Fortnite beats PUBG to console with their free-to-play Battle Royale mode
The battle royale mode, made famous by Playerunknown’s Battleground, is coming to Fortnite. Already on the console, Fortnite Battle Royale mode will be beating PUBG to the punch since the latter is only for Windows PC. In an announcement yesterday, Epic Games developer revealed that Fortnite’s battle royale mode is going free-to-play. With PUBG announcing its vague release on Xbox One and no news yet for PlayStation 4, console players can finally join in the battle royale fun. Fortnite Battle Royale will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Mac. The official PvP free-to-play launch will be on September 26.
What is Fortnite?
Essentially, Fortnite is a tower defense game. Players are sent into maps to collect materials that they will then later use to build defenses. Typically, a map will usually consist of three significant phase: the gathering, the building and then finally, the defense. Ever since launching their early access on July 25, the game has mainly focused on the PvE side. The PvP mode was added two weeks ago and has been in public test mode for players with early access. Just wait four more days if you haven’t bought the game, the PvP mode will be free-to-play for everyone by then.
100 Players Fortnite Battle Royale Mode
In Fortnite Battle Royale, players will be air-dropping into a large map via an astro-van (it’s basically a mini-van). And just like PUBG, you’ll have to kill each other and the last player standing wins the match. Fortnite, however, is bringing a little twist to the game by adding one of it’s PvE feature – construction. Instead of just shooting your opponents to death, you could try killing them by building a maze of death in which you can fill with traps.
Epic Games also mentioned that they will be adding squad mode to Fortnite Battle Royale on its official launch. In addition, they also pointed out that “we will not sell items that give a competitive advantage. At some point in the future, we will sell other things including cosmetics or compendium-like content.”
What About PvE?
“Save the World” PvE campaign will remain in paid Early Access. There is no confirmed date yet but it will go free-to-play too sometime next year in 2018. Epic Game’s development team assured players who had purchased the Founder’s pack that there’ll be lots of great updates coming. This includes a mode that was previously announced called “Block Party” and a Halloween themed October content.
Important: Purchased the game too early when battle royale mode was announced? You can get a refund if you made your purchase between September 12 and September 19. You can contact the dev team here
How To Play?
On September 26, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can download the game from their respective store. PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold is not required.Windows PC and Mac players will need to download the game via the Epic Games launcher. You can download the launcher here from the website.
Note: If you’re playing from any other region other than NA and EU, make sure to pick either one of those as your country when you sign up for an Epic Games account. Currently, Fortnite only provides NA and EU server. There is no SEA server.