Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’d know just how big battle royale games have become, with none probably bigger than Fortnite Battle Royale from Epic Games.
Fortnite Battle Royale is available across the three major platforms: PC, Xbox One, and the PS4. It’s free-to-play, which is partly the reason why it’s become so popular. In-game, players are in control of 1 of the 100 players playing simultaneously in each game. Players can play solo or group up in squads of up to four.
As is typical of Battle Royale games, in Fortnite Battle Royale, players are thrown onto an island along with 99 others where they have to scavenge for weapons, armor, and other necessary supplies and fight for their lives as the map shrinks to force them to play closer together as time passes by. The last man or squad standing wins and earns a coveted “Royale Victory”.
Epic Games, the same people behind Unreal Engine, has had an active role in the development of Fornite Battle Royale.
Where To Play Fornite Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale is available for free on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Fortnite Battle Royale is also available on mobile devices. The mobile version features the same core gameplay of its console and desktop counterparts, along with cross-platform compatibility. As of the moment, the mobile version of Fortnite Battle Royale is in beta on iOS. There’s no exact decade as to when it will release on Android.
Although Fortnite Battle Royale is free-to-play, you can choose to spend real-life money to buy in-game currency to purchase cosmetic items. However, they have zero impact on the core gameplay and are merely there for show.
Early Access? What’s That?
Early Access is similar to Alpha where the developers are still working out game’s many kinks and features. In the case of Fortnite Battle Royale, Epic Games are still experimenting with in-game features. This can range from new maps, cosmetic items, as well as frequent balancing changes to prepare the game once it is fully released.
Despite its status as an Early Access title, Fornite Battle Royale has encountered very little problems. The servers have been relatively stable since release, while the game performs smoothly across all platforms.
Will Fortnite Battle Royale Be F2P Forever?
Many titles, and not just Battle Royale games, often are released as free-to-play during early access or alpha but are later sold for a premium price once it is released. That doesn’t seem to be the case for Fortnite Battle Royale.
Epic Games has maintained that the game will remain free-to-play even after its full release. The base game, Fortnite Save The World, currently costs $39.99, but it will become free-to-play later this year as well once it leaves Early Access along with Fortnite Battle Royale.
To play the game, Xbox One players will need an Xbox Live Gold account. Meanwhile, a PlayStation Plus account is not necessary for PS4 players. PC gamers
If you’re playing on Xbox One, you will need an Xbox Live Gold account, however, PS4 players won’t need a PlayStation Plus account. For PC gamers, all you need to do is download the game from Epic Games’ website, install, and enjoy.
Fortnite Battle Royale Progression System
Fortnite Battle Royale has a unique progression system available for players that they can look to work to complete as they put in the hours in the game.
For free-to-play players, they have access to the Free Pass. This is a tiered system that allows players to unlock freebies. This can range from anything like account icons and even skins. Unlike the paid premium version, however, rewards are not given as often as Free Pass players.
On the other hand, Battle Pass is a premium version of the progression system that costs $9.50 or 950 V-Bucks and grants access to a different tiered system for an entire season, which lasts two to three months. The paid version has far more rewards, the majority of which are cosmetics and experience boosters so you can rank up much faster with each game played.
The core gameplay of Fortnite Battle Royale remains the same regardless of whether you have access to the Free Pass or the Battle Pass.
What’s New in Fortnite Battle Royale?
The May 1 update came with a wide number of updates to the game. The most notable of which is that the comet, which inched closer and closer as Season 3 went by, has now finally landed, bringing significant changes to how games will be played for the next couple of months.
Popular areas have been changed, while new crater sites were added to the game where you can find consumable glowing rocks that alter the player’s gravity.
Just when you thought that Season 3 was crazy, Season 4 is about to take things up a notch.
Update 4.0 also brought with it a number of bug fixes, balance tweaks, and updates to the UI.
You’ll want to head on over to official patch notes for a complete list of changes to the game, but here are the highlights:
- You can now destroy structures on the starting island save for the Battle Bus
- Headshots will receive priority if in case other body parts are in the way unless shot from below
- Damage numbers are now available for spectators
- You can now mark your favourites in the Locker. There’s also a “random” option in case you want to wear a different cosmetic every game.
- You can now add more than six items to the Emote wheel
- Auto run now has an icon
- 4:30 aspect ratio is now available
- The crossbow has been temporarily removed from the game
- When playing Fornite mobile, you can hold the direction you want to go to to auto run. Also recently added were “repair building” and “cycle weapon” buttons
Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4 Battle Pass
Along with Update 4.0, Epic Games also implemented the Season 4 Battle Pass.
So far, each season has followed a certain theme. Season 2 featured Medieval-themed skins and cosmetics, while Season 3 had retro-futuristic-styled goodies that could easily be mistaken for 70s or 80s apparel. For Season 4, the theme of choice is superheroes.
As soon as you get a Season 4 Battle Pass, you’ll receive the following bonuses:
- Carbide and Battlehawk outfits
- 50% personal match XP boost
- 10% friend match XP boost
- Access to Weekly, Blockbuster, and Carbide Challenges
These challenges are exlusive to battle pass holders and are changed every week. This can range from performing menial activities or finding hidden objects scattered all over the map. Completing them is optional. Although you’ll still want to do so since it helps you rank up your Battle Pass much faster.
In summary, you’ll get the following rewards all throughout Season 4:
- 1300 V-Bucks
- 20 Sprays
- Five (5) outfits
- Five (5) Skyriding Trails
- Five (5) emotes
- Four (4) pickaxes
- Three (3) gliders
- Two (2) back blings
Available for 950 V-Bucks, the Fortnite Battle Royale Season 4 Battle Pass was officially added to the game on Tuesday, May 1st and is expected to end on July 9th. This means you’ll have at least three months to max out the battle pass and earn all of the rewards.