Fortnite To Be A PC Exclusive And Six Other Things We Learned At The Fortnite Comic-Con 2012 Panel


Posted July 12, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich

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Fortnite To Be A PC Exclusive And Six Other Thing We Learned At The Fortnight Comic-Con 2012 Panel

Epic Games showed off Fortnite at their Comic-Con 2012 panel, marking the first time the game has been seen in action since it was announced last year. Actual gameplay, scenic videos featuring landscapes, and How To Build vignettes were shown at the panel. Sadly, I was forbidden from getting footage of any of it.

The hour-long panel was filled with brand new details about the game, most shocking of which was the announcement that Fortnite would be a PC exclusive as well as the first Unreal Engine 4 based game to be released. But that wasn't the only thing we learned.

Fortnite won't be your typical $60 game. It sounds like Epic plans to roll out this game in waves, first a friends and family beta, then a closed beta, then a public beta, all the while taking in feedback from gamers. We see this model in many free-to-play MMOs, like Firefall. This obviously leads me to speculate Fortnite will be free to play. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Fortnite.

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1.  Genre.

What genre is Fortnite? Let's start with the basics. What is Fortnite? Defining a game like Fortnite isn't easy. Producer Tanya Jessen opted to make up a hybrid genre, co-op sandbox survival game. Fortnite combines team work with an open-world. The only problem is the open world is full of creatures who want to kill you.

Thanks to games like Minecraft, this type of game seems like a no-brainer. Epic Game Designer Cliff Bleszinski quipped that after Fortnite was revealed in late 2011, Insomniac's Ted Price told him they were working on a similar title. Every kid built forts; this game was inevitable.

2. Building is the core of the game.

The most important aspect of Fortnite is building. Frames, panels, multilayer structures, stairs, windows, wood, brick, stone. Are you overwhelmed? Don't be. Jessen assured gamers "no engineering degree required to play Fortnite."
Building seems easy. One of the building videos showed how easy it was to acquire materials.

With the right tools, ideally an axe, you'll only be a few swings away from chopping down a tree. As the days progress, your character will gain more skills, and with these skills you'll be able to scavenge new materials and build stronger structures. One day one you may only be able to construct a crude house with sticks, but by day 10, you may be able to raise your own stone castle.

3. Scavenging.

Knowing how to build is grand and all, but you won't get very far without the necessary tools. The folks at Epic have definitely been spending time playing Minecraft.  Everything in the environment, like mailboxes and houses, can all be destroyed to build more and to build better.  During the day you and your team will be frantically running around, destroying and gathering.

Your inventory won't be full of branches though. Fortnite will have plenty of loot for gamers to horde. Weapons, tools, accessories, all will be discoverable in the open-world of Fortnite.

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4. Enemies.

One of the enemies of Fortnite are the husks. Once living beings, the husks have had their life sucked out of them by some greater force. This greater force will be the game's main antagonist. Epic was mum on the details about the game's baddies, but we do know they aren't zombies in the traditional sense. Instead of an infection causing them to crave brains, the husks want life. Your life.

We also got to learn more about the troll, the enemy from the first Fortnite video. These guys are reminiscent of the Gears of War ticker, but about a million times more annoying. Using a portal, these buggers can go under walls, through walls, over walls and open doors for other baddies. They can swipe your loot. They have low HP so aren't a threat to your well being, but they can certainly cause some damage to your fort.

5. No chainsaws. Yes crossbows.

Epic has sat down the chainsaw and picked up a crossbow. Like the buildings, you'll have  some input on how you want to customize and upgrade your weapons. To show off just how many different ways you can use the same object, they demoed the crossbow. First the crossbow had explosive bolts, then it shot three darts at once. Another upgrade allowed the player to link enemies together effectively freezing them in place with electric bolts. The crossbow can even be used to climb, thanks to the tight rope upgrade.

6. Fortnite's gameplay revolves around the sun.

Daylight means it's time to scavenge for materials in order to build, fortify, customize and edit your fort. When the sun sets, the husks rise. Your Fort will be the only thing keeping your friends alive.

The art design reflects the way Fortnite's tone changes in cycles. This will be a game you're going to spend hundreds of hours in, and so they wanted to make the world enjoyable. This was a nice change of pace from the dark dreary world of Gears. While the day is bubbly and whimsical, the night is dark and full of terrors.

Prior to this panel, Fortnite was just another game out there, but after I heard about everything the Epic team had in store, I have to say I'm pretty stoked. I'll admit, I was making forts in my room well into my teen years. I kind of can't wait to see what kind of fortress my friends and I will be able to build.

Fortnite does not have a release window other than sometime in 2013.

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Fortnite To Be A PC Exclusive And Six Other Things We Learned At The Fortnite Comic-Con 2012 Panel


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