Fortnite: Battle Royale

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Type of Resource

Guidance

Publication Date

September 21, 2023

Topic/s

Gaming  

Launched in 2017, Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free online survival game. It is a ‘shooter style’ game, meaning players battle it out against opponents with multiple weapon styles, but it is also a construction style game (like Minecraft) that allows players to create and personalise their own game components. Upon its release, Fortnite quickly became a huge success among children and young people. It now has three different game options – Fortnite: Save the World, Fortnite Battle Royale, and Fortnite Creative.

Fortnite can be played on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and iOS devices. It is a popular subject of gaming livestreams on Twitch and many ‘tips and tricks’ videos showing gameplay can be found on YouTube.

Age Restrictions

Terms and conditions state that players must be at least 13 years old to play Fortnite. The game’s PEGI rating is 12+. However, this game is popular with younger children as they are able to play with their friends and participate in events.

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Children can join other friends and play together against the rest of the players.
Schematics are plans found hidden throughout the world of Fortnite Battle Royale. They are recipes allowing other players to craft their own weapons and traps from materials.
Fortnite’s internal currency. V-Bucks can be used to purchase things such as weapons, weapon skins,, and new clothing. V-Bucks can also be built up within the game without having to add a credit card, contributing to the addictive nature of the game.
‘Looting’ can be collecting anything from ammunition, weapons, traps or resources in the game. These are also referred to as ‘Loot Boxes’.
Otherwise known as ‘The Wall’, the Storm is a large, blue, transparent wall that covers the entire map. Anyone caught in the storm can lose health and may encounter monsters.
The Battle Pass is a method Battle Royale players can use to gain access to exclusive in-game rewards. You can pay for a Battle Pass with V-Bucks.
All players in Battle Royale will receive a maximum of three daily challenges.
The Item Shop is Fortnite’s online shop. This is where you can purchase outfits, weapons, and emotes.
Your locker lets you store the stuff you have bought from the Item Shop via your battle pass.
An emote is a way to animate your character to show your emotion. E.g you can make your character ‘dab’ or blow kisses.
These are outfits that change the cosmetic appearance of your character/avatar. There are rarer skins that only appear at specific times of the year such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.
Gliders are parachutes that help you land when you are jumping off the bus at the start of the game. Throughout the game, players can use them to jump between buildings.
Harvesting tools, such as the default pickaxe, are tools that players can use to mine and damage materials in the world of Fortnite. You can also use the tool as a weapon to destroy other players in the game.
Each new season brings new skins, new weapons, and many more items you can purchase. This is a way to bring new challenges to players so they stay interested and keep coming back.

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