It was the most-downloaded mobile game in the world in 2019, and by May 2020, it had over 80 million active users
First and foremost, Free Fire’s beta was released in 2017, developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Garena (hence the name), and has since become one of the world’s most popular mobile games. It was the most-downloaded mobile game in the world in 2019, and by May 2020, it had over 80 million active users worldwide.
However, if you live in the United States or the United Kingdom, you may not have heard of it until now, because it is most popular in so-called “emerging markets” such as Southeast Asia, India, and Brazil, according to YouTube. Putting up numbers like that, on the other hand, is a good indication that this mobile game isn’t going away anytime soon, and may even grow even bigger, so let’s take a look at what makes this battle royale tick.
Congratulations if you’ve played Fortnite, Warzone, or PUBG! You already have a good understanding of how it works. 50 players parachute from a plane onto an island, where they collect weapons and items before battling it out to be the last player (or squad) standing. Free Fire, like other battle royales, includes a safe zone that shrinks throughout the game to force players together into tighter areas and force end-game encounters.
Graphically, the game resembles a scaled-down version of PUBG, but for a mobile game, the graphics are some of the best, on par with Fortnite or CoD mobile. You control your character with your thumbs in this third-person shooter. If you’re used to using a controller or a mouse and keyboard, the controls will seem strange at first, but don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it quickly because they’re simple and intuitive.
There are even vehicles you can use to help you get around the map, though we recommend getting out before engaging in combat. Another thing to keep in mind is that, as a mobile game, there is a very noticeable aim assist feature at work here, which will easily lock your crosshair onto enemies.