Fortnite is the battle-royale PC game to beat right now. In fact, Epic Games confirmed earlier in 2018 that Fortnite hosted 3.4 million concurrent players in one record-breaking session. This notably beats Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) highest-ever player count recorded on Steam, which topped out at an impressive 3.2 million players. Fortnite currently has a lot going for it, including approachable gameplay modes, bright and zany graphics, and an excellent construction system. Iffy combat and the presence of microtransactions detracts from the experience, but, as it is a free-to-play game, fans of the genre should still give it a shot.
Pricing and Platforms
Fortnite actually has two main gameplay elements: a player vs. environment (PvE) setup called Save the World and the mode I reviewed, which comprises the meat of the game: Battle Royale. The Save the World mode is currently expensive, but it will go free-to-play sometime in 2018, according to Epic Games. For now, you can choose between purchasing the Standard Edition ($39.99), the Deluxe Edition ($59.99), the Super Deluxe version ($89.99), and the Limited Edition ($149.99).
The basic premise is the same with each version: You lead a group of defenders against groups of oncoming Husks (zombies). It’s a similar concept to what you might see in some parts of Metal Gear Survive, though I imagine it improves upon the concept. The versions differ in what characters and gear you have at your disposal.