Fortnite begins testing its battle royal game mode, launching September 26

Epic Games heard you liked battle royal game modes, so it’s putting one into Fortnite. The so-called Fortnite Battle Royale is

“an all-new PvP mode coming to the action-building game Fortnite on Sept. 26, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Fortnite Battle Royale drops 100 players onto one giant map where their combat and building skills will be put to the test and the last commander standing wins!”

If you already own the game, you can jump into testing the new mode on the PTR as of today. If you don’t own it, you can take advantage of the 25% off sales running on founder packs right now. Video’s down below. Anybody still playing this?

Source: Press release
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Mewmew
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Mewmew

I don’t want or need a Battle Royale mode in Fortnite. Epic claims it’s their most successful game ever already. That’s based on the Co-Op mode we’ve all been getting it for. We don’t need a stupid PvP match mode in this game just because PUBG is doing well lately. “Hey let’s try to get a piece of that!” Come on…

We don’t need the resources split, if they claim they’re new resources (which they are claiming that) then if they had money to assign for new resources for the game they should have had them helping out with the Co-Op game we’ve all been buying. It’s not finished yet and needs a good deal more work. We don’t need their attention split between two modes.

Pick one mode and do it well. That’s what PUBG did and that’s the go to PvP game right now. Fortnite was supposed to be one of our go to Co-Op games. Many of us bought it very happy that there wasn’t a PvP mode to split the focus or player base.

I hope not many people play it so they can drop it and get back to the business of what the game is supposed to be about. I hate when I defend a game and company for so long and then they go and do something so ignorant. While I may be able to defend Lock Boxes even somewhat, I can’t defend this.

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bobfish

This new mode does nothing to play to the strengths of the game (building, traps), its almost identical to PUBG with worse combat and health bars.

Absolutely pointless.

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ihatevnecks

Yeahhhh these guys can go straight to hell at this point.

MrEllis
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MrEllis

LOOK A SHINY.

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John Mclain

This game was crap since the early alpha when they added loot box progression. Dead on Arrival.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

Horse manure. There isn’t Loot Box progression in the game. Anybody who claims there is is full of it. You don’t even know how many changes have happened lately – and a lot of them have. You now can find the top tier weapons in the lowest boxes, so you’re not always hoping for a gold from a paid box. You also find all sorts of better equipment and the higher end components to make that equipment earlier, and stop finding lower end stuff at later levels.

The game doesn’t have a pay wall. You can get and find everything in the game needed to progress without spending a cent (not that that’s a good thing). It’s getting non stop tweaks to make it better for the people not spending much or anything and it’s been far from non stop arrival. Do you know who Epic are as developers? This is already their most successful game ever (check the news and you’ll see that’s true). Does that sound DOA to you?

Just because you personally don’t like loot boxes doesn’t make a game dead that has them.

Now as far as the Battle Royale mode, it should be brought out into the desert and buried (watch out for copies of an old ET game when burying it). The game became this “most successful” game by focusing on Co-Op. This new mode is just trying to quickly get in to the current popularity of PUBG. It’s not wanted by most players of this game who got it for it’s Co-Op, it certainly isn’t needed.

Still your comment is just way way off base and made out of more ignorance than this Battle Royale mode was.

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Mr Poolaty

Looks sweet

Mewmew
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Mewmew

It’s not :P

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Siphaed

UGH! It was a PvE game. It was always supposed to be a PvE game! If they made the AI more challenging, the classes more balanced (I’m looking at you, Constructor), and the ……ah, screw it, bring on the PvP because they couldn’t do the PvE right.

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Mewmew

No you’re right. It was supposed to be a PvE game. There wasn’t supposed to be PvP here at all. It’s sales success has been from Co-Op players looking for a Co-Op PvE game (and not to repeat myself too much but they claim it’s already their most successful game ever – that’s from Co-Op PvE players who don’t want or care about PvP).

If they had money to hire extra resources for development, they should have hired them to help work on the PvE game and finish that out. It could use a lot more work (and is supposed to be getting it, but this PvP mode appearing now when the Co-Op game is still so heavily in need of development is not every inspiring or confidence building).

This was not cool of them to do at all.

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Indigo Salma

How about the modification of loot box progression? Only played it for a week from the first day it released and i pretty much dropped it after that.

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Yuri Geinish

Love the idea and visuals but from what I’m hearing about loot I’m not giving them any money.

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Sorenthaz

So only a vocal few even cared about PvP in Fortnite and the devs said/claimed that it wasn’t really on the table anytime soon. Guess this explains why the second half of the game’s zones are literally copy pastes of Plankerton. They keep focusing on side distractions instead of adding more permanent pve content :/

I get it’s the cool thing to do but they’re literally going down a path similar to H1Z1

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

::sigh:: I just want a fun game at one price with no cash shop grind. Is that too much to ask?

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Greaterdivinity

Wait…an unreleased, Early Access/Alpha/Beta title has a PTR?

Man, thing sure are getting stranger and stranger.

