Epic's Fortnight Enters Paid Early Access on July 25

You'll be able to start building on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Mac.


Fortnight, Epic Games' action-survival title, will enter early access on July 25. Although Epic did not specify a price, it did list Xbox One, PS4, Windows PCs, and Mac computers as compatible platforms for early access.

Fortnight combines Epic's penchant for action with the in-vogue model of survival and building games like Minecraft. Players team up to construct forts and wage battle against monsters. Amid all that fighting and hammering, players will learn how to craft new items and buildings, as well as hunt for loot.

"Bringing Fortnite to life has been a true labor of love by a talented and dedicated team over many years," says Darren Sugg, creative director on Fortnite, in a press release sent to Shacknews. "We're excited to share the experience and start playing along with more gamers in Early Access this summer."

Ponying up for Fortnight's early access pass will gain you entry into in-game events throughout the 2017 calendar year and discounts on heroes, weapons, loot, and in-game boosts. Pay a little more, and you'll get to start four days early on July 21. If you prefer to line your shelves with physical game boxes, Epic and Gearbox are partnering up to publish a boxed version for Xbox One and PS4.

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    June 8, 2017 7:00 AM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Epic's Fortnight Enters Paid Early Access on July 25

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      June 8, 2017 7:07 AM

      This gameplay sounds two or three years late. Maybe they can quickly revamp it into a battle royal game. Already been six years, what's another two?

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      June 8, 2017 7:12 AM

      Huh... so it does exist.

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      June 8, 2017 8:15 AM

      OMG this is a Tower Defense + how démodé game? Now I'm interested!!

      Shack we need this! I want to play this with you!

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        June 8, 2017 8:17 AM

        What in the fuck is "how démodé"?

        HORDE MODE!

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        June 8, 2017 8:18 AM

        It has always sounded interesting to me, but most the people in the alpha have said it is a hot mess...or maybe just a mess.

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          June 8, 2017 8:21 AM

          Hopefully they figure all that stuff out before release.

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          June 8, 2017 9:17 AM

          it was interesting, but it just turned into endless resource hunting.
          get 999 resources, leave to go to your base, build it up, repeat until it's a fortified monstrosity.
          hope it's enough for the boss wave.

          if it's enough, go to the next section and start the process over again.
          if not, you're back to square one since your base is destroyed.

          also, weapons break, so you have to mine resources for them as well.

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            June 8, 2017 9:18 AM

            Sounds like work instead of gaming. Yeah, shame.

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            June 8, 2017 11:54 AM

            I couldn't get into it for similar reasons. The action itself also wasn't very satisfying. Haven't played it in a while so maybe it has all improved.

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            June 8, 2017 8:26 PM

            The UI was a nightmare too from what I recall. Just way too complicated to get into or get excited about

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        June 8, 2017 9:58 AM

        Are you saying similar to orcs must die?

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          June 8, 2017 10:41 AM

          I like that game. :)

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          June 8, 2017 12:35 PM

          I was in the beta a loooong time ago, not sure how much it's changed, but that's a pretty good comparison. Orcs must die, but you have to scavenge for resources before/between waves and there's not really any set "lanes" but you construct your own to try to group them up and get them into traps.

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      June 8, 2017 8:57 AM

      heh - "Ponying up for Fortnight's early access pass will gain you entry into in-game events throughout the 2017 calendar year and discounts on heroes"

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      June 8, 2017 10:13 AM

      I played the closed beta not too long ago. It's pretty meh.

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      June 8, 2017 10:40 AM

      Interesting, so kinda like Orcs Must Die or Dungeon Defenders mixed with the base buildings from Fallout4?

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        June 8, 2017 11:34 AM

        sort of. you're dropped in an area and have these gates you need to protect. you get lets say 10 minutes to run around and gather supplies, wood, metal, etc. you get this from melee attacking rocks, trees, houses, cars, etc.

        once you get enough supplies, you use the materials to build up your base, which then turns into a horde mode defense.

        if you protect your gate, your left over supplies carry over to the next area. once you clear out enough of your area, you can defend your home base in a bit of a 'boss mode'.

        if you clear that boss mode, you go to a new world and your supplies reset and you start all over.

        basically, you run an area over and over again until you get the supplies to adequately defend your base, rinse and repeat.

        it gets tiresome.

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      June 8, 2017 5:33 PM

      This looks really fun.

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