Let’s preface this article by stating that I’m not the BIGGEST fan of the Battle Royale genre and this all my opinion.
Now that we got that out of the way, Fortnite Battle Royale is great. It is one of those games that caught fire quick and keeps throwing gas to it’s own flames.
The original Fortnite game mode was meant to have 4 players working in unison to build…forts…and defend what’s left of humanity against these nasty aliens. While the mode is still widely available, it isn’t what you’ll see if you load up a stream on Twitch or Mixer.
Instead, you’ll see a player dropping onto an island with 99 other bloodthirsty characters. Each character has one goal: Be the last one left alive.
With limited games such as PUBG, H1Z1 King Of The Kill and The Culling being the top of the chain, Fortnite had found a niche market to thrive in.
While some see it as riding on the coat tails of PUBG because Fortnite Battle Royale was created AFTER it’s main mode was released, I see it as a good rivalry. It brings out the best in Fortnite as it has taken measures to differentiate itself from the others.
The “drop in, get killed, repeat” style of play doesn’t seem attractive on paper, but Epic Games had found a way to make this the most addictive thing in the world.
That rush of HAVING to be the last person alive or it’s a complete failure is something I never thought I would ever need more of, but I do. Casually talking with my friends to be rudely interrupted by a rival “squad” and switching into that serious tone to elimate them (let’s be honest, we die every time) is such a gratifying and glorious feeling.
Adding it’s own flair to the competition, Fortnite has brought in an art style that’s cartoony enough to not make it a Mature game but serious enough to let you feel great about purchasing the many skins, characters and emotes available.
The other main addition is the ability to build. As an enemy is attacking you, you have the option to put up barriers with the materials you gather on the battlefield. This is widely considered a game changer considering the other titles had you getting sniped in the open or just hiding in the terrain.
Fortnite is now it’s 4th “season” in which players can purchase a Battle Pass to give them extra perks and skins throughout the levels they gain. Other than that, it’s completely FREE. You do not have to pay a single dime to jump into the action.
The game itself is out on a variety of platforms, even mobile! There are tons of ways to play with your friends via crossplatform so accessbility is honestly what makes this game so appealing.
Spawning streaming idols like Ninja who has around 200k viewers per steam, no doubt spread public awareness to what Epic Games has visioned. It was also recently featured at E3 2018 as a giant “Celebrity/Pro” tournament with 3 MILLION dollars in prizes going to charity.
It’s easy to see that the Battle Royale style is trending. With upcoming releases like Battlefield V and Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 each including their own BR mode, it’s safe to say that the popularity of Fortnite has paved that road. I don’t see it ending any time soon.
by Sean Johnson