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 Map Updates: Is a meteorite about to hit Tilted Towers?
One of the biggest discussions amongst Fortnite gamers at the moment is about the appearance of a huge meteorite in the sky above Fortnite's Battle Royale map. Along with the appearance of the meteorite, which has been getting closer and larger over the past few weeks, telescopes have appeared in-game. The telescopes appear to be angled directly at the meteor, hinting that players should take note at its appearance.
While nothing official has been announced about the meteorite, fan blog Fortnite Intel claims that the shower of stars will hit and obliterate Tilted Towers, one of the most populated areas of the Fortnite Battle Royale map. Oddly, it also notes that if you aim at the comet, you'll hear a strange sound.
Many fans believe that the meteorite will act as the season three finale, which is due to end on 30 April 2018.
It makes sense for Epic to nuke Tilted Towers, as it's said that the area is detested by both Epic and Fortnite players. Writing on the Fortnite forum, user ChlorophyteFTW says: "Firstly, most of us hate it! It removes the flow of the game, it is the location in the centre, so the storm will mostly be near it, which means Tilted Towers gets loads of people."
"Nowadays nobody lands near to Greasy Grove, Lucky Landing, Haunted Hills, and the original Wailing Woods and Lonely Lodge; Tilted Towers is why. And Epic Games hate it as well."
Whatever it is, it looks like it'll be happening sooner rather than later.
Fortnite Updates: What’s new in Fortnite v3.5?
So, what’s new in Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale? The Fortnite team pushed the latest update to the game, v.3.5, on 11 April 2018, and it adds some interesting items. But what does it entail?
One of the biggest new features is the introduction of the Replay System. Much like PUBG's replay system, you're provided with a suite of cinematic settings that you can use to capture and share your most memorable in-game moments, from epic kills to the fastest speed-builds and craziest victory royale kills.
Another new feature to Battle Royale is the Port-a-Fort which, as the name suggests, is a portable fort. It's a godsend for those that are hopeless at building in Fortnite, especially against skilled builders that can build a trap tower in a matter of seconds. Now, if you're pinned down, you can quickly erect a fort and have a chance to defend yourself. You can check it out in this cinematic below:
You'll also notice the return of the popular 50v50 limited-time game mode, and hopefully a bump in performance as major optimisations for both console and PC gamers.
There's a bunch of other bug fixes and tweaks across both Battle Royale and Save The World, but it's far too much to mention here. If you're interested, you can head to the Epic Games website for the full v3.5 patch notes.
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.