Also, it’s interesting to see Epic make a turn towards PUB while DBG does the exact opposite. While I still kinda like the underlying premise of Fortnite (and quite enjoy the art style/direction), it’s feeling more and more like years of Gears of Bros has left Epic with a distinct lack of serious creative vision for their products.

Oh well, I’ll keep an eye on it as it continues to move towards a proper release. Still nowhere near enough interest to consider dropping money on the EA version.

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

Most of them do these days, especially the survival sandbox ones. People don’t like having their worlds wiped when a patch hits.

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Greaterdivinity

But like…why are they playing EA games if they don’t want to deal with the fact that EA games are works in progress that are essentially permanent PTR’s for the eventual final product?

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DeadlyAccurate

Because they want to play the game now. EA isn’t really QA testing for many people. The developer can call it EA all they want, but they’re really selling a product, and the gamers are paying customers.

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silverlock

For better or worse this is the reality.

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Greaterdivinity

Indeed, but this shift (which is purely on the consumer/developer end) undermines the core premise of Early Access. Granted, the fact that a major studio like Epic is using the system is already undermining it (it was never designed for AAA developers/publishers, but for smaller studios who in part needed funding to complete their games), but you’d figure they’d at least try to keep with the spirit of the “platform”.

Really, the whole thing has turned into a jumbled mess of nonsense. I wish Valve would just kill the program if they’re going to leave it to languish without direction or control. Do what they did with Greenlight, scrap it and call it a damn day.

Valve is getting worse and worse as time gets on, I want to know what the fuck they even do on a day-to-day basis anymore, because it sure as hell doesn’t look like it involves making games or making meaningful improvements to Steam as a digital distribution/community platform.

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Dantos

Fortnite isnt on steam, its using its own epic games launcher. Early Access is now a “thing” in its own right, for better or worse. Valve may have kicked the ball to get it rolling, but now that it seems to be an accepted part of the industry and by consumers, it’ll keep on rolling until people stop spending money on it.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh damn, really? I could have sworn I saw it on Steam before, but right you are.

You’re right though, Valve got that ball rolling and has let it roll, uncontrolled, for years and we’re ending up with this.

We can only hope that something knocks the ball back on track, though I doubt it will be consumers : /

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agemyth ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Fortnite is in the Playstation store right now which does not have an actual “Early Access” program. The store lists it as “Released” as of July and makes one reference to the game being in “Early Access season” but zero references to being unfinished on the store pages for the $40 entry level “addon” that you need to access the game.

https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/addons/fortnite-standard-founder%e2%80%99s-pack/cid=UP1477-CUSA07022_00-FNDR010000000001

The same deal is on the Xbox store, which has an official “Game Preview” program for in-development games, but Fortnite is not in the Game Preview program.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Fortnite—Standard-Founder-s-Pack/BXWNX8ST04JS

Fortnite is on sale at the usual retail locations with its own box and disc like a real video game. The back of the box makes reference to the Early Access Pack included with the purchase, but no details on what early access means or anything that says the game is in testing. The $40 version of the game is also not available at retail. $60 is the only choice.

http://www.gamestop.com/ps4/games/fortnite/149564

Fortnite owners can jump on separate test servers from the normal beta test servers that the game uses to test a new game mode that will leave Public Test servers later this month to be on the normal beta test servers. Fortnite also has P2W lockbox problems that they have not immediately addressed for this new game mode that only works if none of that P2W trash carries over.

I think this is worse than ARK selling an expansions while in Early Access. I might have to think on that one, but it is in that league of bad early access practices.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh bloody hell, they are selling actual retail boxed copies to boot?

Yeah, that kills any arguments of the game being in any way, shape, or form in any kind of “Early Access” type phase.

It’s like the more I learn about how Epic is monetizing the game the more gross it gets : (

Dantos
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Dantos

Dont worry, its totally gonna be a F2P game.

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agemyth ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Both console platforms are basically giving Epic special treatment.

There is high demand from developers and players for Early Access program games, so I can put up with it to an extent. Fortnite’s abuse of the idea is crossing the line for me. Their moba, Paragon, also gets similar treatment on PSN at least.

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Vice Vandal

Because when your community is up in arms about the numerous issues of your game, you should really give them a PvP mode that nobody asked for.

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Fisty

The people who want these types of games are playing those games already. Unless they’re bringing something new, PUBG is going to dominate and every review will read, if you want this type of game, get PUBG.

Has Overwatch or Paladins tried this yet? Seems a game with a playerbase like that could pull off these modes, but it wouldn’t bring anyone new in.

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Psi

We have dozens of other games with this bullcrap, now. And now they’re going to divert resources from a game that was never about PvP into this pancake.

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Dug From The Earth

Why does this immediately remind me of the mindset that gearbox had with Battleborn lol.

Its so obvious that Epic is trying to cash in on the uber popular PUBG with this. I understand the point of a company is the make money… but how about you do it by making a good product, and not by trying to ride on the coat tails of another companies success.

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