Fortnite is an online multiplayer video game originally revealed in 2012, developed by Epic Games and released as different game modes that share the same gameplay and graphics engine game. Game modes include Fortnite: Save the World, a survival pay-to-play cooperative game for up to four players, who must fight zombie shells and defend objects with fortifications they can build, and Fortnite Battle Royale, a game free-to-play of the battle royale genre, where up to 100 players fight in smaller and smaller spaces to be the last person or winning team. Both game modes were released in 2017 as early access titles; Save the World is only available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Battle Royale was released for those same platforms, including nintendo switch and iOS and Android devices.
Although both games have been successful for Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale has become a resounding success, attracting more than 125 million players in less than a year and earning hundreds of millions of dollars a month, and since then has been a cu phenomenon Ltural.
Fortnite was first unveiled in 2011 at the Spike Video Game Awards, with epic’s former design director Cliff Bleszinski presenting a trailer for the game. Donald Mustard, epic’s creative leader, said in 2017 that this announcement was “three weeks after the idea came up before it even made the game”. The game, which began as an internal game jam project, represents a departure from the company’s previous work. As Bleszinski explained during spike’s event, Epic wanted to “change things a little bit and do something different and fun” with Fortnite, describing how “a world where you explore, you destroy, you build and ultimately you survive”. In an interview with Engadget, he also made mention of these statements, claiming that the game would be different from the Gears of War series : “There are no dudebros in it … It’s not like there’s something wrong with that, right? But creatively for the team, Gears has been amazing to us. But it’s fun to open our wings and do something that’s a little different from the usual.”.