It’s debatable whether or not Fortnite is the first battle royale game. What’s uncontested is the fact that it’s the best battle royale game in existence—at least so far. The release of Epic Games’ sensational title not only reshaped what video games are supposed to be; it also gave birth to the surging esports and streaming phenomenon. While Fortnite was first announced in 2011, it wasn’t until 2017 that it first went public.
The success that Epic Games has gained with their prized release wasn’t, by any means, easy to come by though. In fact, not many gamers paid attention to the soon-to-be hit at first! But with a few tweaks, added modes, and a Fortnite item shop that re-engineered the way how microtransactions should be handled, Fortnite steadily gained popularity and soon amassed millions of fans around the world.
We’ll be taking a look at why Fortnite is arguably the best battle royale game ever made. If the game piqued your interest, then read on!
Fortnite started out as a retail product and it wasn’t until the battle royale mode was added that Epic Games declared that the game was going to be free-to-play. Fortnite retailed for $40 and only had the “Save the World” mode that didn’t exactly hook the players’ interest. Not to mention that they had microtransactions stuffed to the gills which turned the players off even more. Back then, Fortnite looked like the games that would quickly be forgotten after a short burst of hype. Games are a dime a dozen after all and it’s easy to get lost within a sea of games that get released on a daily basis.
It wasn’t until PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a battle royale game made by Korean developer Bluehole, when Epic Games tried to come up with its own version of the genre. These two games duked it out for the top spot of the genre. Whereas PUBG was a game that featured realistic graphics that seemed militaristic, Fortnite was more light-hearted, silly, and had cartoon-ey graphics. Thus, the “Save the World” mode was no longer in the spotlight, and Fortnite’s battle royale mode took on the reigns to become the game that would become a must-play for kids as well as the kids at heart.
Fortnite’s Advertising is On Point
To further make an impact on the genre, Fortnite made some keen advertising moves that were some of the best that any gaming company has made. A great example would be when they made a John Wick skin and even had the hitman’s home in Paradise Palms back in Season 9. This move promoted the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Did we mention that Thanos was made part of the game for a short period of time as well thanks to the Avengers Endgame movie? And who could forget when Marshmello hosted an in-game concert where almost 11 million players attended? Needless to say, the advertising campaign for Fortnite is one of the best that we’ve seen so far from developers.
There’s Always Something New
The great thing about Fortnite is they always try to stay relevant. Patches and updates are normal for online games to have, but Epic Games decided to step up even further by providing weekly updates. While it can be a hassle for the players since they always have to update their game in Epic’s client, the unpredictability of what Epic brings in to the table routinely shakes up the gameplay. In some weeks, there’ll just be a new item or two that’ll be added, but there will also be some cases wherein an entire area could be added while another would be altogether removed. Besides the new skins that they consistently churn out, the lengths that Epic Games has gone through for Fortnite shows how dedicated they are to their craft—and the fans reciprocate with their loyalty.
And those are the reasons why we think that Fortnite is the best battle royale game to date! While it’s true that there are also contenders like PUBG and Apex Legends, Fortnite is the game we argue that everyone knows about. Apart from the tons of skins that the Fortnite item shop brings in, there’s a lot to like about the game! What about you? Do you consider Fortnite to be the best of its genre? Let us know your opinion by leaving a comment!