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Fortnite: General overview - The basics of the game

Fortnite: General overview - The basics of the game

Fortnite: General overview - The basics of the game

General overview

Before we head into the real meat of our Battle Royale guide, it's probably worth providing an overview of how the game actually works, and what its win-conditions are. If this is all a bit old-hat to you - and you're just after our main guide, skip to the next section. If you want to know what all the fuss is about though, here's the lowdown:
  • Battle Royale is a new game mode built on the core foundations of Fortnite, a co-op survival sandbox game from Epic.
  • It is being provided as a standalone, free to play game. Anyone who purchased the game in its original, pre-release form will be refunded.
  • Although it's entirely free to play, you can also choose to purchase premium editions of the game which grant you exclusive cosmetic items, EXP boosters and the like.
  • Battle Royale 100 players into a single map, and the challenge is to survive long enough to emerge as the last-man-standing.
  • Currently there is only one map, but Epic hasn't ruled out that another may be on the way in the future.
  • You can play solo, duo or in a squad with up to 3 other friends.
  • Players begin with nothing, and everyone starts off in a flying bus that travels across a map. You choose when to parachute out, and once you've landed your immediate objective is to start looting materials, weapons, ammunition and shields in the game world. (Eliminating enemy players and pinching their stuff having done so is another great way of gearing up!)
  • There is a crafting component, which allows players to use their gathered resources in order to build defensive structures, or stairs to traverse steep surfaces. Certain materials are stronger, however, and so provide better protection than others.
  • To prevent players from simply hiding away somewhere nice and obscure and dodging combat altogether, a mechanic called The Storm Eye shrinks the circular playable area over time. Players who do not move into the new playable zone will take damage and quickly die. The idea is that, over time, the remaining playerbase gets pushed into an increasingly claustrophobic play space.
  • Unlike PUBG, Fortnite doesn't feature any vehicles.
  • Epic regularly features Limited-Time Game modes that mix up the traditional Battle Royale formula.
  • Every week the game is updated with Weekly Challenges that players can complete to earn in-game cosmetic rewards.
  • There's an Item Shop where players can purchase new Pickaxes, Outfits and more.

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