Fortnite - Build, Battle, Boom, and Wow That’s New!
Craft new items, tame new pets! And, of course, kill each other!
Four Years a Blockbuster and Still Growing
In 2017, Epic Games’ Fortnite launched as a four-player co-op PvE game - what’s now known as Save the World Mode. The game was an instant success - if you don’t count the six years in development hell, that is. But what launched Fortnite to an unprecedented level of success was its free-to-play Battle Royale Mode. The developers coded it in only two months, and it had ten million subscribers in the first two weeks.
The secret to Fortnite’s success is the continuous introduction of new Seasons.
Realizing that they had a runaway hit on their hands, Epic moved quickly to deal with their newfound success. Their vast player base needed continual updates to keep gameplay smooth, balance the competition, and provide fresh content. Epic delivered it all, and four years later, they’re still at it.
The secret to Fortnite’s success is the continuous introduction of new Seasons. Each Season typically lasts two to three months and introduces new characters, maps, skins, weapons, and play features. Over time, the Seasons have become more elaborate, with more detailed stories and dramatic final battles that end one Season with a bang and usher in a new one.
Latest Fortnite News
Zero Crisis Finale to Kick-off Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6
Epic Games promises an “explosive conclusion” that will shake things up and “shape reality as we know it.”
Read the full article here.
What's New in Fortnite
CHAPTER 2 - SEASON 6 PRIMAL
Fortnite Island Goes Primal
- Craft your weapons
- Hunt and train wild animals
- Find supply bunkers
- New character skins and cosmetics
Learn more at EpicGames.com
Concept - Shoot Guns, Build Stuff, Hang Out with Friends
Oh yeah, and there are zombies or something. The storyline in Fortnite involves zombies, an apocalypse, and the end of the world. But rather than playing up the dark grittiness of that premise, the game delivers a colorful, cartoony look and an adorably dorky sense of humor.
[Fortnite] delivers a colorful, cartoony look and an adorably dorky sense of humor.
This sensibility proved surprisingly compatible with a Battle Royale game. Fortnite’s friendly personality somehow manages to take a game about 100 people murdering one another and make it feel like a community.
The theme for Chapter 2, Season 6, is Primal. The new maps have a wild, primordial feel to them, and many have vibrant, autumnal colors. As a leading industry developer, Epic noticed that survival games are all the rage. To follow the trend, they’ve added crafting and animal-taming mechanics and replaced sniper rifles with bows.
Primal is a great idea and makes for a fun and refreshing change of pace.
Primal is a great idea and makes for a fun and refreshing change of pace. Does it work? Well, not perfectly; at least not at launch. But by now, Epic has a solid reputation for competence. You may not like their decisions this Season, but you can be pretty sure that they’ll adjust and get the effect they were aiming for with Primal.
Graphics & Audio - Everything is New But Still Comfortable
Fortnite’s signature cartoonish look makes for a fun, lighthearted game that scales well on different platforms and displays. These Windows PC, Mac OS, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. You can even play it on your smartphone. (Unless you have an iPhone - sorry!).
Not much has changed in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6: “Primal.” To put it metaphorically, Fortnite is the comfort food of video games: they change the menu up a little, but you always basically know what you’re getting. The colorful, cartoonish look of the game is a matter of taste, but it does make it a lot easier to tell what’s going on around you. The music is fitting and the humor is just one big dad joke.
Gameplay - Ditch the Rifle for Bow and Arrow
FPS fans might find the shooting action lacks in comparison to games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The weapons are not as accurate, especially not at a distance, and the feeling is not as distinctive.
Fortnite is the best shooter/builder hybrid on the market.
On the other hand, Minecraft players might find that they have less freedom, even in Fortnite's underrated Creative Mode. However, Epic is continuing to develop new tools, which is very promising.
As PvP games go, Fortnite is as balanced as a game of its size can be. The developers pay close attention to game balance and frequently tweak gameplay to make it as fair as possible. Although, that is not to say there are no complaints, of course. In a game with over 350 million players, it is impossible to please everybody.
Replacing sniper rifles with bows is a thematic and temporary change in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6: Primal, but the crafting and pet mechanics add a new depth to the game.
That said, Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6: Primal, welcomes some exciting new gameplay features. Replacing sniper rifles with bows is a thematic and temporary change, but the crafting and pet mechanics add a new depth to the game. If dodging bullets while building a fort was exciting before, it is twice as exciting while trying to scavenge components to build a gun, and trying to tame a ferocious wolf.
Primal's gameplay would rate a solid 5/5 except ... it’s not perfectly implemented. The crafting system is small, and it can take time to find the components you need. Some players report that the time it takes to forge an item is unreasonable. Plus, the pets sometimes behave a bit erratically, which can be a problem when your life depends on them.
Plenty of Primal Fun
Whether you hate it or love it, there is no denying the game itself has a lot to offer. The combination of shooting and building mechanics is fun and lighthearted. There is also a lot more to it than the Battle Royale. Save the World is a great game and well worth playing in itself. If you’re enjoying socializing more than fighting, check out Party Royale. If it’s the building you love, definitely spend some time in Creative Mode.
The updates in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 6: Primal, do not transform Fortnite into a survival game. There is no hunger or fatigue meter, and you will not die of exposure if you do not build a hut in time. Primal is just a refreshing change of pace in what is essentially still the same game.
Replay Value: 5/5
Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 6: Primal introduces a wild new host of memorable characters and weapons, along with crafting and taming pets!