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Fortnite

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Fortnite
Fortnite cover
Developers
Epic Games
People Can Fly[1][2]
LEGO® Fortnite Lego Software[3]
Rocket Racing Psyonix[4]
Fortnite Festival Harmonix Music Systems[5]
Publishers
Epic Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 5[Note 1]
2017-2021 / Save the World Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows July 21, 2017[6]
macOS (OS X) July 21, 2017[6]
Reception
Metacritic 81
OpenCritic 84
IGDB 83
Taxonomy
Monetization Sponsored, Subscription[7]
Microtransactions Currency, Cosmetic
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Battle royale, TPS
Art styles Stylized
Fortnite on HowLongToBeat
Fortnite on IGDB
Fortnite on MobyGames
Fortnite on Wikipedia

Warnings

This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Fortnite is a multiplayer battle royale and TPS game primary developed and published by Epic Games

It was released in early access on July 21, 2017, before the full release three years later on June 29, 2020.

The Chapter 4 Season 1 update added support for Unreal Engine 5.1, which brought support for Nanite, Lumen, Virtual Shadow Maps and Temporal Super Resolution to the game. As of Chapter 2 Season 4 (August 27, 2020) the game is no longer being developed for macOS.[8] The last supported version is 13.40.[9]

General information

Official support
Official Discord server
Fortnite News on Gamohol

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Epic Games Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
Official website
Epic Games Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Windows
All versions require Epic Games Launcher DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Version differences

Fortnite Battle Royale

The popular free-to-play 100-player PvP mode of the game.
This mode was originally in paid Early Access for two weeks before it was released as a free-to-play mode on September 26, 2017.[10][11]

Fortnite Save The World / Standard Edition

The original mode of the game; a PvE co-op campaign that was released to Early Access on July 25, 2017 and remained as such up until June 30, 2020.[6] While Epic originally mentioned that the intention was to make the mode free-to-play when was released,[12] during the 2020 release announcement they stated that the mode would remain a premium experience rather than going free-to-play.[6]
The Standard Edition includes the PvE co-op campaign, 7 pinata packs, and 4 in-game icons.

Deluxe Edition

Includes everything the Standard Edition includes, along with the Starter Hero Pack and additional in-game items, consumables, and cosmetics; some of which are exclusive.

Monetization

Type Notes
Sponsored Nike clothes are featured in the game.[13]

Essential improvements

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\FortniteGame\Saved\Config\WindowsClient
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\FortniteGame\Saved\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher

Video

Video options
Video options

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV Settings added in 28.10 Update via Settings Game
FOV Minimum: 60-75
FOV Maximum: 85-105
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA, TSR
High-fidelity upscaling
TSR, DLSS 2.2
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Specific frame rate limit can be selected, or set to unlimited.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray traced reflections, shadows, ambient occlusion and global illumination.[14]
Nanite Virtualized Geometry must be enabled for RT. Global Illumination and Reflections must be set to "Lumen High" or "Lumen Epic".
Lumen Global Illumination and Lumen Reflections can be accelerated in hardware when Hardware Ray Tracing is enabled, otherwise software ray tracing will be utilized.[15]
Color blind mode
Deuteranopia, protanopia, and tritanopia.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 5 page for more details.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default.[16]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Under 'Game' settings, below 'Extra Game Options' called 'Invert View' and 'Invert Airborne Controls'.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Choose between four presets: Combat Pro, Builder Pro, Old School, Quick Builder, or custom mappings.[17]
Controller sensitivity
Adjustable for both Combat & Building
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox One, Series Controller (RIFFMASTER Wireless Guitar Controller, Rock Band 4 Rivals Wireless Fender™ Jaguar Guitar & Stratocaster™ Guitar added on Fortnite Festival Season 3)[18]
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4, DualSense, DualSense Edge
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Use Aurora
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth)
Only DualSense and DualSense Edge can be supported wirelessly.
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Game features an option to change the displayed prompts.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Button prompts flicker between KB/M and controller

Audio

Audio options
Audio options
Subtitles options
Subtitles options

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Automatically configured. Confirmed up to 7.1 output.[19]
Subtitles
Appearance can be customized.
Closed captions
Enabled alongside subtitles.
Mute on focus lost
Can be set to on, off or notifications only.
EAX support
3D Headphones HRTF in options.[20] (Resonance Audio.)[21]
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Turkish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
100 Versus, Co-op
Battle Royale: 100-players PvP mode.
Save The World: 4-players PvE co-op campaign.
Creative: Up to 50 players.
LEGO Fortnite: up to 8-players PvE mode.
Rocket Racing : 12-players.
Fortnite Festival : 4-players each band.
'Supports crossplay with Nintendo Switch, Xbox One & Series S & X, PS4,PS5 and Android.

