Fortnite

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

Parents need to know that while the original, strategy-focused, single-player version of Fortnite (also known as Save the World) is a survival action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac, it's the wildly popular last-player-standing mode known as Fortnite: Battle Royale that's taken off and become a huge hit. (There's also a mobile version of the popular battle royale mode that lets portable players engage with and play against console and PC gamers.) Fortnite: Battle Royalepits up to 100 players against each other in solo, duo, or up to four-player squads to see who can survive the longest against each other in an ever-shrinking map. The game has a cartoonish style, and the violence, while persistent, isn't bloody or particularly gory, even though you're using melee weapons and firearms to eliminate opponents. The game does push players to make additional in-game purchases to acquire many cosmetic items, objects, and celebratory animations, though they're not required to play. While there isn't any profanity in the game dialogue, its online nature could expose younger players to iffy language from random strangers in voice or on-screen text chat. In Save the World, gamers use strategic thinking, creativity, and forward planning to build fortifications while working with teammates to defend survivors and objectives from waves of creepy, zombie-like monsters. If you want to know more about this phenomenon, be sure to check out our Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnite.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

FORTNITE is one of the most popular video games currently being played worldwide, but the majority of most players' attention isn't on the original, strategy-focused, single-player campaign (also known as Save the World), but rather the stand-alone last-player-standing mode known as Battle Royale. Here, gamers take on up to 100 other players by themselves, with a partner, or as part of a four-player squad to see who manages to survive the longest against opponents on an ever-shrinking map. 

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