Is Fortnite Dying?
You’ve heard it – Fortnite is dead! It had a nice little run, but now, playtime’s over and reality has kicked in, and it’s going down the drain. It’s a dead game. It’s a thing of the past. Nobody plays it anymore. If you haven’t heard it yet, I guarantee you that it’s on the way, begging the question… Is Fortnite Dying? Here, in this article, I’ll give you the answer! (Spoiler—no, it isn’t… but it is at the same time). Read on and I’ll explain!
Does anyone actually play Fortnite anymore?
This is the first and most important question because the whole basis of whether a game is still big or if it’s dying is due directly to the player base. Here’s the short answer: many people play Fortnite. It’s still an enormous part of the gaming world and there isn’t any serious evidence of it vanishing anytime soon.
New, big games like Apex Legends have drawn off a lot of streamers, which is a big gauge for popularity, but that’s large because the fresh games are compelling, and streamers like to be at the forefront to stay current. You may see people playing new games, but that’s just human nature. Until people just stop playing, the game won’t be dying.
No, this isn’t the part of the article where I get all metaphysical on you and we start talking about the meaning of life. This is, however, the part of the article where we clarify the term “dying” in terms of video games because there’s a couple ways that people sometimes mean it. It can mean that a game has reached max popularity, that a game is just utterly dead, and it takes 45 minutes to find a match, or that it’s fallen out of fashion, but it still has a lot of life left in its veins. For the purposes of this article, we’re talking about a mixture of one and three. Nobody realistically says that literally, nobody plays Fortnite anymore.
Why does Fortnite seem like it’s dying?
I like playing Fortnite, but even I have to admit that it looks bad for Fortnite recently. My friends haven’t been on it as much, I don’t play it as much as I used to, you don’t hear as much chatter about it… it appears dead, but why?
Fortnite looks dead for several reasons.
Unlike most games, which have a slow rise to popularity, this one had a meteoric one that broke lots of records. It hit a huge burst of popularity where it seemed like it was the only thing people ever played, and now things are going slowly back to more realistic proportions as the newness wears off. Also, a lot of the very casual players who tried it for a few days switched off, so that’s why you don’t see all the people on all the time.
- The momentum is slowing. It’s garnered an enormous fan base and it seems to be slowing down in terms of bringing in new players, which doesn’t mean that it’s dying; it just means that it isn’t receiving the explosive growth anymore. Fewer people are jumping on, if only for the fact that there’s a limited player base and many of them have already given it the ole’ college try.
- People are talking about it less. Even the die-hard players aren’t saying as much about it, simply because it’s been around for a while and there just isn’t as much to talk about. A similar example is Overwatch, a community that suffered similar rumors. I love to talk Overwatch or Fortnite, but there’s only so much conversation you can have about Hanzo or Build Battling before the novelty wears off.
- People are talking about and playing other games more. I remember some of my friends that are hardcore Fortnite fans, but when Apex Legends came out, they instantly switched over. They played for a while and I almost never saw them play Fortnite for weeks, but now that the craze of a new game has landed, they’re back to ole’ reliable. But, if you talked to them when the whole “Fortnite is dying” rumors came out, you’d think that Fortnite was a dead fish in the water and they’d never play it again. Now, if I checked, I bet they’d be playing.
Why will Fortnite stick around?
Fortnite isn’t going away anytime soon. I know, I know. Some people hate the game, but tragically for them, the game will be making headlines for quite some time. Give it ten years, and they probably will have their way. But for right now, Fortnite excels at catching the attention of the gaming community and staying current. They pump out updates endlessly, put out new limited time modes, and produce new gear practically every day. They’re doing their dang best to keep updated, and until they fall out of touch, they’ll be running strong.
In conclusion, Is Fortnite Dying? No, it’s not. It’s important to note, however, that although it isn’t dying, it isn’t gaining as much popularity as quickly as it was there for a while. It may still grow, but not at the same speed unless some other huge boost of fame comes its way again. There’s still lots of enjoyment to get from it, so don’t let the haters keep you from having a good time with it.
Until next time, get out there and have some fun!