Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017. It is available in three distinct game mode versions that share the same general gameplay and game engine: Fortnite- Save the World, Fortnite Battle Royale, and Fortnite Creative.
The first two game modes were released in 2017 and Fortnite Creative was released on December 6, 2018. Save the World is available only for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Battle Royale has been released for those platforms in addition for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices.
While the first two games have been successful for Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale became a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year and earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month.
The aim of Fornite is to stay alive, playing as an individual or as part of a team with people across the globe to ward off hordes of enemy monsters, build forts and defend the island’s survivors. Each game lasts around 20 minutes, providing you don’t get killed.
Fortnite is distributed as three different game modes, using the same engine and has similar graphics, art assets, and game mechanics.
Fortnite: Save the World is a cooperative shooter-survival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build on various missions. The game is set after an unlikely storm appears across Earth, causing 98% of the population to disappear, and the survivors to be attacked by zombie-like “husks”. The players take the role of commanders of home base shelters, collecting resources, saving survivors, and defending equipment that helps to either collect data on the storm or to push back the storm. Players can get a number of in-game items, which include hero characters, weapon and trap schematics, and survivors, all of which can be leveled up through gained experience to improve their attributes.
Fortnite Battle Royale is a player-versus-player battle royale game for up to 100 players, fight to be the last person standing allowing one to play alone, in a duo, or in a squad of 4 players. Weaponless players are airdropped from a “Battle Bus” that crosses the game’s map. When they land, they must scavenge for weapons, items, resources, and even vehicles while trying to stay alive and attack other players, eliminating them. Over the course of a round, the safe area of the map shrinks down in size due to an incoming storm; players outside that safe area take damage and can be eliminated if they fail to quickly evacuate. This forces the remaining players into tighter spaces and encourages player encounters. The last player, duo, or squad remaining is the winner.
Fortnite Creative is a sandbox game mode where players are given complete freedom to create anything they want on an island, such as battle arenas, race courses, platforming challenges and more. Epic Games reviews some of the most popular creations from Creative and rotate these into the Battle Royale map in an area called “The Block”.
In the first two modes, players can use a pickaxe to knock down existing structures on the map to collect basic resources that are wood, brick, and metal. Fortification pieces can be edited to add things like windows or doors. The materials used have different durability properties and can be updated to stronger variants using more materials of the same type. In Battle Royale, this provides the means to quickly traverse the map, protect oneself from enemy fire, or to delay an advancing foe. In Fortnite Creative, players are encouraged to be very creative in designing their fortifications.
Why is Fortnite so popular?
- It’s free and available on a huge range of devices – Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS and some Android devices too.
- Multiplayer games last up to 30 minutes, and players can quickly re-enter a new game, making long sessions extremely easy.
- It comes with weekly updates and challenges, it’s constantly evolving.
- V-bucks is an In-game currency that allows players to complete challenges for rewards.
All game modes are set to be free-to-play titles, though, as of 2019. The first two games are monetized through the use of V-Bucks, that can be purchased with real-world funds, but also earned through completing missions and other achievements in Save the World. In “Battle Royale”, V-Bucks can be used to buy cosmetic items like character models or the like, or can also be used to purchase the game’s Battle Pass.