Fortnite has been around for longer than some think, in fact. Most young gamers will probably be surprised to hear that developer Epic first launched the game in July 2017. As a PvE game with Minecraft-like building elements. But with little success, which prompted Epic to take advantage of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds resounding success.And the launch of Fortnite: Battle Royale that changed the team’s future 180 degrees despite being in the gaming industry for decades.
Since then, it has become one of the biggest and most successful games in the world. And now we look at how the Epic team managed to turn that humble beginning into one of the most famous and successful titles that wrote its name in golden letters in the history of the industry.
Available to try for free
It is no secret that the prices of video games are high. Especially the current generation games that are issued at a price of $70 instead of the old price of $60 that has lasted for more than 15 years. So not everyone can buy a game at this price every month. Far from the highest-income countries, even if This option was available. Who doesn’t love free stuff?
When buying a new game, there is always some kind of risk. Either you like it and keep playing it for long periods of time. Or you get frustrated and bored and find yourself spending the following months regretting the money you spent, fortunately. Free games provide the opportunity for millions of players to easily access them It has also recently proven that it can generate more profits than AAA titles that have huge production budgets. And perhaps Ubisoft’s recent decision to focus on this type of game is a testament to the successes of Fortnite, Warzone, and others.
Do not force players to spend real money
Yes, Fortnite makes huge profits from accessories, outfits. And models inspired by the most famous game and movie characters. But in return it provides fair competition for everyone. In other words, it is not a Pay to Win game.
Want an example of games that have fallen into this trap blatantly. Here’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which has suffered countless criticism. Not because it’s a poor video game or has outright technical glitches, but because it provided a horribly designed progression system. Although in-game loot chests now only provide cosmetic upgrades. Initially relying on those chests for better gear and tools damaged the game. Developer, and publisher irreparably.
Fortunately, Epic didn’t make the same mistake and was able to provide a fair free game for everyone. But it made huge profits with a clever marketing strategy and endless publicity that made Fortnite one of the most popular titles on the scene in no time.
You can buy V-Bucks in Fortnite, and you can upgrade your characters cosmetically. But you can’t buy a competitive advantage that gives you an edge against another player.
Available on all devices
Fortnite achieved a resounding success on the main devices shortly after the availability of the Battle Royale competitions. But reached the top after its availability on Android and iOS phones. commercial, but rather because it provides an easy and smooth experience on mobile devices without problems.
Most important is Epic’s interest in cross-play. The studio was one of the first developers to allow players to fight against each other regardless of the platform they play on. You may not see the importance of this decision at the moment with most of the collective titles supporting that feature. But when it was available in Fortnite for the first time. This add-on was not as popular as it is currently.
Battle Royale mania and the reason… Fortnite
Fortnite is not credited with introducing the battle royale competitions. But rather to the game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds known as PUBG. Which redefined the games of this genre in a smooth and simple despite its appearance years earlier in other titles.
But in contrast, PUBG did not have the same flexibility and accessibility at its launch as it did with Fortnite. I do not mean here the game Fortnite that appeared first in 2017 and relied on the PvE phase. But I mean the free battle royale competitions.
Epic took advantage of the battle royale mania that invaded the gaming industry and developed a game that suits everyone, and most importantly. Its free availability on all platforms, while PUBG was exclusive to the computer and had to be purchased first. Once again, the elaborate marketing and planning strategy takes precedence. Even if it is at the expense of the creator himself.
Suitable for all ages
how old are you? 10? 15th? 25? 50? With Fortnite, it doesn’t matter. Its cartoonish art style is more suitable for younger players, and the fact that the game isn’t rudely violent means kids are allowed to experience it without restrictions, but regardless of the visuals, Fortnite is a game that adults of all ages can play.
The gameplay is a mixture of Grand Theft Auto, Minecraft and PUBG, not only that, but the idea of battle royale in itself is exciting, to stand alone in front of everyone, to be the last man alive is a topic of interest both young and old as long as the competition fair.
Unprecedented media coverage
I previously mentioned in the previous paragraphs the role of marketing and advertising strategy in what Fortnite has reached today. The media has been dealing with video games and their various topics for decades, but things have changed dramatically in the past ten years.
