By: Truman VanVooren
LO’T Entertainmnet Co-Editor
Over the past year the game Fortnite has become one of, if not, the most popular game out. Fortnite was released on July 25, 2017 and is developed by Epic Games. The reasons why Fortnite has become so popular are the accessibility of the game, the continuous support, and how addictive the game can be.
The Accessibility: Fortnite is accessible to anyone and is available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Mobile devices. Fortnite has two modes: Save The World and Battle Royale. Battle Royale is the more popular and well known one of the two. Battle Royale is so popular because it is free to play and is more fun than Save the World. The Battle Pass is ten dollars per season, which is not too much and makes the Battle Royale mode more fun, giving an incentive to play the mode. Fortnite Save The World is not as accessible because it is 40 dollars, but it can sometimes be found at half price.
The Support: Fortnite has had such a strong player base because the devs of the game provide constant support and updates for both game modes. About every Wednesday, the devs release a new patch, along with a new limited time mode for Battle Royale. Now the constant support is most likely due to the game still being in early access, so I wouldn’t expect the game to get the constant updates once the game is fully released. These updates usually contain bug fixes but will sometimes contain a new weapon or map. Also Fortnite releases new skins each week so players are always wanting the coolest skin out. Even though the skins usually require real money, people still continue to buy skins because they know what they’re getting, and there is no random chance to the skin you get.
The Addictivity: Why is Fortnite so addictive? Fortnite has maintained its player base because the game is one where it’s easy to learn but hard to master. Also, people still play the game because the thrill of winning a game has captured the attention of millions and hasn’t gotten mundane for anyone yet. The other thing that makes the game addictive is that the games don’t last too long. On average, it lasts 20 minutes and that is if you are close to winning.
In conclusion, Fortnite is so popular because the accessibility of the game being available on almost all systems, the continuous support the game still has, and how addictive a win can be. For the future of Fortnite I think the game will stay in the spotlight until near the end of this year because eventually people will want to play other games.