Treyarch directors Dan Bunting and David Vonderhaar discussed how the new Black Ops 4 mode Blackout can compete with other Battle Royale games.
Blackout will inevitably be compared to the biggest game in the world currently, the free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale.
Speaking with Game Informer, Bunting and Vonderhaar were asked if they were feeling confident about competing with Fortnite.
“Yeah. [Fortnite] is a really great game, but there’s Call of Duty fans and there’s lots of them too,” said Vonderhaar.
Bunting was more diplomatic in his response, choosing to focus on their own game instead of comparing it to others. “We feel confident with the game experience that we are building and delivering for our fans,” he explained. “We try not to get hung up on what other people are doing.”
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According to Bunting, the competition at Treyarch is all internal.
We are not competing with other games because the gaming world is massive. We are competing with ourselves to be the best we can be and deliver the best experience that we can for our fans. That’s where the competition comes from; that’s the motivation that [Treyarch] has internally.
Treyarch’s previous game, Black Ops 3, was a massive success and sold an estimated 25 million physical copies at retail.
Fortnite’s numbers are even higher, though it is a free download. Epic Games claims 125 million players have a Fortnite account, with an estimated 40 million playing at least once per month.
The Blackout beta begins on September 10 for PS4 players and will be available on September 14 for all platforms.
Black Ops 4 will launch on October 12 with Blackout as one of the available game modes.
The complete interview is available below and the Blackout comparison to Fortnite starts at 26:00.