How it began
The rise of Fortnite has taken the gaming world by storm and it doesnt show any signs of calming down any time soon. Epic Games’ mass-multiplayer shooter has more than 40 million players online and continues to grow at a rapid pace.
In July 2017, it was released as a paid Early Access game. It was solely a PvE (Player versus Environment) experience. Players completed levels by collecting materials and creating sophisticated bases in which to fight against hordes of zombies.
Reviews were mainly positive. However, Epic had been watching the success of another Early Access game called PlayerUnknown’sBattleground (PUBG) and decided to follow suit.
The following September, ‘Battle Royale’ a free to play version of the original game, was released. And by January 2018, the rise of Fortnite was clear to see. The world had gone Fortnite crazy with Epic revealing Fortnite had 45 million players worldwide.
Battle Royale mode entails 100 people parachuting onto an island with only the clothes on their back and a pickaxe. Players can play solo or as a part of a team of up to four players.
As they search for weapons and hunt rival players, the game slowly restricts the game area by way of a “Storm Eye.” Players must remain inside the storm eye in order to survive. As the battle continues, the storm eye gradually shrinks and players are forced to get closer and closer with less and less places to hide until there is a ‘last man standing’ winner.
The game offers a different experience everytime it is played. Different opponents of differing abilities are faced each time and loot is randomly dropped all over the map. Also, downed players drop any loot they’ve collected for other players to pick up. Due to this, no two visits to the same location will offer the same weapons, health packs or shields. This keeps the game interesting and fresh.
After being killed, players can either spectate their opponents or join another game and start all over again against a whole new set of opponents
At the minute Fortnite is available on PC, PS4, XBox One and Apple Mac. Some IOS owners can already play it on their mobiles if they are signed up to the official Fortnite site and have received an invite. Once tests have been completed, Epic will be releasing the full mode and this will be available to Android users too. Currently, only users signed up to the site who are using iOS 11 on iPhone 6S/SE, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro devices or later are getting invites. There are some small differences on the mobile version: its not as visually impressive and the controls are touchscreen. Also a lot of audio cues have been made visual so that users can play in public without the need for headphones. On the whole though, the mobile version is much the same as the full version.
XBox One and PS4 owners can’t play the game together still, but users on these consoles can play with friends playing on PC and mobile devices. There is also cross-progression. So, if you’re logged into your Fortnite account on your mobile and you later log into your console to play, everything you did on your mobile earlier that day is carried over.
Should Parents be concerned
There has been numerous discussions in the media about whether or not parents should be concerned with the rise in popularity of Fortnite. There is a fear that it is highly addictive and desensitizes the user to violence. However, although the game does obviously involve violence and classic shooting game elements, unlike games such as Call of Duty, it doesn’t show any blood or gore and has cartoon style graphics.
Celebrities such as Drake and Travis Scott are massive Fortnite fans. They often tweet to inform their fans when they are streaming live, increasing interest in the game with their followers. Fortnite has also been discussed on popular television programmes, such as ‘Good Morning America’ and the UK’s ‘This Morning’. This kind of exposure is only going to help the popularity of the game.
As Fortnite is free to play, gamers can try it with no risk or financial outlay, which is obviously going to help improve its popularity. Epic are able to offer this because they are an established developer who make their money by selling their game engine, ‘Unreal’, to other companies. They also sell in-game items, such as cheap battle passes and skins, which creates even more interest in the game.
Epic have an entire team of people dedicated to expanding Fortnite and its in-game items. Various new locations were added to the world when the game was updated in January 2018. These changes included a motel, a big city and many unique habitats each with different environments. Just this month a new mode has arrived called ’20 vs 20 vs 20 vs 20 vs 20′, which allows a more clan style of attack. Constant improvements and changes keep Fortnite current and allow gamers to look forward to new experiences and stop boredom setting in.
This constant updating also allows the game to evolve with current popular culture and even somewhat impact on it. Football stars and rugby players are using moves from the game to celebrate scoring creating interest with young fans.
With all this considered, the future of Fortnite is looking bright and the rise of fortnite is set to continue.
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