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Published February 28, 2019

The original version of Fortnite is focused on strategy. It’s a survival action game for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Mac.

In its mode known as Fortnite: Battle Royale it is a wildly popular last-player-standing game that’s unsurprisingly taken off and is now a massive hit. A mobile version of Battle Royale allows portable players to play against console and PC gamers with whom they can engage.

Fortnite: Battle Royale now incorporates a personalized Creative mode that allows adventure creation and can pit as many as 100 players against each other in various guises: solo or duo, or even as many as four-player squads to test who is capable of surviving the longest against each other as the map shrinks.

The game’s style is cartoonish, but the violence is persistent, though it has to be said that it is not at all bloody or gory. Even though players use both melee weapons and firearms to eliminate their opponents, the blood count is zero.

However, this game does push its players in the direction of in-game purchases in order to acquire many cosmetic objects and animations, though these are not necessary if you just want to play.

There is no profanity in the game’s dialogue, but be warned because its online nature could lead to younger players being exposed to the rough and ready language that can emanate from random strangers in the accompanying chat.

In Save the World, gamers use a combination of creativity, strategic thinking, and forward planning to construct fortifications at the same time as collaborating with teammates to defend both survivors and their objectives from wave upon wave of zombie-style creatures.

Fortnite was developed by Epic Games and had its first release in 2017. It comes in three game modes that share the same gameplay and the same game engine:

  • Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative shooter-survival game
  • Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle game for as many as 100 players
  • Fortnite Creative, a game involving the creation of worlds and battle arenas.

Save the World is only available for macOS, Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Battle Royale is also available on iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.

Fortnite Battle Royale is an outstanding success. It drew over 125 million players in under a year and earns hundreds of millions of dollars each month.

In the original two modes, players are able to use pickaxes to knock down structures that appear on the map. As a result, they collect basic resources including brick, wood, and metal. Players can then use the materials they collect to construct fortifications building floors, walls, along with stairs.

Windows and doors can be added. But each material has a different durability property and can be upgraded to stronger versions.

Within Save the World, for example, players are able to create defensive structures through which they can lure husks. Battle Royale offers players the means to quickly travel across the map, protecting themselves from enemy fire, or delaying the advance of the foe. Creative players are exhorted to be very imaginative the design of their fortifications.

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