Lego Fortnite, the gaming sensation developed by Epic Games has taken the world by storm since its release, on December 7th. This exciting spinoff of the Fortnite franchise has not captivated gamers imaginations but has also set impressive new records. On its Saturday Lego Fortnite achieved a peak of 2.45 million players simultaneously surpassing the peak numbers of nearly all games, on Steam with the exception of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds.
This remarkable accomplishment puts Lego Fortnite in a league of its own especially when compared to Steams leading game, Counter Strike 2 which had half the number of players at that time. Whats more impressive is that within Fortnite itself this new mode has become a star attraction attracting double the number of players compared to the Battle Royale mode and matching the combined player count of Battle Royale, Zero Build and Ranked modes.
A New Era for Fortnite
Epic Games didn’t just stop with Lego Fortnite; they also introduced two games week. Rocket Racing and Fortnite Festival. Although not as popular, as Lego Fortnite these games still have a number of players reaching six figures, which’s a dream for most games on platforms like Steam. These new additions, combined with the launch of Fortnite Chapter 5 and the Big Bang event represent a transformation for Fortnite. It has evolved from being a battle royale shooter to becoming a gaming platform in the style of a metaverse.
The transition to this era was skillfully planned by Epic. It all started with the Fortnite OG retro event, where players were able to revisit the game map. This event along with the Big Bang event and the release of Lego Fortnite attracted record numbers of players. On Saturday there was a peak of 7.6 million concurrent players across all Fortnite modes – surpassing even the 6.2 million from the OG period and significantly higher than the earlier player counts ranging from 1 3 million throughout this year.
Donald Mustard, creative officer at Epic Games shared his vision back in 2017 for Fortnite as an inclusive hub that encompasses various aspects like PvP (player, versus player) cart racing, music experiences and survival challenges. This ambitious and expansive vision is now becoming a reality with Lego Fortnite playing a role, in this transformation. As Epic Games continues to innovate and push boundaries it remains to be seen how long Lego Fortnite will maintain its popularity. Nonetheless the current success of the game is proof of Epics talent, for reinvention. Staying ahead in the changing landscape of online gaming.