Epic Games announced that Fortnite‘s latest Battle Royale update has been made freely available for their early access title. The update features 100 players in a PvP arena map where players will be able to mix and match gameplay and tactics from standard survival games, but with the added bonus of the build-and-fortify mechanics from Fortnite.
Epic Games’ update also includes a squad mode, so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting banned for teaming up with other players. And yes, Epic was banning players for teaming up and tentatively working together during the Battle Royal beta tests.
The company also came under fire when the makers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds got butthurt that Epic added a Battle Royale mode to Fortnite without their permission. Yes, they actually got butthurt over it.
Those last two paragraphs are dangerous because they cover behavior usually found in malignant cancer cells.
As for the Battle Royale mode… Epic is gunning hard to let gamers know that it’s free to access and play. All you have to do is head on over to the official Epic Games website and click on the big yellow “Play Free” button.
Fortnite entered into early access during the summer but it’s not available on Steam. The game’s paid early access allows those who opt in early to play the build-and-combat game up until it goes free-to-play next year. I know, I know… the whole business model is absolutely bonkers and I have no idea why anyone would be inclined to opt in. Anyway, it appears Epic saw the writing on the wall after PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds surpassed 10 million units sold and figured to try their own hand at a Battle Royale-style mode for Fornite. It’s not like it could hurt (because it’s not like there’s any sales to actually hurt), so Epic pulled the trigger.
Whether or not this will actually vitalize the game’s early access remains to be seen, but it will be part of the game from now on, while Epic will seek to expand Fortnite with future updates in the near future. In the blog post it’s mentioned that their next main goal is server stability and fixing the game so it doesn’t crash so much.