Battle royale modes and standalone games aren't exactly hard to come by in these days and times. From the likes of DayZ to Apex Legends, battle royale is plentiful and has highly saturated the marketplace. And, with the recent release of Call of Duty: Warzone, one has to wonder: when will the battle royale genre end?

The current gaming catalog is already flooded with battle royale. The above-mentioned DayZ and Apex Legends are just two examples, though Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds started the mainstream trend and represent the wild popularity that the battle royale genre has garnered over the past few years. This led to countless battle royale modes being added to existing franchise installments. Prime examples would be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V, Grand Theft Auto Online, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Even franchises like Tetris and Forza Horizon have fallen into this model.

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Why is Call of Duty heading in a strictly battle royale direction? The series has traditionally been a go-to multiplayer game anyway. Its online component usually draws in thousands, if not millions, of players for chaotic (if frustrating) matches. Further, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was already a sufficiently big hit for Infinity Ward and Activision. Why take it a step further? Well, microtransactions are likely a big justification here.

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Simply put, at this point, it was probably felt that Call of Duty was going in the battle royale direction anyway given that's the current online multiplayer standard. The standalone Call of Duty: Warzone was just the plain embodiment of that standard for a franchise that had long been the multiplayer standard. The wind is blowing in an expected direction, in other words, and it ought to be turned around before the market becomes oversaturated.

Gaming genres come and go. The zombie genre is a prime example of this, which was only somewhat revitalized by 2019's Resident Evil 2. The worry is that battle royale may get driven into the ground, as indicated by the fact that an industry giant like Call of Duty joined in. Before gamers get burnt out, let's just all take a big step back for now and perhaps return to the genre once the itch returns.

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