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Massively popular, free online battle game

Fortnite is the massively successful, free-to-play online battle game developed by Epic Games. The multiplayer game was launched in 2017 and since become the biggest game of its kind in the world. You can test your fighting skills in three distinct-yet-connected game mode versions, with the most popular being a free-to-play battle royale game. Square up against your friends and other players online and battle to dominate in this epic survival game!

Is Fortnite free?

Fortnite is free to download on a variety of platforms and systems, including Microsoft PC, Playstation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and macOS, as well as mobile devices like Android and iOS.

Fortnite has three game modes: the paid-for Save the World where teams of up to four players fight off zombie-like creatures and complete various missions; Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game in which up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing; and Creative, a free sandbox experience where players can create their own worlds, platformer challenges, and battle arenas.

To download Fortnite, you'll need to create an account and download the Epic Games launcher. With your account and the launcher, you'll have access to all of the games available from Epic Games. To get Fortnite, you just simply search for it and click 'Get' to start the installation process. Once installed, you can access the game anytime from the Library menu.

While the Save the World and Creative modes have been successful, Fortnite Battle Royale, in particular, has become a cultural phenomenon. It currently has upwards of 350 million players worldwide. It is by far the most popular game mode and what most people will be referring to when they say they play Fortnite.

Is Fortnite a battle royale?

The most popular game version in Fortnite is Battle Royale, a colorful third-person action shooter that pits you against up to 99 other players on an ever-shrinking map. You must use your combat skills to be the last player standing.

In this mode, you can get going straight away with your battle, completely free of charge. Various paid-for packages, however, can enhance your enjoyment of the game, including giving you access to more cosmetic items for your character from the Fortnite item shop.

Battle Royale is divided into “seasons” that last for a finite period. Each season introduces a new theme, along with a new chapter in the game's storyline. They also bring new content, including exclusive skins (essentially the outfit your player character wears) and new gameplay elements.

For those who have played Fortnite before, each new chapter puts your old skills to the test with upgraded locations, obstacles, and dimensions. For newbies, meanwhile, Battle Royale is a fast-paced feast for the senses. Be warned, however: there is a steep learning curve and you'll find yourself being killed over and over again at the beginning.

If you're looking for alternative online multiplayer battle royale games to Fortnite, you might want to try Apex Legends, Free Fire (Gameloop), PUBG Mobile, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, and Call of Duty: Warzone.

A sophisticated and original battle royale

The concept of the Battle Royale is similar to other games in the genre: up to 100 players skydive onto an island (dropping from floating Battle Buses) and hunt for equipment with which to defend themselves from other players. Supply drops will generate in unanticipated locations, providing random weapons and items.

You can fight alone or in a squad of two to four players. As the battle develops, the playable area within the island gradually gets smaller, forcing surviving players into tighter spaces and increasing player encounters. This adds an urgent, exciting atmosphere to the combat. You just can't avoid fighting!

What sets Fortnite's Battle Royale apart from other similar games is its construction elements, which let players build walls, obstacles, and other structures from almost anything. You can even take cover from incoming fire or gain a strategic view advantage. Finally, players can hide in haystacks and dumpsters, jumping out for sneak attacks or quick evasion.

Is Fortnite good for kids?

Fortnite is rated T (for Teen) by the US-based Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), recommended for children 13 years or older. However, that doesn't mean that Fortnite is necessarily good for kids. Caution should always be taken, especially with regards to the length of time youngsters spend in front of the computer.

Fortnite is, in its essence, violent. It is a battle to the death, after all. However, the violence depicted is not gory but cartoon-like, with lots of shooting and noise. In terms of vulgarity, Fortnite is only as safe as the players you find yourself combating. Many parents, therefore, choose not to let their children play with voice chat enabled to limit young player's exposure to swearing or insults from other players.

Another detail to consider is that in-game purchases can add up quickly. Young players may not be able to resist spending their parents' money on new skins and dances! Most game platforms let you block in-app purchases via parental controls, so you don't receive any large, unexpected bills.

What time is Chapter 2 Season 7?

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 returns with an extraterrestrial bang as the alien themes for the narrative and the map amps up even further. Numerous skins, weapons, and other cash shop goodies will be added to the roster to liven things up for this season. Additionally, there are various crossovers and shoutouts that will be introduced here—either via the new Battle Pass or this season’s storyline.

The biggest update, however, is the return of the seasonal online competitions. Season 7 will feature the FNCS All-Star Showdown, Champion League, Arena, FNCS Qualifier, Reboot Rounds, and more. The season itself officially begins on June 8 but the All-Star Showdown will begin on June 23. Afterward, there will be a two-week break from June 28 to July 11 on all competitions before the Season 7 FNCS Qualifier finally kicks off. 

A lot of previous formats have been retained for this update. FNCS will be played in Trios again and the Reboot Rounds will be kept at competition stages with 3 or more matches. The normal weekly competitive weekly offerings of Cash Cups return, as well—with the addition of the seasonal Console Cup for console players. The Friday Nite Bragging Rights event has been discontinued, however, and will be temporarily replaced with additional tournaments on Friday.

Join the phenomenon

Simply put, Fortnite is a worldwide cultural phenomenon, beloved by its legions of fans. Ultimately, Fornite is an online battle game that some players are going to enjoy, while others won't understand all the fuss.

It takes dedication to get good at Fortnite Battle Royale. New players might find the steep learning curve, mind-blogging array of challenges and ever-developing features tough to handle at first. Seasoned battle game players, however, will likely thrive in this fast-paced world where only the best survive. There's only one way to know which camp you'll fall under: download Fornite and put your skills to the test.

PROS

  • Free
  • No ads
  • Supported on multiple platforms
  • Various game modes
  • Constantly evolving features and challenges
  • Impressive graphics
  • Access to a massive online and offline community
  • Huge amount of online support content
  • In-game purchases to customize experience

CONS

  • Steep learning curve for newbies
  • In-game purchases can add up
  • Caution needed when allowing children to play
  • Can get addictive

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