Connection types

Issues unresolved

Shader compilation stutter

DX12 Shaders and Pre-download Streamed Assets are available to download from options, however the stutter will still persist through out the game.[22]
The game suffers from severe shader compilation related stutters during gameplay, this occurs whenever a new effect is displayed and thus whenever a new shader has to be compiled.[23][24]

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Support for DirectX 9 and 10 was removed in patch v10.00.[25]
Beta support for DirectX 12 was added in patch v11.20.[26] DirectX 12 became default renderer on higher-end hardware as of the Chapter 4 Season 1 update. DirectX 11 does not support Lumen and Nanite.[15]
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Resonance Audio Vivox for voice chat
Multiplayer Epic Online Services
Anti-cheat BattlEye, Easy Anti-Cheat Fortnite uses both of them (not simultaneously).[27][28]

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Intel HD Graphics 4000
AMD Radeon Vega 8
DirectX 11 compatible
Nanite Virtualized Geometry setting requires an Nvidia GeForce Maxwell generation or an AMD Radeon GCN 1 generation video card. GeForce RTX 2080 or Radeon RX 5700 are recommended.[15]
For Epic quality presets the recommendations are Intel Core i7-8700 3.2 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz, 16 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, and an NVMe SSD.[9]
Starting with Chapter 4 Season 2 (March 10, 2023) the game requires Windows 10 or higher. Support for Windows 7 and 8 has been retired.[29]
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.14.6 (Mojave)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Metal compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unreal Engine 5 engine build: 5.4 (As Chapter 4 Season OG)

References

  1. Epic’s Fortnite Still Exists, Now At Bulletstorm Dev - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - last accessed on 2017-11-30
  2. Polygon - How did the studio behind Bulletstorm end up making a shooter with Square Enix? - last accessed on 2020-06-30
    "Since 2015, the team has continued to work closely with Epic Games and has contributed to projects such as Fortnite and Spyjinx."
  3. Introducing LEGO® Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival: New Epic Games Launching This Week in Fortnite! - last accessed on 2023-12-03
  4. Introducing LEGO® Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival: New Epic Games Launching This Week in Fortnite! - last accessed on 2023-12-03
  5. Introducing LEGO® Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival: New Epic Games Launching This Week in Fortnite! - last accessed on 2023-12-03
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Epic Games - Fortnite Save the World Update - State of Development - last accessed on 2020-06-30
  7. [1] - last accessed on 2020-12-19
  8. Free Fortnite FAQ - last accessed on 2023-09-18
  9. 9.0 9.1 What are the system requirements for Fortnite on PC and Mac? - last accessed on 2023-09-18
  10. Epic Game's Fortnite - Announcing Fortnite Battle Royale - last accessed on 2018-07-15
  11. Epic Game's Fortnite - Fortnite Battle Royale goes free for everyone on Sept. 26 - last accessed on 2018-07-15
  12. Fortnite UPDATE - When is Save The World free? Epic Games gives PS4, Xbox One latest - last accessed on 2018-07-14
    "We’re still looking at a 2018 free release for ‘Save the World.’ Epic tried to be really generous with the content in Early Access packs, and there have been events and items that exclusive to this Early Access period already!"
  13. Air Jordans come to Fortnite in Nike partnership - last accessed on 2021-04-10
  14. Nvidia - Fortnite is Now RTX ON! World’s Most Popular Battle Royale Adds Ray Tracing, DLSS and Reflex - last accessed on 2020-11-28
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Drop into the Next Generation of Fortnite Battle Royale, Powered by Unreal Engine 5.1 - last accessed on 2023-09-15
  16. Reddit - /r/FortNiteBR/ - Is mouse acceleration actually on in FNBR? - MichaelNoland's comment - last accessed on 2017-12-16
    "There is no mouse acceleration or smoothing in FNBR."
  17. Epic Games - v6-00 Patch adds Custom Controller Bindings - last accessed on 2017-8-27
  18. FORTNITE FESTIVAL SEASON 3 FEATURES BILLIE EILISH! - last accessed on 2024-4-24
  19. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  20. Fortnite Dev Update - 3D Audio - last accessed on May 2023
  21. Cannot save settings due to: Easy Anti-Cheat: Untrusted system file ... vraudio dll - last accessed on May 2023
  22. Verified by User:Faust8 on 2024-02-05
    Checked with RTSS by clicking on every battlepass item which resulted in stutter.
  23. Stutter in Reddit search - last accessed on 2024-02-05
  24. Verified by User:Faust8 on 2024-02-05
    Stutter while waiting on island for the match to begin and when moving around the map.
  25. - GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT CHANGING FOR PC [missing title] - last accessed on 2019-08-10
  26. Microsoft DirectX 12 coming to Fortnite - last accessed on 2019-11-18
  27. Easy Anti-Cheat - last accessed on May 2023
  28. Beneva_ comments on So is Fortnite using EasyAntiCheat or BattleEye now? - last accessed on 2022-03-15
    "Some players will be run through Easy Anti Cheat and some will be run through BattlEye."
  29. Legacy operating system support changes - last accessed on 2023-09-15