Fortnite is a co-op sandbox survival game developed for Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Fortnite started in Early Access mode, in which players can receive paid copies to support the developers and provide feedback. The game is expected to go free to play after its full release, which is expected to be sometime in 2018.
Fortnite is a unique game that incorporates the zombie survival genre with fast-paced action and a variety of weapons. The game has a primary objective: to build a fortress around a specific object. That object is assigned to the players to be protected, and they are given time to build a fortress around it by scavenging items from trees, rocks and various other places (by destroying them), and using them to craft defensive items for the fortress. When the fortress is ready, a swarm or horde of zombies will attempt to break down the wall and get the object. The defense of the fortress can’t hold out on its own and this is where the player must actively participate by attacking the zombies themselves using a wide array of weapons and melee combat options. The end goal of a normal game is to resist the undead horde and come out victorious.
A wide variety of weapons and tools are available in the game. The uses of these weapons are not complex or confusing – they have each been designed in such a way that casual as well as experienced players can use them effectively. Similarly, four classes of characters are also available, and the player can select these characters based on their fighting styles, as each class possesses a different set of innate skills and basic attributes. These classes are
Similarly, four classes of characters are also available, and the player can select these characters based on their fighting styles, as each class possesses a different set of innate skills and basic attributes. These classes are the ninja, constructor, soldier, and Outlander classes. The ninja is a swift and deadly fighter, the constructor can build exclusive types of defensive walls and the soldier specializes in weapons. In this way, the character classes and weapon selection provide variety to the game, giving it a high value of replayability.
A player vs. player (PVP) mode was introduced, in which up to ten live players from around the world can participate in a single game, and battle against each other. The players will each build their own fortresses and attempt to take down the enemy’s bases. Various other game modes are also expected to be released after the release of the full game or even during the early access phase. The Battle Royale mode was introduced, a free-to-play mode in which 100 players will fight it out on a vast map.
Fortnite attempts to blend different genres into a game when the industry is so rife with clichéd titles and attempts to provide variety in gameplay mechanics from other shooter titles. It also features a deliberately styled tacky and cartoonish appeal reminiscent of Valve’s Team Fortress 2. This is the developer’s successful attempt to provide a horror experience from a comedic standpoint. However, the game’s weapons and defense mechanisms are quite realistic. Fortnite is expected to be one of the biggest releases of 2018.