It’s true that games like Night Trap and Mortal Kombat made headlines upon their release. But media coverage of video games has been at an all-time high since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, its ad campaign that cost Activision more than $500 million in coffers, and No Russian’s mission without a doubt.
Instead of useless publicity, Epic has taken a different path that interests those interested in trying out video games more than anyone else. A few years ago, Drake and Ninja broadcasts set records on Twitch with 600,000 simultaneous viewers, and Fortnite is one of the top three games. Watched on Twitch.
Add to this the celebrities who talk about the experience of the game, and its offers spread widely on social networks, and constantly highlighting it in newsletters, whether positively or negatively, all of this prompted some to try the game even if out of curiosity, before most of them turned into permanent players.
Continuous updates and the use of the most prominent virtual characters
In order for the game to maintain its momentum, it needs to get constant updates, we see this clearly in the Overwatch characters, new game modes from Call of Duty, PUBG maps, Rainbow Six Siege clients, and of course, the Fortnite seasons that offer very interesting changes and events.
This means that players who didn’t pay a penny for the game in the first place receive updates to improve performance and keep the title interesting, as well as take advantage of major cinematic and game industry events by making Marvel heroes and virtual characters beloved by millions of people around the world. From the game industry such as Kratos, Lara Croft and many more.
All this plus in-game concerts, eye-catching events, and new weapons and gadgets always provide something different to enjoy.
The advantage of construction and its positive impact on the style of play
The ability to build in Fortnite is a major reason for the game’s success, it’s the biggest difference between PUBG and Fortnite, although Epic has received a lot of criticism for “copying” many advantages of PUBG, but the building mechanics offer a vastly different gameplay. Players who like to be more creative with how to win tend to get into Fortnite because of this.
The construction provides variety. Players can win by placing traps in the buildings they have built to look like fortresses. They can use wood, brick or metal as defense when they are in trouble. There is even a technique of building throughout the match until only one opponent is left.
We have learned over the past years that the absence of competition means that players do not get the best in light of the laxness of the dominant side, and therefore, the competition of PUBG and Fortnite is in the interest of the players, as each game tries to provide the best and provide unusual competitions to ensure the acquisition of the largest audience.
In the absence of one of the parties, the other party would not have achieved this same success and popularity, and there is no doubt that the success of Fortnite, which some consider copied from PUBG, helped the latter to return to the scene with strength and greater changes that contributed to its spread more widely, such as the version of smartphones that became popular in over the past few years, and therefore, the competition is in the interest of all players without exception.
These are the most prominent points that I think helped in the success of Fortnite and its continuation on top all that time, bearing in mind that I do not prefer Fortnite and did not like the battle royale games in general except for Apex Legends, but it is necessary to give everyone his right.
New graphical updates coming to Fortnite with the launch of Season 7
Many Fortnite fans are waiting for the new update for the launch of Season 7 of Chapter Two, as the update comes with new gameplay content related to aliens.
It is clear that fans of the game Fortnite on a date with a push forward in the graphics of the game, as Epic Games announced that the new update is coming with graphic improvements that give a boost to the game in this regard.
According to the company’s statements, the new improvements add additional graphic effects that appear when using the highest graphic settings within the game “Epic Setting”, and these improvements are clearly visible on the appearances of explosions, clouds and smoke.
Of course, such updates will raise the resources needed by the game to become the best requirements as follows:
- Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, or equivalent GPU
- 4 GB VRAM or higher
- Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x, or equivalent
- 16 GB RAM or higher
- NVMe Solid State Drive
- Windows 10 64-bit
The recommended operating requirements for the graphics processor have also been raised, so that the game needs an Nvidia GTX 960 or AMD R9 280 graphics processor, or any other similar graphic processor in terms of performance and supports DX11, as well as the RAM requirements will be raised to 8 GB, but as for the minimum operating requirements, no change will occur.
It is worth noting that Epic Games announced at a later time that it will transfer the game development process to the Unreal 5 engine in 2022, and of course this may move the graphic game experience a qualitative leap.