In this video, we break down 7 different ways Fortnite pioneered the free-to-play live service model, from establishing a successful battle pass to being the first game to get true cross-play and cross-progression on all major platforms.
Few games have had a lasting impact on a global scale like Fortnite. Epic Games free-to-play battle royale burst onto the scene in 2017 and never looked back, constantly pushing boundaries and redefining what a live service game should be. In this video, we break down some of the significant changes that Fortnite introduced through its Battle Royale game mode.
We take a deep look at the history of Fortnite and the state of the games before then. For example, cross-play and cross-progression systems were still uncommon and not something players expected to be a thing until Fortnite pressured Sony to give up its stingy position on multiplayer servers and its exclusivity on particular platforms. .
On the other hand, live service games and microtransactions were becoming more common, but few games were able to figure out how to create a rewarding system where players could feel that free games were more than just cash cows from cash registers. swag. Not to mention constant content updates and once-in-a-lifetime live events. Amazing concerts led by some of the biggest pop culture icons of our generation, all in-game, are just a few of the few ways that Fortnite pioneered a sea change in gaming.
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