Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:32pm 09/06/17 | 0 Comments
Finally! Those of you with a good memory might recall Fortnite as the 'let's build a fort to fend off waves of zombies' game announced all the way back in 2011. Yeah, that long ago. Coming from Unreal creators Epic, it certainly sounded promising at the time, and since then has shifted to become a free-to-play title with loot boxes and collectible cards and skill trees and deep construction options.
Which means that Epic hasn't spent the last six years constantly rebuilding the game from scratch. Well, not so much as they've been adding new stuff to it. As the new E3 2017 trailer showcases, it looks like there's a lot to get excited about with Fortnite. For one, the co-op mechanics look great. As does the freedom to engage zombies with traditional shooter mechanics and via the construction of an impenetrable fortresses of death.
Fortnite takes a bunch of Epic's gunplay know-how and smashes it together with a Diablo-style RPG system. We have a solid assortment of guns: sniper rifles, rocket launchers, lasers and shotguns galore all in your favorite rarity colored flavors. We also have a pile of close-combat weapons that range from claymores to katanas and my favorite: the rocket-powered sledgehammer. Along with weapons, players are also able to collect and recruit Defenders. These are specialist NPCs that help you hold the line against the Husk hordes.
Building in Fortnite is designed to be usable before combat and in the heat of battle. Need to throw up a quick wall? It's a tap and a trigger away. Want to build more impressive structures? The editing tool puts the power of building customization in your hands, choosing between fences, windows, stairs, ramps and doors in your fort. Fortnite buildings can also be built from three different materials with different properties: wood, stone, and metal. Building coupled with the ability to craft a whole host of deadly traps, can eliminate creatures before they can even get to your Fort's walls!
Hey, they used the magic word to get me on board -- Diablo.
Apparently Fortnite will be free-to-play when it launches in 2018, but right now a number of paid Early Access bundles are being offered, with Epic noting that "we wanted to give people the opportunity to gain Early Access to the game along with exclusive stuff and in-game events that come with Founder’s Packs".