Destiny publisher, Activision, might be dipping its toes in the Battle Royale genre soon. Recent developments in the gaming industry have pushed the large-scale online arena shooters at the mainstream, having PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) broken ground. While PUBG takes that credit, other games have begun following suit, with Fortnite gaining the most ground, while other games such as Paladins and CS:GO also joining the bandwagon in an effort to retain veterans and attract new players.
The Activision rumor comes after a Dow Jones Newswire (screen captured via Twitter) indicated that investment advisory firm, Oppenheimer, boosted its market price target from US$70 to US$87 in a meeting with Activision’s chief financial officer and investor relations director. The investment firm indicated that Activision is keenly aware of the burgeoning Battle Royale genre and how other publishers have recently benefited from it. As quoted:
“Management reminded investors that the company is a faster follower.”
Oppenheimer is also confident that the stakes could go higher, especially with the company’s two upcoming mobile games (one of which we reported as undergoing development due to a public job listing) and its expectations to sell rights for more teams to join its fan-favorite Overwatch League.
Though it might not be in the near future, but there’s a probability for a Battle Royale-style game under the Activision or Blizzard brand in their plans. Or could this be the way to save the oft-criticized Destiny 2?
Hmm, which Activision Blizzard game do you think might get a battle royale mode first? pic.twitter.com/ACGR8I3FUh
— Sarah E. Needleman (@saraheneedleman) March 12, 2018