Fortnite – why is it so popular?

Fortnite is a game which is extremely popular and has been since last fall. The game is
officially called Fortnite Battle Royale and is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game is so globally popular that even an iOS version was made, with an Android version in plans.
Fortnite is a multiplayer online survival game. The game is played in battle royale mode. The reason why the game is so attractive to many is the fact that it is very fun and challenging to play, but above all the game is free-to-play.
The idea of a “Battle Royale”, where a 100 players compete against each other until only one is left standing, is not a new idea but Fortnite has revolutionised this concept. Within 4 months, Fortnite has rapidly become one of the hottest games on the planet with 3.4 million recorded players as of February.
One of the key reasons for Fortnite’s success is the developers’ ability to constantly release new updates, changing the game style with each update. It is also their ability to listen to the players and satisfy their demands.
The free-to-play aspect of Fortnite has propelled the game’s popularity to unforeseen levels as the game has been made accessible for everyone. The game is so popular that certain universities are even willing to offer scholarships for Fortnite, such as the Ashland University of Ohio.
The game also enjoys great popularity at Charterhouse. Lots of students play the game, with each house having at least 5 representatives. The rivalries in houses are intense, as students from all years battle in squad and duo modes. Fortnite has especially been attracting a lot of attention recently, as the game has been updated with a Season 4 addition. The Season 4 addition has brought various changes to the game, such as the map being altered and new outfits and guns being available for purchase.

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It seems as if the game’s popularity will keep increasing, as new additions to the game are constantly made, and new players keep joining the game. To learn more about why the game is so fun and addictive, I have interviewed an anonymous first-year specialist that plays regularly.

Q: What do you like most about Fornite?
A: It is fun to play with friends because it is very interactive and hard to get boring.
Q: How often do you play?
A: Daily. During the holidays I play the most.
Q: What do you think of the Season 4 update?
A: I think they’ve done a very good job in changing the game, but not introducing anything
too radically different and not keeping it too simple.
Q: Would you play the game if it was not free-to-play?
A: It would depend on the price. And it would also depend on whether my friends would buy
it and play it.
Q: What do you want from the developers in the future, in order for you to keep playing
A: Constant updates to keep the game balanced and fair with the introduction of new
characters and possible game modes to keep the game fresh. An update I would like to see is Fortnite’s main campaign to become free like the battle royale.
From the interview and internet research, it is clear that Fornite has taken the world by storm and if it keeps the updates up, it could maintain this momentum or increase its popularity.