Ask any gamer, casual or otherwise, and they'll tell you that the hottest thing in video games at the moment is Fortnite. The co-op sandbox survival game was only made completely free this year, but it has ballooned in popularity, garnering over 3 million players and, as an added bonus, been inducted as an Internet meme. The game also broke a record on YouTube recently, according to Ryan Wyatt, the team leader of augmented and virtual reality products at YouTube.
"How big is @FortniteGame on YouTube?" he wrote in a Twitter post (below). "Fortnite holds the record for the most videos related to a video game uploaded in a single month EVER. Yesterday, the Battle Royale tournament had over 42M live views, and set a record for biggest single live gaming stream @ 1.1M concurrent."
Available on Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and iOS, Fortnite Battle Royale is an every-man-for-himself fight set within the game's universe. The last person left standing is the winner, but it's okay if you're just starting out. If you die in one game, you can immediately join another one. There are plans for the game to drop on Android soon.
Created by Epic Games and People Can Fly, Fortnite is set on an alternate version of Earth where a worldwide storm causes nearly all of the planet's population to vanish. To make matters worse, zombie-esque creatures have appeared to attack the humans who haven't disappeared. Epic has described the game as a mix of Minecraft and Left 4 Dead as it allows players to work together to fight enemies, erect fortifications, and build weapons.
The better you play, the more rewards you get, allowing you to improve your character, fighting skills, and weapons. Once you get good enough, you can take on harder and more dangerous missions. You can also improve gameplay via microtransactions, which means you pay actual money to upgrade yourself in the virtual world. Microtransactions were a point of contention over at EA when they released Star Wars Battlefront II, but they seem to be working just fine for Fortnite, which shows no signs of slowing down soon.
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