What is Fortnite: Explained
Today we’re diving into Fortnite and explaining what this is, so this article is not intended for people that already play but it’s useful to share with friends and family that have no idea what Fortnite is. Here this is our new article about Fortnite V-Bucks Hack for Season 5
In a nutshell, Fortnite is a third-person shooter videogame available on all consoles, including mobile versions.
Fort-building Mechanic makes Fortnite unique
Fortnite was developed by Epic Games and the company People Can Fly and was released in late 2017. On a story level, you play as a survivor in a zombie-like apocalypse and you must gather resources and build forts, alongside other players. This fort-building mechanic is really what makes this game unique, with the ability to build (and destroy) most things in the game world. This allows for creativity, including building massive ramps and ladders to cross the entire map of the game. You can also straight up fight these zombies, called husks in the game, by collecting weapons and ammo. The game is silly and vibrant in nature, so both weapons and enemies veer towards the ridiculous.
Battle Royale Mode
When the game first launched, the default mode was called Save the World, where you can play in a four-person team and you must stop waves of husks, by storing up resources and building up your fort. This cost as much as a normal video game would, however a new mode to the game was released and this mode was standalone and was free to download, called Battle Royale.
This mode features 100 players in a match, where you can either play solo or in groups of up to four people, and you now face off against other real people, utilizing your shooting and fort-building skills to be the last ones standing. As the match progresses, you must stay inside a giant circle that is slowly shrinking, so that you can’t just hide on the fringes and expect to win the game. Again, the Battle Royale mode is free to download and is available on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and is even available for free on iOS and soon Android devices and they connect to each other, so you might be on your phone playing against someone on their PS4.
Interactive and gameplay
While it is free to download, there are optional things you can buy with real world money, mostly including character models so that your character stands out and emotes, so that your character can dance or showoff in the most interesting way. A lot of these dancing emotes are based on real life dances or viral phenomenons.
More recently, we see an interesting collaboration with Marvel as the villain Thanos appeared in Fortnite, in a new mode to fight over the infinity gauntlet. This was a limited time mode but an interesting experiment that will likely result in more crossovers in the future.
Fortnite not just big to play, it’s big to watch
Now, let’s zoom out. As of May 2018, there are about 45 million active players. That’s massive. It’s not just big to play, it’s big to watch. Many people are playing and streaming their games for the world to see, the biggest of which is a man named Ninja, Tyler Blevins. Using the streaming service Twitch, Ninja makes about $500,000 a month by streaming Fortnite almost exclusively. He made the mainstream news when rapper Drake joined him for some games, reaching 600,000 watchers at one time.
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