by Menka Dimitrovska, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 24th May, 2018
How did Fortnite become such a phenomenon so fast you ask... In today's article I'll focus specifically on that, so follow me as we try to figure out what exactly makes this game so popular.
We all know that Fortnite is the hottest game right now, and a world obsession with over 150 million players worldwide, and a record breaking peak of 3.4 million consecutive players.
How did Fortnite become so popular and what is it that made it the obsession of the year, not just in the video game world, but among the mainstream as well.
Before we have a closer look at some of the things that made Fortnite an overnight sensation, let's first mention a few words about the game, for those of you who are not yet familiar with it.
Fortnite is a survival game developed by Epic Games. It has two modes, Battle Royal, which is a PvP more, and features 100 players fighting for survival, and Save the World, which is a PvE mode, where up to 4 players cooperate on various missions where they need to protect objects and survivors from all kinds of creatures.
Both modes are set in contemporary Earth after a storm has destroyed 98% of the population and the others are left to fight for shelter, weapons and survival, until only one survives.
Both Save the World and Battle Royal have single-player and multiplayer modes, the main difference is that Save the World is not yet free to play, although it should be by the end of this year.
Fortnite was first released in July 2017, as a PvE survival game set in post-apocalyptic Earth. However, later on Epic Games noticed how famous PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (a battle royale game that pits 100 players against each other until one survives) became and decided to make a battle royale mode of Fortnite as well, which soon enough became a standalone game known as: Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Here's where Fortnite started to gain popularity and an edge over its no.1 rival- PUBG.
PUBG is a very popular battle royale survival game that was released last year and managed to sell over 30 million copies so far.
PUBG was inspired by The Hunger Games and by the Japanese movie Battle Royale.
Both PUBG and Fortnite have a similar gameplay. A hundred players parachute on an island where they need to look for weapons, equipment and shelter and try to stay alive as long as possible, and fight against other players until only one survivor remains.
Now that we've covered the similarities between them it's time to have a look at their differences in order to understand how exactly Fortnite overshadowed PUBG and what made the game so wildly popular!
While PUBG has a very serious and realistic stile, Fortnite is fun, animated and has a weird and silly sense of humor. It's very bright, and has tons of silly costumes, suits, and dances to choose from, which makes the game more appealing, especially to children.
The game is not only fun to play, but to watch as well, hence the rise in popularity in some of the major Fortnite streamers on Twitch.
PUBG's map is also much bigger than Fortnite's, which means you might require vehicles to travel from one place to another, which can be a downside, especially if you're unlucky enough to land outside the safe zone.
Fortnite also has construction elements, which allow players to better shield themselves from attacks which is particularly necessary when the map shortens and there's only a small circle of safe space left.
Another plus side of Fortnite is that there are new things added constantly and lately new features have been added much more frequently than in PUBG. PUBG's team of developers has been more focused on banning cheaters from the game, that they haven't had much time to add new features every few weeks, like Fortnite has.
Although both games are hugely popular, with an active playerbase, Fortnite has seen a huge growth and in February it managed to reach 3.4 million concurrent users, surpassing PUBG's record of 3 million.
If you still don't get why Fortnite is so popular, here are a few more key facts about the game that will make it all a bit clearer.
What is it about this game that has brought millions of fans together and has driven it to such heights?
Fortnite is not just the biggest hit of the year, but it's also the first game after Minecraft and WoW, to reach such heights and go be able to go outside the gaming world and reach the mainstream too, and here's why.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to play and available on PC, MacOS, Xbox, PlayStation 4 and iOS, with Android support coming soon as well.
Most of Fortnite's players are below 18 years of age, and the fact that they don't have to pay to play is a huge plus for them.
Battle Royale survival games that pit 100 or so players against each other on an island are a pretty big hit right now.
The scavenging part is also a big part of why people like these types of games. They are left without any weapons, ammo, or medicine and they have to explore the map looking for loot while staying clear of enemies and a constantly shrinking "storm eye" that moves closer and closer.
You need to be smart, fast and resourceful if you want to be the last man standing and that's what makes Fortnite so trilling.
Fortnite's graphics, colorful skins, weapons, accessories and all other elements make it very appealing to younger audiences.
The game is suitable both for youngsters and adults, and is a great game for parents to play with their son or daughter.
Fortnite is a battle royale game with elements from Minecraft, like gathering materials (stone, wood, and metal), and using them to build structures in creative and smart ways in order to shield yourself from your enemies.
In Fortnite you can build stairs that lead up to a hill or a mountain, you can build walls to take cover from a sniper, you can build a fort or any kind of structure from wood, metal or stone.
There are new skins, accessories, weapons, dance moves, map locations and a lot more updates added constantly.
Fortnite developers are constantly working on something new and entertaining for their players and they always care about players' feedback and comments.
They are interactive with fans and responsive to questions and enquiries.
The game in neither hard to learn nor master. The mechanics are pretty simple, so that overtime and with enough practice, anyone can win.
You can watch your favorite streamers on Twitch and YouTube and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the meantime. You can become a streamer yourself, post daily videos and join the extremely active YouTube and Twitch scene where tens of thousands of players post their daily videos and gather millions of views.
There are tons of silly and exhilarating ways in which you could kill another player, that are not really typical for battle royale games.
You are free to drop down on any spot on the map, and do whatever it is you want. You can choose to engage in battle right away, and drop down in a very crowded spot, or choose to hide away to collect loot, and materials and wait until the others get killed, and you're left among the last 10.
It's up to you to decide how you want to organize your gameplay, and what you want to do with your avatar, and that freedom is what's appealing to most.
There's nothing more satisfying than seeing Victory Royale! pop up on your screen, after you've successfully killed the last player or team standing.
The excitement is always present in the game, and it increases as the white circle decreases and the number of survivors drops below 10.