The sandbox survival game Fortnite will be available for Early Access on PlayStation 4 on July 25, Creative Director Darren Sugg said in a blog post.
Sugg said that Fortnite is about to enter into a new phase of development, and will evolve into a free-to-play title during 2018. However, they wanted to give people the opportunity to gain Early Access to the game along with exclusive items and in-game events that come only with the Founder’s Early Access.
Fortnite also released brand new trailer to get a feel for the game. Fortnite will also offer PlayStation-exclusive hero cards only available to players on PlayStation 4 to sport a unique color scheme designed to show off their Sony pride.
The co op game allows players to work together to scavenge items, build huge forts, craft exotic weapons, find loot, and level up their squad while leading the world’s remaining Heroes in the fight to save humanity and take back the world.
“Everybody loves building forts,” said Sugg. “Whether it was blankets and couch cushions, or building a fort in the woods by your house, you and your friends could spend Saturday afternoons hiding out, or repelling monstrous hordes of imaginary creatures.”
The idea is universal and is everywhere in stories and movies from Harry Potter defending Hogwarts from Voldemort’s army, and Aragorn standing against the orcs at Helm’s deep.
This idea has inspired the rich, colorful world of Fortnite, where players are Heroes building forts and making a stand against hordes of monsters. The world of Fortnite is expansive and uses a hybrid of procedural generation with sculpted “puzzle pieces” to create interesting play spaces to explore.
Players can harvest almost anything for loot and materials and use for crafting, build the equipment they need and when they need it. Knowing when to spend the hard-earned resources is part of the strategy of mastering the world of Fortnite.
Fortnite has a solid assortment of guns: sniper rifles, rocket launchers, lasers and shotguns galore all in the favourite rarity colored flavors. It also has a pile of close-combat weapons that range from claymores to katanas and the rocket-powered sledgehammer. Along with weapons, players are also able to collect and recruit Defenders.
Building in Fortnite is designed to be usable before combat and in the heat of battle. The editing tool puts the power of building customisation in player’s hands, choosing between fences, windows, stairs, ramps and doors in the fort.
Fortnite buildings can also be built from three different materials with different properties: wood, stone, and metal. This coupled with the ability to craft a whole host of deadly traps, can eliminate creatures before they can even get to the Fort’s walls.
Players collect hero cards drawn from a pool of four core classes: Outlanders: Explorer class; Soldiers: Ranged weapon masters; Ninjas: Melee and mobility experts; and Constructors: Masters of buffing forts.
These classes give players certain edges in the fight to retake the world from the monsters. Combat is fast and chaotic in Fortnite, with a diverse group of monsters, trying to overwhelm with hordes of Husks, or even flinging on the roof of the fortress in an attempt to burrow from above.
Fortnite is designed to continue to be built with the community, and represents a multi-year commitment from developer Epic Games.