By now you’ve probably heard the name Fortnite floating around since the Video Game Awards in 2011. It’s a game that has been hidden behind a veil of obscurity that hasn’t been pierced until developer and publisher Epic Games has finally lifted away from the game. A veil that was needed to be lifted and one that has left fans of building games reeling with excitement due to its unique approach to cooperative survival building games.
Nearly six years later we’re finally getting ready to get our hands on Fortnite when it lands on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 starting July 25th, 2017. For those interested, Epic Games has announced that it will be getting a paid Early Access release. This doesn’t change from the approach they used to bring their smash-hit MOBA Paragon to life last year. With six years under the developmental belt, Fornite seeks to join Minecraft in the building genre where fans will take on wave based zombie-hordes in this shooting title.
Because each level is played out across three different rounds, you will find yourself exploring, gathering materials, and even building your fort when zombies aren’t attacking. However, that’s not always the case since zombies can barge in through your defenses if they aren’t maintained. This is where building on the fly comes into play as you will find yourself building safety areas around you.
Because the game is four person co-op, you’ll be unlocking rewards just as you would in games such as Paragon. However, unlike Paragon, you will find that Fortnite is steadily growing as a game that encourages players to play the title. Luckily, these rewards aren’t in a pay-to-win fashion, just like Paragon. This allows players to enjoy the game without having to drop a dime if they prefer not to. Except there are players that will as these small expenditures will allow those that spend the money to unlock new rewards and heroes even faster than just standard play.
Much as you will expect from any co-op game, Fortnite will be taking a familiar approach by creating characters with different builds, abilities, weapons, and even skill trees (that are gigantic). These small touches allow the game to become even more unique since each map is procedurally generated as you play, meaning no-one-map will ever be the same. Each map will offer entirely new experiences for players as they attempt to fight back the zombie hordes for victory. A victory some may not see till 2018 unless you drop into the paid Early Access that drops on July 25th, 2017. Prices will range from $39.99 USD to $149.99 USD.
Stay tuned for our upcoming impressions and previews of the title over the course of the games life. So be sure to keep tuned into the Fortnite Website, us here at Blast Away the Game Review, and our YouTube channel.
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