Fortnite started as a third-person co-op survival game. It was marketed as a blend of Left 4 Dead and Minecraft with the title of Fortnite Save the World. The game initially focused on a PvE campaign, allowing its players to explore surrounding areas, scavenge for materials, build forts, and fight hordes of zombie-like husks.
Things took a major turn when a Fortnite update added the standalone battle royale mode in September 2017. It introduced a new Fortnite map that locked 100 players in an epic winner-takes-all battle against each other. At the end, only one player would remain standing. Or, well, one team if you’re playing with your friends.
The unique aesthetics and gameplay elements made the title a smash hit, but its biggest selling point is that you don’t have to buy anything at all! The game is free-to-play. And installing it was as simple as typing “Fortnite download” in Google and clicking on the Epic Games website.