Fortnite, the hugely popular game famed for its’ 100-person Battle Royale mode has gone from strength to strength in recent months. It’s a paid-for game in Early Access, but will be free-to-play at launch. Until that time, here’s everything you need to know about Fortnite, including updates and patch notes, release date, pricing details and platforms.
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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.
What is Fortnite Battle Royale?
So, if Fortnite is an open-world co-op zombie shooter, what is Fornite Battle Royale? It’s a similar concept to Bluehole’s hugely popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, where 100 players go head-to-head in an open world map. You begin with no weapons, armour or other essentials, and have to scavenge to build up an arsenal of weapons to take out those you come across until there is only one person left.
It’s arguably more game-y than the hardcore nature PUBG, but we find it to be more accommodating for new players, and a great game overall.
It’s a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode offers something that PUBG doesn’t – building capabilities. This adds an entirely new dynamic to Fortnite Battle Royale, as you can build makeshift shelters, block doors and generally make it difficult for your enemies to reach you.
The best part? While you have to pay to access the main Fortnite game, anyone can access Fortnite Battle Royale right now, free of charge. You can download it on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Mac – just make an account and you’ll be online in no time.
Interested in how it compares to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds? Take a look at our PUBG vs Fortnite Battle Royale comparison.
Fortnite Updates: What’s new in Fortnite v3.4?
So, what’s new in Fortnite and Fortnite Battle Royale? The Fortnite team pushed the latest update to the game, v.3.4, on 4 April 2018, and it adds some interesting items. But what does it entail?
The focus seems to be very much on Battle Royale in v3.4, as it introduces the Vending Machine and a limited-time High Explosives v2 game mode, while the Save the World campaign only gets access to an Easter Egg Launcher (yawn!). The vending machine, however, could turn the tide of a Battle Royale match.
The vending machines can be located across the map, and provide you with weapons in return for materials. The more materials you have to spare, the better the rarity of the weapon you’ll receive. Each machine offers 3 different deals, and will cycle between them on a short timer (although they can be skipped by hitting the vending machine with your pickaxe).
Common weapons will cost 100 materials, while Uncommon will cost 200, Rare will cost 300, Epic will cost 400 and, last but not least, Legendary weapons will set you back 500 materials.
The other big addition is a new limited-time game mode: High Explosives V2. It’s a game mode where you’ll only find explosive weapons to battle with. Friendly fire is off, and gamers should note that the wait times for the first four storms have been reduced (20s/ 30s/ 30s/ 30s).
The update also introduces First Shot Accuracy. This means that if you haven’t fired your gun recently and you stand still and aim, your first shot will be 100 percent accurate. The other side of this is Damage fall-off, which reduces the effectiveness of weapons including the shotgun depending on the distance bullets have to travel.
There’s a bunch of other bug fixes and tweaks across both game modes, but it’s far too much to mention here. If you’re interested, you can head to the Epic Games website for the full v3.4 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.