Fortnite is changing the video game landscape, but it's also kinda not

CNET | 6/14/2018 | Ian Sherr
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of Fortnite: Battle Royale, the video game that's taken the world by storm.

Here's how it works: You and 99 other players are dropped out of a flying bus (not a typo) onto an island. You land with nothing but your wits and a pickaxe. As the game starts, there's usually space between you and the next person, which gives you time to scrounge up supplies, weapons -- and use your pickaxe to take apart walls, furniture and anything else you can find nearby. As the game goes on, the map effectively shrinks, forcing players closer together and into combat. It's them or you -- so everyone starts to pick each other off, Hunger Games style, until there's a winner.

Formula - Battle - Royale - Game - Industry

This simple but addictive formula, called "battle royale" inside the video game industry, helped turn Fortnite into one of the biggest hits in years. On Tuesday, Fortnite maker Epic Games said during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles that 125 million people have played Fortnite since it was released for PCs, Macs, the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One and mobile devices beginning last summer.

And though the game is a free download, in the month of April alone Epic rang up nearly $300 million in sales of add ons such as color schemes for weapons or new outfits for characters, according to industry watcher SuperData Research. Fortnite also sells dance moves for characters, called "emotes," that have become so popular that real-life sports stars including NFL Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and boxing star Conor McGregor have taken to re-enacting them in real life.

Surprise - Activision - Month - War - Simulation

So it's probably no surprise that Activision last month said its rival war simulation game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, will also have a battle royale mode...
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