Epic Games’ latest release, Fortnite Battle Royale, is releasing for free on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac tomorrow!
Fortnite went into early access a couple of months back but was available to purchase for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac, despite it not being a finished game. This by itself isn’t particularly unheard of as early access titles are for sale on most platforms these days, however, its packaging and release strategy didn’t particularly allude to this. Once people realised the game was indeed in early access and would release fully next year for free it warded off quite a few potential buyers and irked those that had already purchased it. This misinformation sparked slightly heated debates upon its release but away from the fallout was a fairly decent game that mixes base-building gameplay with horde like modes seen in the Gears of War titles.
The latest Fortnite title is a different kettle of fish but like it’s PvE counterpart it too has been met with controversy albeit for different reasons. It’s basically PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds in a cartoon wrapper.
Whilst PUBG can’t lay claim to the idea of Battle Royale it is the first of its ilk to garner ridiculous success from the concept. In PUBG players go 1 on 1 against 99 combatants in a giant map that ever-decreases in size as time goes on. In FBR players go 1 on 1 against 99 combatants in a giant map that ever-decreases in size as time goes on. Okay, that’s fairly similar. The likeness of both games is also made a little more sour as PUBG is created in Unreal Engine 4 which was created by the very same Epic Games that are due to release Fortnite.
Whether Fortnite Battle Royale is a blatant clone of PUBG or merely an inevitable adaptation of Battle Royale is certainly one for debate but taken by its own merit FBR does look very interesting.
Fortinite Battle Royale features the base building mechanics from the base game allowing players to hunker in for the fight. As mentioned previously, the game is completely free but optional in-game purchases will be available further down the line. It’s also been stressed that these purchases will not give advantages in the game and instead will be purely cosmetic. The game will also feature squad play when it releases tomorrow, something that wasn’t present in the closed beta, although it’s not sure whether this will be teams of 2 or 4 but assume the latter.
Fortnite Battle Royale will release as a standalone title that does not require the base game to play and you’ll be able to download the game on September 26th for Xbox One, PS4, PC or Mac.
*depending when you read this (it’s out on September 26th)