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Sony has revealed the most downloaded games on the PlayStation Store for the entirety of 2019. It’s filled with all the usual suspects but what we’re really interested in is the bestselling DLC of the year.
I know you’ve all been itching for DirectX 12 support in Fortnite and now your wish has been granted. Seriously, someone was looking forward to this, right? It’s the headline feature of AMD’s new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.11.3 graphics card driver and it also happens to be one of the biggest games in the world right now.
And Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, only this time you had half a million people on Twitch at all times, staring at a black hole and trying to decipher some sort of meaning.
Big changes are afoot for the world’s most popular battle royale shooter. Fortnite’s next season could see a total rebrand if a new leak is to be believed.
Much like EA, Epic Games used its meeting with the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture Media and Sport Committee (DMSC) to display a complete disregard for their own responsibilities as a business. The bulk of Epic’s presence revolved around Fortnite, one of the most popular games in the world right now. It’s free-to-play of course, but it’s also stacked with a bucketload of cosmetic purchases alongside the regular Fortnite Battle Passes.
Epic’s Tim Sweeney has spoken up about plans to usurp Steam as the dominant PC gaming storefront, as well as how the wealth of Fortnite cash has allowed it to accelerate its plans for the Epic Games Store.
The previously untouchable dominance of Fortnite looks as if it’s under threat. New figures published for the highest grossing titles worldwide in January 2019 has revealed Fortnite’s earnings dropped a massive 48% month on month compared to December.
It was announced over the weekend that Counter Strike Global Offensive has been updated to CSGO Danger Zone, which has made it free-to-play over on the Steam store. This update by Valve also includes a Battle Royale mode, presumably positioning it to better compete with the powerhouse known as Fortnite, and probably an attempt to counter Epic's aggressive charge forward into the Games As A Service space. Which followed Valve's slightly lacklustre announcement to improve developer sales margin on Steam platform, but seemingly only for hugely successful titles, rather than the indie devs who really need that kind of support.
To the casual observer, it can feel as if the Fortnite phenomenon has already picked. Well, think again. Epic Games Korea CEO Sung Chul Park has just confirmed Fortnite is peaking with 8.3 million concurrent players. That’s 8.3m people playing Fortnite around the world at the exact same time.
Hot on the heels of Nvidia’s RTX 20 Series driver release, AMD has pushed out the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.9.2 GPU drivers with improved performance across a range of new AAA titles.
It’s that time of the month where we saw who and what is rolling in piles of filthy lucre, and it’s a familiar tale for some of the biggest games in existence. Fortnite: Battle Royale continues to rake in cash at an obscene rate, leading to Epic swelling in value to $8 billion, around 10x as much as the Unreal Engine creator was worth in 2012.