FortniteÂ is an onlineÂ video gameÂ first released in 2017 and developed byÂ Epic Games. It is available as separate software packages having different game modes that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine. The game modes includeÂ Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperativeÂ shooter-survival gameÂ for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build, andÂ Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-playÂ battle royale gameÂ where up to 100 players fight in increasingly-smaller spaces to be the last person standing. Both game modes were released in 2017 asÂ early accessÂ titles;Â Save the WorldÂ is available only forÂ Microsoft Windows,Â macOS,Â PlayStation 4, andÂ Xbox One, whileÂ Battle RoyaleÂ has been released for those platforms, as well asÂ Nintendo Switch,Â iOSÂ andÂ AndroidÂ devices. While both games have been successful for Epic Games,Â Fortnite Battle RoyaleÂ became a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year, and earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month, and since has been a cultural phenomenon Currently,Â FortniteÂ is distributed as two different games, though each game uses the same engine and has similar graphics, art assets, and game mechanics.
- Fortnite: Save the WorldÂ is designed as player-versus-environment game, with four players cooperating towards a common objective on various missions. The game is set after a fluke storm appears across Earth, causing 98% of the population to disappear, and the survivors to be attacked by zombie-like "husks". The players take the role of commanders of home base shelters, collecting resources, saving survivors, and defending equipment that help to either collect data on the storm or to push back the storm. From missions, players are awarded a number of in-game items, which include hero characters, weapon and trap schematics, and survivors, all of which can be leveled up through gained experience to improve their attributes.
- Fortnite Battle RoyaleÂ is a player-versus-player battle royale game for up to 100 players, allowing one to play alone, in a duo, or in a squad (Usually consisting of three or four players). (Players airdrop from a "Battle Bus" that crosses the game's map without any weapons. When they land, they must scavenge for weapons, items, and resources, avoiding being killed while attacking other players. Over the course of a round, the safe area of the map shrinks down in size due to an incoming storm; players outside that safe area take damage and can be killed. This forces remaining players into tighter spaces and encourages player encounters. The last player, duo, or squad alive is the winner.