Fortnite is an online video game published in 2017 and created by Epic Games. It is available in three separate game mode variants that share the same gameplay and engine in all other respects: Up to 100 people compete in Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game, to be the last player standing. Fortnite: Save the World is a cooperative tower defense-shooter and survival game where up to four players fight zombie-like creatures and defend objects with traps and fortifications they can build. Fortnite Creative is a free-form game where players can make their own worlds and battlegrounds.
Save the World and Battle Royale were released as early access games in 2017, while Creative was launched on December 6, 2018. Fortnite’s Save the World and Creative modes have been successful for Epic Games, but Fortnite Battle Royale has become a global phenomenon, attracting over 125 million players in less than a year and generating hundreds of millions of dollars per month. Until December 2019, Fortnite as a whole produced $9 billion in gross revenue.
Save the World is only available on Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Battle Royale and Creative, on the other hand, are available on all of those platforms plus Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.
Additionally, the game was released alongside the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S systems.
There are three different ways to play Fortnite, but they all use the same engine and have the same looks, art assets, and game mechanics.
Fortnite: Save the World is a player-versus-environment cooperative game in which four players collaborate to complete various objectives with a shared goal in mind. The game takes place after a freak storm wipes off 98% of the world’s population, and the survivors are assaulted by zombie-like “husks.” The players assume the role of commanders of home base shelters, collecting resources, rescuing survivors, and defending technology that either collects information about the storm or pushes it back. Missions give players a variety of in-game items, like hero characters, weapon and trap schematics, and survivors, all of which can be leveled up and have their traits improved by gaining experience.
Fortnite Battle Royale is a player-versus-player game for up to 100 players that allows solo, pair, and squad play (usually consisting of three or four players). Unarmed players airdrop from a “Battle Bus” that traverses the map of the game. Upon landing, players must scavenge for weapons, equipment, supplies, and even vehicles while attempting to remain alive and eliminate other players. Due to an approaching toxic storm, the map’s safe zone decreases in size over the course of a single round; players who remain outside the safe zone incur damage and risk elimination if they fail to immediately flee. This pulls the remaining players into closer spaces and increases the likelihood of player encounters. The winner is the last surviving player, pair, or team.
Fortnite Creative is a sandbox mode where players can put any object from the Battle Royale mode on their own island and make things like battle arenas, race tracks, and platforming challenges.
Players can use their pickaxe to demolish existing constructions on the map to acquire wood, brick, and metal as basic resources. The player can then use these materials in all game modes to construct fortifications, such as walls, floors, and staircases. These fortification elements can be modified to include windows or doors. The employed materials have varying durability characteristics and can be upgraded to stronger varieties by adding additional amounts of the same material. This allows players to construct defensive fortifications around an objective or trap-filled tunnels to attract husks via Save the World. In Battle Royale, this provides the means to swiftly cross the map, evade enemy fire, or stall an advancing attacker. In Creative, players are encouraged to be extremely innovative while creating their fortifications.
Save the World is pay-to-play, whilst Battle Royale and Creative are free-to-play.
The games are monetized through the use of V-Bucks, an in-game currency that may be purchased with real money but can also be earned by completing missions and achieving other Save the World-related objectives. In Save the World, V-Bucks can be spent to purchase piata-shaped or llama-shaped treasure boxes for a random assortment of goodies. Battle Royale V-Bucks can be used to buy cosmetic items like character models and the game’s “battle pass,” which gives you rewards for gaining experience and completing certain goals over the course of a season. These rewards include more customization options.