Activision Blizzard’s next few games might be influenced by the battle royale phenomenon.
In the most recent earnings report Activision published for Q1 2018, CFO Spencer Adam Neumann revealed that the popularity of games like Fortnite have “impacted” the development of future Activision Blizzard games.
CEO Bobby Kotick added that the company is “very good at being inspired” by other games in the industry, and during an investor call, stated that he admired Fortnite for “attracting new gamers of all ages and genders.”
“When we see people innovate in an interesting and impactful way, we are very quick to figure out how to capture inspiration from innovation,” Kotick said. “When we see things that appeal to our audiences, we are very good at being inspired by those.”
Kotick didn’t say anything about how Activision Blizzard’s sales have been impacted by the rise of the battle royale trend, but did note that the emergence of the mode is “contributing to innovation within the industry” and praised it for bringing more newer, younger players to video games. In particular, he pointed to the success of battle royale games on mobile.
While nothing was confirmed in the call or earnings report, it seems like Activision Blizzard definitely has its eye on the battle royale genre. Earlier reports hinted that a battle royale mode may appear in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, perhaps even replacing the single-player campaign. Kotick also spoke about free-to-play and mobile games coexisting in the same space as big $60 retail titles, which could imply that Activision Blizzard may investigate the mobile or free-to-play markets.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled to launch on October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A gameplay reveal is scheduled for May 17th, which might confirm or deny rumors of a battle royale mode.