|Fortnite Battle Royale|
Fortnite Battle Royale is the completely free 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus. Fortnite building skills and destructible environments combined with intense PvP combat.The last one standing wins.
|Publisher||Epic Games, WB Games (retail bundles)|
|Platform||Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android|
|Release||September 26, 2017|
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Fortnite in general
Fortnite Battle Royale is a player-versus-player Battle Royale game for up to 100 players, allowing one to play alone, in a duo, or in a squad (usually consisting of three or four players). Weaponless players airdrop from a "Battle Bus" that crosses the game's map. Fortnite Battle Royale was released on September 26, 2017.
Battle Royale features in-app purchases for cosmetic items. These items offer no in game advantages.
How to play
There are multiple ways to play Battle Royale. Typically the modes are Solo, Duos, Squads, Team Rumble, Battle Lab and Creative, in addition to one or more Limited Time Modes. There is also Arena Solo and Trios for people who want to play competitively. Players leap out of the Battle Bus as it travels across the map at a random trajectory and choose a place to land. Players try to stay in the safe zone to avoid an ever-encroaching storm that encircles the map, doing damage to players when it touches them. The last player or group standing is awarded a Victory Royale.
For a beginner's walkthrough of Battle Royale from start to finish, see Battle Royale Basics.
Battle Royale Map
Map of Chapter 2, Season 5 as of v15.0
When starting out, all players spawn with a Harvesting Tool. In a pinch the Harvesting Tool can be used in combat, but its short range and low damage (only 20 per hit) make it ineffective for most encounters with other players. It is best suited for breaking objects to obtain Materials. In order to obtain other weapons that are better suited towards combat, players must find them in Chests, Supply Drops, on the ground in the world, or by eliminating other players. There is more than one type of weapon, each having different ranges, damage, and rarities.
Battle Royale shares some weapon types with Save the World, though some Battle Royale versions look different and have different stats from their Save the World counterparts.
Patch 11.0 Loot Pool
Along with Weapons, there are many items to pick up and use in Battle Royale. Some of these provide health regeneration or bonus shields, while others perform a variety of functions related to building. Some Vehicles are also in the game. For more information about the items in Battle Royale, see Battle Royale Items.
Building is a core mechanic of Battle Royale and functions in the same manner as building in Save the World. Knowing how, when, and where to build are vital when competing for a Victory Royale. Unlike Save the World, structures cannot be upgraded using materials. For tips and strategies about building, see Battle Royale Guides.
Gameplay in Battle Royale is marked by seasons. At the beginning of each season, players are given a blank slate and the possibility of earning in-game cosmetic items for achieving certain goals and gaining experience. This functionality is extended through the purchase of a Battle Pass, which offers a much greater pool of goals and cosmetic rewards. Weekly challenges provide a welcome twist to gameplay as players can earn experience for levels. For more information about this feature, see Battle Pass.
Limited Time Modes
Limited Time Modes, also shortened as LTMs, are events in Battle Royale featuring modifications to the rules set and mechanics, such as a limited loot pool or even 50 vs. 50 combat. LTMs usually last about a week and are available as an option in the Queue menu in the Lobby when featured.
Epic Games publishes updates regularly, usually weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2am/4am ET (0600/0800 GMT). Patch notes are supplied for each patch.
Battle Royale Dev Updates
Battle Royale Dev Updates are short YouTube videos published by Epic Games as a way of communicating with the community beyond the scope of published Patch Notes.
State of Development
Epic Games has released multiple statements concerning development milestones and goals. They provide insight into where the game is headed.
- Latest State of Development: Battle Royale State of Development v5
- The current menu theme as of Chapter 1: Season 3.
- The old menu theme used during the first two seasons of Chapter 1 (later added as a Battle Pass Reward in Chapter 1: Season X)