Fortnite Battle Royale

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Fortnite (Battle Royale)
Fortnite logo
Developer(s)Epic Games
Publisher(s)Epic Games
EngineUnreal Engine 4
  • Windows, macOS,
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • September 26, 2017
  • iOS
  • April 2, 2018
  • Nintendo Switch
  • June 12, 2018
  • Android
  • August 9, 2018
Genre(s)Battle royale
Mode(s)Multiplayer, Single-player, Creative

Fortnite Battle Royale is a video game mode within Fortnite released in 2017. The game is centered around being the last person alive. It also consists of a storm slowly moving towards a point on the map. If a player is caught in the storm for too long, their character is eliminated. The game is so popular that one weekend there were 3.6 million people playing it. In the first year of Fortnite, Epic Games made a mode called Save the World which is Fortnite's main campaign. Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world, where around 40 million people log on to play the game monthly. The original version of this game was called Save The World and was first introduced in 2011 with the name of Fortnite. In this mode, your mission is to save the survivors trapped in the storm zone.

Gameplay[change | change source]

In Fortnite Battle Royale, the game starts with up to 100 players. The player may join with other players to form a team of two to four players, or the player may play on their own. The main goal of the game is to be the last player or team alive by eliminating or avoiding other players. The round starts with weaponless players skydiving from floating buses (called "Battle Buses")[1] into a region of land. The game is set in that particular environment with all of the weapons, health items and other combat support that is needed for players to survive. Opponents attack other players and defend themselves by building structures. Throughout the game, a purple storm approaching from outside the land will move closer and closer towards the center of the map. Any player caught in the storm will become damaged. This directs surviving players closer to each other, forcing them to have to fight against each other. During the match, supply drops that provide legendary weapons and items will appear in random locations. Similar to Fortnite: Save the World, Fortnite Battle Royale is primarily played in third-person perspective (a type of perspective where the player controls the character as if they were around the character).

What makes Fortnite Battle Royale unique from other Battle royale games is the new building system, originating from the original Fortnite game. Players may destroy objects in their environment to provide materials so that they can build fortifications (walls, roofs, floors, etc) that help protect them from enemies. Some fortifications can be built quickly, but they will be destroyed easily. Some fortifications, however, can be built slowly but resists attacks better.

The game is free-to-play, however players have the option to make in-app purchases that earn extra V-Bucks. "Vinderbucks", or V-Bucks for short, allows players to purchase new skins for their characters, weapons, or dances.[2] The player can also earn V-Bucks without in-app purchases through completing missions or challenges that can even include skins.

Ever since Fortnite Battle Royale was first released, Epic Games, the creator of the game, adds new features to it regularly. They frequently add new items and weapons for the game as well as fixing up any glitches or other critical problems in the game that affect gameplay.[3][4]

Seasonal changes[change | change source]

Fortnite Battle Royale has "seasons" that last for about 10 weeks each.. These seasons introduce a new theme, along with a new chapter in the game's storyline. Each season also brings new content, including new exclusive skins and new gameplay elements. There are currently 16 seasons, and 2 chapters at the moment.

On October 15, 2019, a new chapter was released to Fortnite Battle Royale. This added even more new gameplay like boats, fishing, new guns, a lot of guns and items being vaulted, and a completely new map.

Chapter 1[change | change source]

Season Period Description
Season 1 September 2017 – December 2017 Considered the first season before Season 2 was officially announced.
Season 2 December 2017 – February 2018 Introduction of the battle pass. Medieval themed.
Season 3 February 2018 – April 2018 Space-themed.
Season 4 May 2018 – July 2018 Superhero Movie-themed season.
Season 5 - Worlds Collide July 2018 – September 2018 Time travel-themed season.
Season 6 - Darkness Rises September 2018 – December 2018[5] Darkness and corruption themed.
Season 7 - You Better Watch Out December 2018 – February 2019 Winter themed.
Season 8 - X Marks The Spot March 2019 - May 2019 Adventure/pirate/tropical/fire themed.
Season 9 - The Future Is Yours May 2019 - July 2019 Futuristic themed.
Season X - Out Of Time August 2019 - October 2019 Season X was a celebration of all the previous seasons rolled into one. POIs from the past 2 years returned with new variations and twists on existing locations.

Chapter 2[change | change source]

Season Period Description
Season 1 October 2019 - February 2020 A black hole that had people waiting for days finally emerged. This brought a new map with new mechanics such as throwing knocked players, fishing and driving boats.

New skins were introduced along with new items such as the Bandage Bazooka or the Legendary & Epic Pistol.

Season 2 - Top Secret February 2020 – June 2020 Double Agent-themed season. (Ghost V Shadow)
Season 3 - Splashdown June 2020 - August 2020 Water-themed season, with the island now flooded.[6]
Season 4 - Nexus War August 2020 – November 2020 Marvel-themed season, contains Nexus War event.
Season 5 - Zero Point December 2020 - March 2021 Season themed around the "Zero-Point" that has been used in the Fortnite Storyline and was first mentioned in Chapter 1, Season 4.

This season also seems to have old locations coming back from the Chapter 1, Season 5 map and have other games like Halo and God of War have characters

crossover into the Fortnite universe as playable skins via the Zero Point.

Season 6 - Primal March 2021 - Present Wild themed with new animals, hunting, and crafting.

Popularity[change | change source]

Fortnite Battle Royale at the 2018 Game Developers Conference.

The game is so popular that within two weeks of it coming out, there were over 10 million players playing the game.[7] As of March of 2019, Fortnite Battle Royale has 250 million players, which is more players than there are people living in the country Canada.[8]

Fortnite Battle Royale has also been popular with children, even though the game is all about shooting each other. The game's cartoonish art style, free-to-play nature (does not cost money to play the game), and being able to interact online makes it attractive to kids. Since the release of the mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale, many parents and teachers were concerned about how it affects children psychologically.[9] Teachers have noticed that children are easily distracted when playing Fortnite.[10][11][12][13] Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite Battle Royale, responded by adding warning labels to the game's loading screens that the game should not be played during a class session.[14]

Criticism[change | change source]

Some agencies (organizations that service a special field) were worried that many children are not getting enough proper exercise and real-world social interaction because of playing games such as Fortnite.[15] Other agencies had warned parents that Fortnite Battle Royale causes children to do violent behavior.[16][17] On April 2019, Prince Harry proposed that Fortnite Battle Royale should be banned. He thinks Fortnite Battle Royale does bad things for society. He said, "The game should not be allowed, It's created to addict children. An addiction to keep you in front of a screen for as long as possible. It's so irresponsible." [18]

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