Fortnite, the hugely popular game famed for its' 100-person Battle Royale mode has gone from strength to strength in recent months. Though the game's 'Save the world' campaign is paid, users can access Battle Royale free of charge. Here's everything you need to know about Fortnite, including the latest updates and patch notes, release date, pricing details and platforms.
Fortnite release date, platforms and pricing
While many may assume that Fortnite has already been released, that’s technically not true – not in its final form, anyway. What gamers are playing at the moment is an Early Access game, a game that the developers are still actively working on. This means that there might be bugs and other issues with gameplay at the moment, but these should be ironed out before release. It’s available to download on not only PC but Xbox One, PS4 and Mac too.
Fortnite is pegged for official release in 2018, although Epic Games isn’t being any more specific as to when in 2018 we should expect it. It’s for good reason too – while you have to pay to access the game in early access, it’s actually designed as a free-to-play game, and it will be upon release. So you have a choice: wait until later in 2018 for full release, buy a pack (which we come to next) or simply play Fortnite Battle Royale instead.
If you do want to pay to access the full Fortnite game right now, you can pick up the Standard (£34.99), Deluxe (£49.99), Super Deluxe (£74.99) or Limited Edition (£119.99) of Fortnite right now from the Epic Games website.
Fortnite 4.1 Patch: Thanos comes to play
While Fortnite updates come in all shapes and sizes, we bet you haven't seen one like this before. Fortnite v4.1 introduces a limited-time game mode where gamers will be able to play as Thanos from the Avengers: Infinity War movie.
Before you start questioning how Thanos could appear in the realm of Fortnite, let us remind you that The Mad Titan has the Reality Stone and, thus, can cross between a manner of different realities. Duh.
The Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup starts off like any other game of Fortnite, but in this game mode, the Inifinity Gauntlet will be available to use. After landing, gamers will see a meteor landing somewhere on the map, delivering the Gauntlet. The first player to get his or her hands on the Infinity Gauntlet will transform into Thanos himself, gaining access to new powers and perks.
- Ability 1 - A mighty punch that knocks enemies back and destroys structures.
- Ability 2 - Thanos flies towards the ground, hitting an area for knockback and damage.
- Ability 3 - Harness the energy of the Power stone to fire a blast that deals damage over time.
- Ability 4 - A super-jump that can vault Thanos over all but the largest obstructions.
- Thanos has both shields and health. When he eliminates another player, his shields regenerate. His health never regenerates.
- Thanos doesn't take fall damage.
- Thanos does not build, use weapons or things like launch pads. He has no need for such petty human devices.
There will be other subtle changes when compared to a standard BR game too, including a more deadly storm (up to 10 percent more damage) that'll start to shrink as soon as the game begins, and increased availability of treasure chests and Rare, Epic and Legendary Weapons.
Fortnite Map Updates: The meteor has landed and Season 4 has begun
The meteor that has been hovering in the Fortnite sky for the past few weeks has arrived, and arrived with a bang!
After a campaign of subtle changes to the map as the meteor approached, everything from telescopes appearing on balconies to public service warnings springing up on the local TVs, the space rock has crashed down into the map.
Originally speculated to destroy Tiled Towers, the crash site has destroyed half of Dusty Depot (to create Dusty Divot), and a research base has been setup at the bottom of the sizeable crater to study whatever has arrived.
The new patch also comes with a new Battle Pass that offers cosmetic content to players as they level up through its tiers, and a brand new anti-gravity consumable.
We can also see some additional changes to the map, most notably the appearance of Risky Reels up in the North-East corner. These changes were predicted by a Reddit user down to the detail, whom also said that the map would be constantly evolving throughout Season 4. Their track record has been spot on so far, so we'll see what the future brings.
Epic really is knocking it out of the part with its' evolving content and putting PUBG to shame with its pace and quality.
Your move, Bluehole.
Fortnite Cross-Play: Can Xbox One and PS4 users play together?
Fortnite offers Cross-Play capabilities between not only PC and Xbox One users, but even those on mobile can play with PC, Xbox One and PS4 counterparts. But what about Xbox One and PS4 players, can they play together? They'd be evenly matched of course, compared to the advantage of PC gamers and disadvantage of mobile gamers.
Sadly, it's currently not the case. While users were briefly able to cross-play with Xbox One and PS4 users in 2017, Epic Games confirmed that it was a glitch and not Sony lowering its guards and allowing access. You see, Microsoft is completely on-board for cross-platform play but Sony has rejected the idea for multiple games on many occasions.
According to Tim Sweeney, the head of Epic Games, it's in the industry's best interest to let gamers on different platforms play together, and even went as far as to say that it was "inevitable" that it'll eventually happen. Sweeney spoke at GDC 2018 in March, and claimed that cross-play between PlayStation and Xbox is the "next logical step".
C'mon Sony, let it happen.