Nick 'NICKMERCS' Kolcheff has explained why he could return to Fortnite and what the battle royale game has over Call of Duty: Warzone.
Nick "NICKMERCS " Kolcheff has once again fuelled rumours that he could ditch Call of Duty and return to the colourful Fortnite map. Mouse and keyboard players had better watch out because it looks like the prodigal son is getting ready to return to the game that made him - in a big way. Kolcheff admitted that he's played around 80 games of Fortnite over the weekend, and when one fan asked if he'd return to the competitive scene, Kolcheff said currently smashing his way through duos with Ali "SypherPK" Hassan.
While it looks increasingly likely that NICKMERCS will be back in Fortnite, it will obviously lead to questions about why he's abandoning Call of Duty. There's been a NICKMERCS-shaped hole in Fortnite since he dipped away eight months ago and dropped into Verdansk to rise through the ranks of Call of Duty: Warzone. Ever since Kolcheff turned his back on Epic Games' battle royale behemoth, barely an interview has gone by that he hasn't had his Fortnite loyalty questioned. Now, he's opening up about what he thinks is wrong with Warzone in its current state.
What has NICMERCS said about Fornite vs Warzone?
In a new video hyping his Fortnite potential, NICKMERCS explained, "Last week I started playing Fortnite again, because of how stale damn Call of Dut is right now. I think fell in love with the game all over again. Sometimes, you have to walk away from some s**t to realise how much you like it. That brief break from Fortnite was much needed".
Expanding on what Epic has over Infinity Ward right now, Kolcheff continued, "Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”
With the recent release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, it's no secret that some Warzone players feel they've been sidelined in favour of the franchise's next entry. Although we're promised there will be a "seamless" integration between Warzone of old and the new Cold War era, it doesn't sound like NICKMERCS is convinced.
How is Fortnite beating Call of Duty: Warzone?
It's clear that both Warzone and Fortnite are going for two very different demographics. Whereas Call of Duty is more of an on-the-ground gritty shooter, Fortnite has a colourful cartoon edge with wild and wacky weapons. Both have evolving storylines over their seasons, but when it comes to Fortnite, Epic has the edge in that department. You only have to look at the tonne of content that's been dished out with the Marvel-themed Chapter 2 Season 4 to see this in action.
Discussing why he thinks Fortnite is once again edging ahead, NICKMERCS continued, "There are big rumors, all that stuff is getting pushed way out, while on the other hand for Fortnite. There is a big-time updates, and map changes right around the corner before Christmas. So you have got two opposite things going on right now". Still, let's remember that Call of Duty helped propel NICKMERCS to where he is today.
Kolcheff was one of the many big names that dipped out of Fortnite at the start of Chapter 2 in the midst of skill-based matchmaking critiques and a whole new map. NICKMERCS' trip to Verdansk was a lucrative one that has seen his Twitch followers climb to 4.6 million. Unfortunately, a move into Cold War might've been the straw that broke the camel's back and pushed NICKMERCS back into Fortnite. Oh well, it seems he needed a break from leaping off the Battle Bus anyway.
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