Fortnite is a free-to-play game but you can spend money on it to jump the queue.
“Isn’t Fortnite already out?” Well, sort of. See, it doesn’t actually release in full until sometime in 2018, but if you purchase an early access package you can jump in now, and those who pre-ordered early access packages have been playing since last week.
Having waited six years since the game’s announce I suspect you can either wait a few months or you’ve already bought into one of the astonishingly expensive founder’s packs with all the bells and whistles. If not, the cheapest available option with the minimum of add-ons is $40/€40/£35.
Here’s a look at the bangs you’ll get for your buck:
Although its build by day, fight monsters by night premise inspired initial comparisons to Minecraft, Fortnite seems to be a mix of tower defence and third-person action, which sounds a bit like the Orcs Must Die series. It was the first new project Epic announced in the wake of Gears of War, but took forever to come out – possibly because Cliff Bleszinski scarpered to go indie with Lawbreakers, and a second Epic team focused on MOBA Paragon.
Anyway, you can buy it and find out for yourself now, or wait a few months for early access testers to help knock the rough edges off it and join in for free. It’s got a lot of progression systems so veterans will probably have something to show for their long service, mind.