something of a bumpy start at launch, but the game has delivered a strong stream of content to players since its release in 2017. Recently, the game's Splinter Cell-themed mission managed to combine two of the most memorable Tom Clancy games together in one, and even managed to sneak in a Solid Snake Easter egg. As such, some have wondered whether the game could be the perfect place to add a Battle Royale mode.
Unfortunately, it's not looking like that this is coming any time soon. Ubisoft has suggested that it is not thinking about a Ghost Recon: Wildlands Battle Royale mode, which is a shame as it would be a very good fit in comparison to some of the other games that have mooted a Fortnite model. Then again, who knows where the game could go in the future?