Fortnite is a free-to-play battle royale developed and published by Epic Games.
Fortnite has three separate game modes which use the same engine and have similar graphics, mechanics and art assets. In all of them, players can use a pickaxe to knock down trees and existing structures on the map to collect resources including wood, metal, and bricks. Players can use it to build fortifications, such as floors, walls, roofs and stairs, which they can improve with windows or doors. Different materials have different durability properties, and players can upgrade their structures to more robust variants using more resources of the same type.
Fortnite: Save the World, focuses on the player-versus-environment aspect, where four players need to cooperate to achieve the objective. The game setting is Earth after a colossal storm, which made ninety-eight per cent of the population disappear. Zombies attack survivors, and the players take the role of commanders of various shelters, they have to collect resources, save other survivors and defend the equipment that helps to push back the storm. Awards for the mission completion are in-game items, which include playable characters, weapon blueprints and survivors, which can level up and improve their abilities.
Fortnite: Creative represents a sandbox game mode, which is similar to Minecraft; therefore, players have complete freedom to spawn everything that is in the game on an island. They can also create custom game types, such as racecourses, platforming challenges, battle arenas and more.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a player-versus-player battle royale game mode for up to a hundred participants. You can play free-for-all, in a duo or team up with friends or other random players to form up a squad of three or four people. Weaponless characters jump from “Battle Bus” that crosses the game’s map at the beginning of the match. After they land, players must scavenge for resources, weapons, items and vehicles while trying to stay alive and eliminate other participants. Throughout each round, the safe area of the map shrinks down in size due to incoming storm, players outside the zone sustain a significant amount of damage and die unless they evacuate to the safe space quickly. That forces everyone to move to the centre of the map and encourages player encounters. The last survivor, duo, or squad, wins the game.
The game itself is free-to-play, but there are plenty of opportunities for gamers to spend their money. The developers add unique skins and costumes to the game weekly, and you have to buy in-game currency called V-bucks to purchase them. Apart from that, there is a feature named “Battle Pass”, which everyone can buy every three months, and that pass grants you access to game’s system updates, like character features and changes on the map, that free players will not have.
Epic Games often adds limited-time modes to the game, such as team domination, squad sandbox and more. That way, players can experiment with game mechanics and try something new in the same game. If the feedback is mostly positive, the developers might make the mode permanent in the game.
Fortnite has won multiple awards since 2017, and the community of this game is massive, and it keeps growing day by day. The unique combination of a third-person shooter and a building simulator provides a unique experience to the players, and the developers supply them with new content weekly.