Epic Games Reports Record-Setting Engagement During Fortnite OG’s Launch
Epic Games transported players back in time with the month-long Fortnite OG season, which resurrects the game’s original island from 2018. The nostalgic throwback, which began on November 3, has taken the gaming community by storm, setting all-time records for unique user counts and playing hours during its first 24 hours.
A staggering 44.7 million users logged into Fortnite on the initial day of the Fortnite OG season, marking the game’s most popular single day in its five-year history, according to Epic Games. These players collectively amassed 102 million hours of gameplay, yet another unprecedented achievement.
Industry analyst Mat Piscatella from Circana offered further perspective on this accomplishment. He shared data from Circana’s Player Engagement Tracker, revealing that on November 3, 38% of all active Xbox players and 33% of all active PlayStation players delved into Fortnite. Both percentages represent the highest levels of engagement since tracking began in June 2020.
Piscatella also noted the extensive playtime of these engaged players. Active Xbox users spent an average of 195 minutes in Fortnite on November 3, while PlayStation players averaged 204 minutes during the same 24-hour period.
The season catapults the battle royale experience back to its roots, reintroducing weapons, locations, and elements from Fortnite’s inaugural chapter. Each week of the season brings further changes to the island, each referencing different seasons from Fortnite’s past. However, how this nostalgic journey will impact the overall Fortnite narrative remains undisclosed.
Fortnite is accessible on various platforms, including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. The Fortnite OG season is slated to continue until December 2, so if you want to get to it, do so while you still can! Players have a bit less than a month left to play it and nostalgically experience the game in its original form.