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Fortnite Has Over 500K Players Building Cool Stuff

Quite a few people have decided to give this co-op survival sandbox a shot.


Multiplayer-centric experiences continue to be all-the-rage for the gaming community. Some, like Overwatch, thrive immediately on PC and home consoles while others take a bit of time to pick up steam like Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege. It looks like Fortnite is going to be more similar to the former as it has been reported that over 500,000 players have taken the plunge into the game’s Early Access.

Fortnite’s Creative Director Darren Sugg revealed via twitter the good news and he’s counting the Early Access participants as “digital pre-order sales” which is technically correct. All Early Access participants will have access to the full game in 2018, which will actually be free-to-play at launch. Until then, these early adopters will be shaping the community and the game while developers Epic and People Can Fly continue to tinker away.

Fortnite is a bit of a different flavor, eschewing the competitive stylings of popular multiplayer games for a cooperative experience against the game's AI. Up to four players engage in a sandbox survival experience, fending off creatures while scavenging resources to fix and upgrade their defensive structures that keep certain objectives safe. Fortnite can be had by way of multiple editions ranging from $39.99 to $149.99 but will be free sometime in 2018. If you’re one of the many already playing or you’re considering making the leap, we’ve got a few guides to help you along the way:

Getting Started in Fortnite: A Beginner's Guide

What is the Best Hero Class in Fortnite?

How to Unlock Hero Classes in Fortnite

How to Increase Your Power Level in Fortnite

Check out our interview with the game's Executive Producer Zak Phelps and stay tuned for more Fortnite guides as the game continues to evolve.

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