For the last few weeks, Fortnite Battle Royale players have been confronted with an icy, gleaming ball of light that suddenly appeared over the Tilted Towers zone. It's a comet, and it's getting closer each day. No one knows exactly what purpose it serves, or what's going to ultimately come of the anomaly.
The race to decipher what the gleaming comet in the sky could mean for the future of the game is on, and fans are racking up their own discoveries and theories to go with them. It's a riddle that practically begs to be solved, especially when Epic Games has been teasing players with important tidbits that all seem to lead to one conclusion: Tilted Towers will likely cease to exist in the future. But to what end?
The "it" genre in video games these days is the battle royale. Simply put, they task a large group of players to duke it out over scarce resources and limited terrain until one player (or team of players) is left standing. It's characterized by tense periods of waiting, coupled with quick and violent exchanges where players risk it all to come out on top. It's competitive, re-playable and, perhaps most importantly, stream-friendly.
The genre is still relatively young, but new entries are beginning to debut pretty regularly, with plenty of new battle royale-style games in development. With that in mind, here are the best battle-royale experiences you can take for a spin right now.
A popular criticism towards Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale is that it is almost too similar to Player Unknown's Battlegrounds. They share many features, like a high player count, single death survival with a rapidly truncating map, jumping from a plane (battle bus?), supply drops and more. But there is at least one key difference: building. In Fortnite, breaking structures down into raw materials to be used to build you're own battlements is not just a gimmick – it's essential. Some of the game's most defining moments come when building is implemented to its full potential.
With PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds being such a smash hit, it’s no small wonder that other developers are looking to catch some of that lightning in their own little bottles. Enter Epic Games, who have found room in their survival game, Fortnite, to add a new type of frantic gameplay.
It’s been a long time coming, but we can finally play the latest from Epic Games. Fortnite has at last reached Early Access, bringing its combination of sandbox survival and cooperative shooting to PC, Mac, and consoles.