What is Fortnite?

Last Modified Jun 24, 2020 09:48 GMT

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Fortnite is a collection of two titles, Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite: Battle Royale, which initially hit the stores in 2017. The former title is the original while the latter was launched to rival PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

The good run of Fortnite: Save the World was overshadowed by the resounding success of Fortnite: Battle Royale with the game selling over 125 million copies within the first year of its release. The decision by Epic Games, the company behind the franchise, to release the Battle Royale version as a free to play title largely helped the cause.

Fortnite: Save the World

Fortnite: Save the World is the first game in the franchise released by Epic Games, revolving around the co-op survival genre. In the early access version of the game, the players tasked with surviving countless waves of enemies across varied locations set in an alternative post-apocalyptic Earth. One has to engage themselves in exploration, scavenging and building fortified structures to survive. Interestingly, the building mechanism in this game made its way into the Battle Royale version. All other features that one usually expects in a survival game such as a levelling system and reward system are present in Fornite: Save the World.

The full free-to-play version of Fortnite: Save the World is expected to hit the stores in 2019.

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by the company behind the franchise that is currently available on all the major platforms. As the name suggests, it revolves around the popular Battle Royale theme, which has taken the world by a storm since its inclusion into the mainstream gaming industry.

Up to 100 players can participate in a single round either as an individual or as a team and fight for survival to become the last person/team standing while also navigating their way around the map to stay in the constantly shrinking safe zone.

It starts off with players being parachuted onto an island without any weapons and one must scavenge the playable area for randomised loot to gain an advantage over other players. The constantly shrinking safe zone encourages encounters amongst players, which could get extremely interesting during the closing stages of a round. The building mechanism present in original Survival game figures in this title as well, making it the most distinguishable feature among the other games operating in the same Battle Royale genre. One could build fortified structures as defensive positions to minimise the damage taken during close encounters or use them trap their opponents before striking the final blow.

Additionally, Epic Games included the Season Challenges in this version of the game, which are released on a regular basis, bringing in new features for a fresh experience. Currently, Season 6, which began on 27 September 2018, is in progress.

Fortnite Platforms

Both the titles are available on PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 while the Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS devices are home only to the Battle Royale version.

Also, read Fortnite System Requirements For PC, MAC, Android & iOS