Fortnite Battle Royale could one day see games with more than 100 players. In an interview in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine, Epic’s design lead Eric Williamson suggested that the game’s current player cap could rise.
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Williamson says that “one of the things we’ve been talking about is ‘does it make sense to ever consider more than a hundred players?’ I think there’s a lot of technological considerations for something like that.” Williamson does say that it’s not something he sees coming to the game in the near future, but it could happen at some point in the future.
The 100-player count would seem to be a fairly arbitrary figure, little more than a nice round number that sits healthily within what the servers can cope with. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds lead the way with that many players, of course, but some of the most famous Battle Royales - films like The Hunger Games and 2000’s Battle Royale itself - opt for far fewer players. On the other hand, Mavericks: Proving Grounds, due out later this year, promises battle royale with 400 players. I’d imagine that Epic won’t increase the player count in normal games, but it’s possible that they’ll introduce a 150 or 200 player game as a limited time mode.
Williamson also talked about better integrating the PvP Battle Royale game mode with Fortnite’s PvE foundation, Save the World. Issues stem from the fact that Save the World’s different character classes mean that different silhouettes would offer advantages or disadvantages in Battle Royale, and Williamson says he would expect to see ‘smaller’ classes dominate if they were introduced to the newer game mode.