During the 2011 edition of Video Game Awards, Epic Games announced the release of a co-op builder-shooter taking place during a zombie apocalypse. The game, called Fortnite, was reportedly going to combine Left 4 Dead-inspired features with a Minecraft style. However, the news about the title became scarcer, and everybody thought it got canceled. Five years later, the game returned and will soon get an early access release.
The paid early access will turn into a free-to-play title in 2018
After keeping players in suspense for so long, Epic Games revealed Fortnite will get an early access launch this summer, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Starting with July 25th, players will have to play to receive access to the game, but it will be released as a free-to-play title at the beginning of 2018.
The paid access will offer players four bundles with several kinds of gear, but also special boosters to help them get used with the game. These bundles will come at different prices, ranging from $39.99 for the Standard Edition, to $149.99 for the Limited Edition.
The story of Fortnite is placed in a post-apocalyptic future, where around 90 percent of humans have disappeared, while powerful storms hit the world and bring zombies from the ground. Players will enter the role of survivors, who have to use their weapons to fight against zombies, and build forts and shelters to hide from them.
Clever combination of shooter with a building game
As mentioned earlier, apart from the shooter counterpart, players will have to engage in building, which is an important part of the game. The forts they build protects them from zombies, and can either be shelters or intricate mazes which disorient the ravaging monsters. Players have to collect materials and erect the forts after their own taste.
Weapons are still important, as you have to both fight and build. The game features a rich loot systems, with plenty of gear and weapons which you can pick up while exploring. Moreover, you can also manufacture a gun, if the desired weapon doesn’t drop during the gameplay.
Most surely, the description has already captured the interest of many players. After waiting for five years, Epic Games will most surely drop an adventurous and exciting game, with an innovative take on the classic motive of the zombie apocalypse.
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