Regardless of how you feel about the ubiquity of the battle royale genre, Fortnite seems to be the battle royale shooter, as it pulled in $296 million digitally worldwide in the month of April, according to SuperData, a research firm that tracks the digital sales of games across console, mobile, and PC. That’s a 33 percent increase from the $223 million Epic’s shooter reportedly made in March.
This makes Fortnite the first and fifth highest grossing digital game on console and PC worldwide, respectively. The other big battle royale shooter, PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, claimed the ninth spot on PC but didn’t rank anywhere in the top 10 on console. Though both games have mobile ports, neither placed in the top 10 in that market either.
Fortnite even managed to eclipse the digital performance of Sony Santa Monica’s God of War, which we awarded a 9/10 in our review, calling it, “A spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress.” As reported by SuperData, God of War became the fastest selling PS4 console-exclusive to date, moving a total of 2.1 million digital units worldwide.
In our Fortnite review, which we awarded the game an 8/10, we said, “It seamlessly merges a number of simple mechanics to create a distinguishable battle royale game.”
Fortnite: Battle Royale is available for Android, iOS, macOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and it’s completely free.