Epic Games announced that the game would be getting a new creative mode that would allow players to build as much as they want, Fortnite season 7 started on Thursday morning and now the company has announced The Block, a new in-game area that will be used to show off some of the most exciting and impressive community creations on the standard Battle Royale island. The Block to become a temporary addition to the standard Fortnite map.
With Fortnite’s seventh season released this week, the game added several new map locations, added a new flying vehicle to the game as well as a brand new Battle Pass featuring all new skins, pets and emotes. With the creative mode, which was released today for all players who have the new Battle Pass and on Dec. 13 for everyone else, players are able to take to their own private islands and given unlimited resources to create their own buildings with Epic’s in-game pieces.
Fortnite has a simple concept, when you think about it: 100 players enter, but only one is crowned the victor. Fortnite: Battle Royalepits up to 100 players against each other in solo, duo, or up to four-player squads to see who can survive the longest against each other in an ever-shrinking map. Skydiving out of a flying party bus, the place you land is a giant, beautifully colorful island, instead of a realistic landscape, surrounded by a violent storm.
On the island are several large and totally unique cities, each with their own style of structures — a quaint suburb of houses, a giant office district filled with skyscrapers, or a retail area with an outdoor mall. Each city is full of vibrant colors, and the map as a whole has hundreds of buildings with randomly spawning loot in the form of guns, explosives, and healing items.
You get just five slots, so you’re forced to balance your arsenal of guns with your need for healing or explosives to deal with enemy structures. With such specific needs in mind, every chest came with the thrill of hoping it would reveal the weapons I wanted most. Fortnite gives you plenty of ways to mix and match weapons, so even if that chest doesn’t come up with the exact item you want, you’ll never feel powerless in a fight.
It’s a lightning-fast system where fights can end in the blink of an eye with just one slight miss. It’s a chaotic and fun system that makes fights a little more complicated than simply aiming at your opponent and firing. With just three primary tiles – floors, walls, and stairs – the building toolset may seem limited, but it’s got everything you really need. Whether it was building a staircase up to that hard-to-reach loot chest or quickly laying down an impromptu piece of cover to protect from an attacking enemy. You could build around a downed teammate that you can’t help yet, or create a decoy fort to lure enemies into an ambush while you wait behind a tree.If you find yourself on the wrong side of a lake or chasm, no problem – just make your own bridge to the other side.
While building is a freeform system, there’s an invisible grid that exists around the entire island that helps every piece that you build snap into place, and it works almost flawlessly. The pace of new content has also been impressive. Since Fortnite Battle Royale’s earliest release in July of 2017 Epic has made countless additions, from new towns and cities on the map to brand-new game modes, like the massive 50-vs-50 team mode from earlier this year or a recent patch’s Blitz mode. The influx of huge and constant gameplay changes may seem haphazard or dangerous when so many people already love it, running the risk of fixing what ain’t broke.
Even Fortnite Battle Royale’s free-to-play structure feels a step ahead of the competition. Every item offered in the in-game store is strictly cosmetic, like character skins and new pickax designs. There’s a daily shop, where the selection of wares refreshes every 24 hours, and a legendary shop that updates every week or so with items that are likely to never return. The biggest microtransaction available in Fortnite Battle Royale is the Battle Pass, a one-time, $10 purchase that gives you access to 100 tiers of rewards that unlock as you play and complete unique challenges.
This is the rare game where each loss fills me with more determination to improve than disappointment, and each death comes with a quick realization of what went wrong and where. The time between dying and dropping out of the Battle Bus again never takes more than 60 seconds, thanks to Fortnite’s speedy matchmaking and enormous pool of players.
Mastering Fortnite Battle Royale’s many systems is worth every second of investment. Whether you go it alone or queue up with a squad, even if you’re the first to die or you actually manage to earn the Victory Royale, Fortnite’s zany style and unique blend of shooting and building almost never offers anything less than an outstanding time. It may not be the first battle royale game, and it certainly won’t be the last, but Fortnite sets itself apart from the crowd by giving you the freedom and tools to express your own personal playstyle.