A mix of Minecraft and Team Fortress 2 – that’s Fortnite, which you can play with up to three friends. Explore, eat, build, survive! While you are exploring the world, crafting weapons, mining materials, and building a place to stay, you also have to take care of the zombies that will soon attack you.
Behind Fortnite are none other than Epic Games – the makers of the Unreal Engine and the Gears of War series – and People Can Fly. The latter has been working with Epic for years and is based in Poland. The good friendship between the USA and Poland game developers has now resulted in Fortnite, which was released as Early Access on July 25, 2017. In 2018 it experienced another release – as a free-to-play title.
The most important facts about Fortnite:
- Release date: July 25, 2017 (Early Access), 2018 (full version), 08/09/18 (Android), 03/28/2018 (iOS), 06/12/2018 (Switch)
- Genre: Co-op sandbox survival
- Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch
- Scenario: 4-player multiplayer in a randomly generated world full of opponents with building and crafting elements
- Developer: Epic Games, People Can Fly
- Publisher: Epic Games
Fortnite: The first game with the Unreal Engine 4
The developers behind Fortnite took over six years to release this survival game. The game was initially released as an early access version, only to be launched in 2018 as a free-to-play version.
What content will ultimately turn it into the finished game depends largely on the feedback from the players. The developers attach great importance to this. They assume that already in the first six months after the early access release a lot will be done and changed.
The development studio got the inspiration for the Team Fortress 2 lookalike game from Mojang’s sandpit game Minecraft. Accordingly, we have the opportunity to explore a completely freely accessible world in which we have to get food, build something, and of course have to fight for survival. Beyond that, however, there have not yet been any exact details.
Fortnite is all about destruction, collecting, and action. The setting seems like a post-catastrophic wasteland, in which the players have to plunder shops in empty cities in order to then build a shelter that is attacked by zombie-like creatures at night – Reminds me of walking dead.
More information on Fortnite
Fortnite was available for free in 2018 – as a free-to-play version. Fortnite has been available for PC (Windows and Mac), PS4, and Xbox One since the beginning. However, if you want to play the survival hit on the PC, you cannot do that via Steam.
You need an Epic Games account. PlayStation players will need to link their Epic account to their PSN account. Xbox players must purchase Fortnite through the Xbox Store. On the console, you need a Live or PS Plus membership to play Fortnite.
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