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February 3, 2019 in Games
A sandbox-survival third-person shooter from the studio behind the Unreal Tournament and Gears of War series. Save the world from a mysterious purple storm in the co-operative campaign or go "battle royale" with the 100-player free-to-play player-vs-player mode.
Fortnite is a sci-fi sandbox-survival third-person shooter developed and digitally published by Epic Games for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and both iOS and Android devices on June 29, 2020. The XONE, PS4, PC, and Mac versions were originally released in early access format on July 25, 2017, with the iOS version released on April 2, 2018, the Switch version released on June 12, 2018, and the Android version released on August 9, 2018. It was later released on the Xbox Series X|S on November 10, 2020 and on the PlayStation 5 on November 12, 2020, both as launch titles.
Running on the studio's signature Unreal Engine 4 game engine, Fortnite utilizes numerous exploration, scavenging, crafting, and constructing elements from other sandbox-survival games (such as Minecraft and Rust) with two distinct multiplayer-focused game modes: the pay-to-play co-operative campaign "Save the World" and the free-to-play player-vs-player mode "Battle Royale".
Along with the popularity of the "Battle Royale" game mode, including its numerous cross-promotions with other media franchises (such as Star Wars, Halo, Street Fighter, John Wick, The Terminator, Alien, and both Marvel and DC universes), the game is notable for being the forefront of an ongoing lawsuit against both Apple and Google for legal issues regarding in-app purchasing.
The game's original mode, later re-titled "Save the World", is a co-operative campaign where up to four players can band together as unique Heroes and co-operate on missions in procedurally-generated landscapes, earning new weapon schematics, trap schematics, and upgraded Heroes by completing missions and opening loot chests.
The mode is set in a near-future contemporary Earth, where a mysterious and chaotic storm has engulfed the planet, dropping zombie-like creatures that put the world in an apocalyptic state. The remaining survivors have found a way to shield locations from the storm (using special field generators known as "Storm Shields") and must find survivors, resources, and a way to repel the storm completely.
The mode was originally developed in conjunction with People Can Fly, and the early-access XONE and PS4 versions were also released in retail format on July 25, 2017 by Gearbox. This mode is not available on the Switch, iOS, and Android versions, with the Mac version discontinued on September 23, 2020.
Originally added on September 26, 2017, "Battle Royale" is a survival-shooter mode (similar to PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS and H1Z1) in which players participate in 100-player matches where all players drop down into a large uninhabited island (in which a deadly "Storm" is approaching the island), scavenge for weapons and items, and fight to the death to become the last team standing.
Unlike most other survival-shooters, Fortnite makes heavy use of the structure-building mechanic of the "Save the World" mode, allowing players to mine resources and quickly build structures (of varying quality) to give them a structural and/or height advantage. It is also the first of its kind to include numerous map and game mechanic alterations on a seasonal basis.
While the game is normally played in either standard free-for-all (Solos) or team matches (either two-player Duos or four-player Squads), it received numerous limited-time event modes (LTMs) that change the rules in numerous ways (such as larger-team 50v50 modes, modes that change the weapon and item spawns, and traditional deathmatch modes with respawning enabled). Some of these modes tie-in to an in-game event (such as the cross-promotional Infinity Gauntlet mode) while some are special "Live Events" that have players instead watching an event unfold (such as a live concert). A separate "Creative" sandbox mode was later added on December 6, 2018, and a social deduction "Impostors" mode (which is highly reminiscent of the 2018 game Among Us) was added on August 17, 2021.
Unlike most games in the "battle royale" genre, each weapon in the game can be found in one of numerous different color-coded "rarities" (grey Common, green Uncommon, blue Rare, purple Epic, and gold Legendary). Higher-rarity weapons have an increase in damage dealt, along with a slight improvement in another stat (usually reloading speed). In most cases, Epic and Legendary versions also have a unique weapon model.
Since the game's beta, most of the game's arsenal has been put "in the vault" and shelved, meaning that they cannot be obtained in normal play. Most of them can be found in the Creative and Playground modes and in certain Limited Time Modes. This page is accurate as of Patch 16.00.
As of Patch 16.00, the main game now involves weapon crafting,
There are currently no weapons using Heavy Bullets in the rotation.
Along with the standard Squads (where players can form four-man "squads"), Duos (where players can form two-man "duos"), and Solo (completely free-for-all) playlists, Epic has regularly released limited-time event playlists (called LTMs, or Limited Time Modes) that alter the standard formula.
The map of Fortnite differs in the version of Fortnite being played.
In Fortinte: Save the World, 4 locations are featured. These unlock by completing quests for previous outlocks. The locations are:
In Fortnite: Battle Royale, as ofChapter 2 Season 2, there exist 18 locations in the map, all named in an alliterative fashion, except for The Agency, The Yatch, The Shark, The Rig, and The Grotto. Examples of locations include Lazy Lake, The Agency and Pleasant Park. These tend to vary notably during certain game events, with effects which range from temporary visual changes to their destruction.
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