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One of the hottest new games of 2018 has been a game of modest origins—made by the game company Epic Games and People Can Fly—called Fortnite. The new hit game is a sandbox survival game that has two distinct games modes. The first mode is called “Save The World,” which is a co-op sandbox player-versus-environment game-mode, where teams of players must work together to survive a zombie onslaught.

The second mode is called “Battle Royale,” a 100-player free-for-all “tower defense,” in which 100 different players all battle against each other for the number one spot. Meanwhile, players are trying to scrounge for supplies such as bandages and guns, so that they may outlast or even eliminate other unfortunate players.

The tower defense component derives from players’ ability to build themselves personal fortresses—built from walls, or staircases—where players can camp inside and stay safe from other eager players who might try to take them out.

The Battle Royale game-mode was not actually in the game when it launched, however, as it was added in on September 26, 2017 as a result of the first base game-mode’s success. Additionally, this mode does not need the base game to play and it can be argued that this mode is the main reason for the game’s massive popularity, with over 45 million registered players and a maximum peak of around 2 million players at a single given time.

The game’s massive success can also be partially credited to the community as well, since their rapid feedback and suggestions have allowed for the developers to pump out updates and hotfixes that allows for the game to continually evolve and improve.

Not all have been happy about the game’s success, however. Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG), a rival game with shockingly similar gameplay, has started to draw similarities between the two games, and the parent company Bluehole has made it known that they are not pleased with this comparison. However, due to the fact that PUBG is made with the Frostbite engine, which is a product of Epic Games, as a result, the situation has been very complicated, leading to no signs of a lawsuit in the near future.

Meanwhile, Fortnite is expanding its impressive record. With recent updates adding in new map areas and a new mode that puts a spin on the traditional Battle Royale mode, where only sniper rifles are allowed,  Fortnite has drawn in an eager crowd. As the game continues to update and evolve, expect to hear about it daily.

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