Fortnite Battle Royale

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Fortnite (Battle Royale)
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Developer(s)Epic Games
Publisher(s)Epic Games
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)
Release
  • 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

Fortnite Battle Royale is a video game first realeased in 2011 and updated in in in 2017 with the Battle Royale mode. It has been updated in 2018 adding Battle Royale mode. The game is centred 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 killed. The game is so popular that one weekend there was 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 also now most popular game in the world. Every month around 40 million people log on to play the popular game called fortnite. The original of the game was called save the world and was first introduced in 2011 with the name of fornite.

Gameplay[change | change source]

In Fortnite Battle Royale, the game starts with 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 killing 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, shields, and other combat support that is needed for players to survive, as well as attack opponents and defend themselves. Throughout the game, a cyclone approaching from outside the land will move closer and closer towards the center of the map. Any player caught in the cyclone 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 random 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, allowing players 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 custom emotes. The player can also earn V-Bucks without in-app purchases through completing missions or daily quests.[2]

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 often.[3][4]

Seasonal changes[change | change source]

Fortnite Battle Royale has "seasons" that last for around 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 11 seasons at the moment. Since December 2017, there is a new season about every 10 weeks.

On October 2019, there was a new chapter to Fortnite Battle Royale. This added even more new gameplay.

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 July 2018 – September 2018 Time travel-themed season.
Season 6 September 2018 – December 2018[5] Darkness and corruption themed.
Season 7 December 2018 – February 2019 Winter themed.
Season 8 March 2019 - May 2019 Adventure/pirate/tropical/fire themed.
Season 9 May 2019 - July 2019 Futuristic themed.
Season X August 2019 - October 2019 There was no specific theme to this season, but a new part of the story had been released. New locations were re-released, including maps that were released exclusively for specific seasons.

Chapter 2[change | change source]

Season Period Description
Season 1 October 2019 - present Introduced a new map after the old map was destroyed by a black hole during Chapter 1 Season X.[6] This new season also introduced multiple new mechanics that players could use, such as picking up downed teammates (or enemies) and either bringing them to different locations or throwing them.

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 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 children. Since the release of the mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale, many parents and teachers were concerned about how it affects children's behavior.[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 class.[14]

Some agencies (organizations that service a special field) were concerned that many children are not getting enough proper exercise and real-world social interaction because of playing games such as Fortnite Battle Royale.[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 shouldn't be allowed" and "It's created to addict. An addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It's so irresponsible."[18]

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