Early-access game Fortnite’s popularity appears to be confirmed as developer Epic Games tweeted that over 7 million people have played the game so far.
Thanks to over 7 million of you who have played Fortnite! We want to keep the Battle Bus flying, so Duos and Supply Drops are available NOW. pic.twitter.com/sRx767u4aG
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 4, 2017
The figure of 7 million may include both paid single player mode (Save the World PvE) and the free-to-play Battle Royale mode which launched last month. The Battle Royale mode has proven to be highly entertaining, with the Last Life Club peeps getting on for several sessions over the past week.
From picking your initial location on the map alongside several squad mates (and then accidentally jumping out 2 miles early) through to building rickety wooden ramps into the sky to hide from everyone, the Battle Royale mode has plenty of variety and fun on offer within its simple game mode.
Changes to Battle Royale
Along with the player count comes changes to the Battle Royale have been announced which you can try right now, including Duos (two-person squads rather than four), and Supply Drops (random goodies fall from the sky and draw lots of attention).
Duos initially appeared to be part of last week’s patch, which some fans discussed angrily on the Epic forums, however these were moved into this week’s patch alongside announced along with potential balances to weapon accuracy over different ranges.
The PUBG Controversy
All of the success comes under a cloud of controversy surrounding the relationship between Epic Games and Bluehole, Inc. who worked with Epic when developing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The Vice President of Bluehole recently launched a tirade of anger against Epic for “replicating the experience for which PUBG is known” (i.e. copying their totally non-copyrighted gameplay) with the 100-players scavenging around a shrinking map gameplay.
The Bluehole VP appears to leave the door open for legal action, which may have some merit given Bluehole collaborated with Epic so that PUBG could be developed in the Unreal Engine (owned by Epic). However, any claims that the actual genre is “owned” by PUBG is ridiculous – they have found a good formula which has grown out of dozens of other successful online games.
This all comes shortly after the recent cross-platform controversy, where players found they were able to join matches containing both Playstation and Xbox gamers.
Fortnite is still in Early Access, with early backers getting access to the Save the World mode now, prior to the game’s full release as a free-to-play title in 2018.