Fortnite is better without the forts

Fortnite is better without the forts

In 2017, months before Ninja streamed Fortnite with Drake (opens in a new tab) and making national news, he was trying out his new Battle Royale mode. The game was extremely simple then compared to anything you can do now, but the basics were solid: shooting felt pretty good, building was useful, and destruction was like nothing else on its scale.

After a while, behavior began to emerge that would eventually define how Fortnite is played. Construction became less about getting from place to place, and more about quickly building elaborate towers of brick and metal to confuse enemies and block incoming fire. The shootouts no longer resembled two people shooting guns and more like duels of carpenter wizards competing to make the tallest pile of trash.

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