Fortnite was launched in 2017 and is one of the most influential game releases of all time. By having over 200 million players worldwide, the developer Epic Games is now one of the biggest game studios in the world.
A battle royale, where 100 players are thrown across the map and put to fight for their survival to be the last man standing. The game is played either in a single queue or in a squad of two to four.
With up to 100 players participating in each round, users hop on the “Battle Bus”, parachute weaponless down to a sprawling map full of named locations such as “Lazy Lake”, “Pleasant Park”, and “Retail Row”.
Once landing on the ground, players search buildings and fields for a random distribution of weapons, shields, and other items that can assist them in lasting out the match to be the last player, or team, alive. Over time, as with most Battle Royale games, the game’s safe zone decreases in size, and players caught outside the zone will take damage. This directs the surviving players into tighter spaces, forcing players to encounter battles.
What makes Fortnite different from other Battle Royale games are the building mechanics. This is one of the main features brought over from the original Save the World version. Nearly all objects in the environment can be destroyed and harvested for materials (wood, stone, and metal), which can then be used to build fortifications of limited durabilities.
The building aspect of the game is what makes it so interesting.
The ability to quickly put together fortresses and towering skyscrapers from scavenged materials fundamentally change the mid to end game. That said, the building is also one of the biggest barriers to entry today. For a game, this astronomically popular, Fortnite has a lot of controls to learn. Learning how to build during games, now that many competitors have been dedicated to Fortnite for more than a year, would seem to be an extremely challenging task for new players.