Fortnite Battle Royale has taken the online gaming world by storm over the past few months. The third-person shooter pits 100 players against each other in a winner take all competition that sees them scavenging for weapons and supplies over a vast island in an attempt to outlast and outkill their opponents.
Fortnite was originally derided as a clone of the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds(PUBG) which debuted on PC before being ported over to the Xbox One. Since then, Fortnite has surpassed the popularity of the popular PUBG and has seen millions of gamers flocking to its strategic, intense shooter gameplay.
What sets Fornite apart from PUBG is pacing. Each game takes place on an island that players drop into where they must gather weapons and supplies in order to survive. A shrinking zone of safety throughout the match forces players into a more confined area, leading to intense gun battles. While PUBG features a much larger map and a longer period of time between shrinkages of the safety zone, Fortnite’s smaller map and quicker intervals in the reduction of the play area force players into combat much more quickly. This causes less downtime waiting around for something to happen to provide a sense of instant gratification.
This more streamlined approach, combined with Fortnite’s cartoony graphics and less emphasis on realistic physics, makes for a more friendly experience that can attract more casual gamers not looking for something overly serious and complex to play.