Last summer Epic Games launched the title Fortnite with a free-to-play game mode called Fortnite: Battle Royale. In Fortnite: Battle Royale, players are dropped onto a map where they fight for survival. The last team standing wins. Many compare the third person battle royal style to games like PlayersUnknown’s Battlegrounds and H1Z1.
(Graphic of the new Fortnite city added in the most recent update (from Twinfinite)
Fortnite however, has provided great competition to both of those successful titles. As of January, more than 40 million people have downloaded the game. This is up 10 million from December. These numbers are remarkable because few games come close to reaching 40 million downloads. Fortnite achieved those numbers in 6 months from its release.
Part of the game’s great success are the constant updates that are being applied. Players are continuously seeing new weapons, gameplay features, and bug fixes added to the game. Eric Williamson, lead systems designer on Fortnite: Battle Royale, says the team is using a new development feature called “level streaming,” which allows them to add more content with ease, including map changes, player skins, and gameplay tweaks. It’s a system that allows Epic to continue altering the game.
A lot of games apply updates but they often fail to attend to player requests. Fortnite has developed a reciprocal relationship where they respond to player wish lists. Epic Games staff is often seen on social media talking to players about what needs to be improved.
Speaking of updates, this week Fortnite received one of its biggest updates thus far. New points of interest were added to the beloved map, including a giant city unlike any other place on the map. The update has fans excited with anticipation, and suggests that the game’s growth will not slow down anytime soon.
According to The Esports Observer, in the first week of January, Fortnite ranked third among all games on the popular streaming platform Twitch. In one week the game had 6.9 million hours watched, ranking behind only PUBG and League of Legends. This is the fourth week the game has earned a spot in the Twitch top five and the numbers continue to rise each week.
Gamers can expect Fortnite to be a mainstay in the community for a long time to come. It has a growing popularity unlike any other game on the market, not to mention it is free to download.