When Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was announced, I was angry. How could there be a Call of Duty game without a single player campaign? For months, Activision’s decision troubled me. Simply put, I didn’t plan on buying Black Ops 4 at all. My mind changed after watching the brilliant reveal trailer. It featured hectic combat, four zombies campaigns, and the introduction of the Battle Royale mode, Blackout. To say I was intrigued is an understatement. As soon as the game was available to pre-order digitally, I secured my copy. Last weekend, I played Call of Duty: Blackout, and after playing for hours, I can say, that PUBG is in grave danger.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was essential to the unexpected and incredible rise of the Battle Royale genre. Without the tactical shooter, Fortnite would not be as mainstream as it is. We also wouldn’t have Blackout, which I think can even dethrone Fortnite as the most popular game in the genre. Everything changed when I finally played Blackout. I was skeptical at first, but after one match, I knew it would be my newest addiction. The graphics are crisp, the map is massive, but most importantly, the gameplay is fantastic.
The gunplay is typical Call of Duty fare, and the inventory management is reminiscent of other games in the genre. Within minutes, I felt right at home. As a fan of the Black Ops franchise, and as someone who has put over 80+ combined hours in PUBG and Fortnite, Blackout felt like second nature to me. I didn’t win a match during the beta but got plenty of second place finishes. I had an absolute blast and found myself thinking about the mode even when I wasn’t near my Xbox. The beta justified my purchase, and I can’t wait to play again on October 12th.
I think next month is when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds becomes a forgotten game. A relic of the past. A game that inspired a genre, but was killed off by games that did things better. It sucks because there was a time when every gamer in my neighborhood talked about PUBG. I bought it on PC and Xbox One to play with my friends. We all dropped off during the Fortnite craze and only jumped back a few times.
With Blackout coming out, I don’t think I’ll ever play PUBG again. Honestly, what’s the point? It sucks that Microsoft invested so much money in securing PUBG on Xbox One, but the game isn’t as good as the others in the genre. PUBG was always a mess during Game Preview, and while it’s better, the quality is not good enough to keep me invested. Blackout takes all of the aspects I love from PUBG, infuses it with the best parts of Call Of Duty, and turns it into a package that should be a must-buy for fans of the first-person and battle royale genres.
PUBG used to be the reigning champion in the industry, the talk of the town amongst gamers, and a title that was destined to revolutionize the medium as a whole. While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds did, in fact, inspire Epic and Activision to bring different Battle Royale games to consoles, the result is clear, PUBG has fallen from grace. It’s, unfortunately, looking like the game will be a small footnote in the Battle Royale genre which is a shame. For every great thing it brought to the gaming industry, it looks like players are starting to abandon it. Next month, Fortnite will offer fans an arcady battle royale game while Black Ops 4 will satisfy that tactical itch. This leaves PUBG struggling to survive. PUBG is rarely the topic of conversation anymore, it’s not the juggernaut people initially thought it would be, and come October 12th, I believe Blackout will be the final nail in the coffin for PUBG, and that’s a shame.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89