Epic Games’ widely successful video game, Fortnite, is publicly open and free on iOS devices. Android users will be able to play “within the next few months,” according to the game’s website. But what is Fortnite? And why is everyone talking about it?
If you are unaware of what Fortnite is you must be living under a rock. Fortnite is a free to play, battle royale game for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Mobile Devices. Although it’s success has come through it’s PVP mode (player vs. player) it wasn’t it’s main focus originally. Way back in 2011, Epic Games debuted a short trailer on their new game Fortnite. The trailer showed off characters building a base to protect themselves from zombies. For a long time the game was strictly a PvE game (player vs. environment) where you would gather materials and build a base during the day then defend your base from zombies at night. But after seeing the success of PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battleground) the developers decided to add a battle royale mode. Now it’s the most watched game on Twitch (a livestream website) and clocks in millions of views on YouTube videos.
So, what exactly is a “battle royale” game? Well, it’s a multiplayer game where players have to find weapons randomly scattered throughout the map and use those weapons to be the last player standing. Matches can be played in different modes, solo, duo, and squad. A squad consists of 4 players on a team and a duo would be double. Matches have 100 players, usually dropped from a plane, competing for first place. Maps will often get smaller after just a few minutes into a match to keep players from hiding the whole match. This genre of game has become huge on Twitch due to games like Arma 3 and H1Z1.
Why is Fortnite so popular? Well, I believe there are two huge contributions to this. One, Fortnite is free to play. That means you don’t have to actually pay anything to play the game. As a side note, it’s also available on almost every system. Two, it’s a battle royale game which most people love. People love that tense gameplay that battle royales bring. Personally, I’d say in a year it will die down until a new battle royale game comes out. That is what happened to big games like H1Z1, Arma 3, The Culling, and Dayz.
Fortnite is a big game right now, and with mobile just starting to open up, it will be interesting to see where it will go from here.