- — In-Game Description
On September 12, 2017, Epic Games announced the Battle Royale game mode for Fortnite. It was developed with inspiration from games like PUBG and H1Z1. It was released for free on September 26th, 2017, and is available for free on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It was followed by iOS on April 2nd, 2018, Nintendo Switch on June 12th, 2018, Android on August 9th, 2018, Xbox Series X|S on November 10th, 2020, and PlayStation 5 on November 12th, 2020.
Every platform will be given the same updates at the same time, but will be matched with a separate pool of platforms. Consoles are matched with PC, but the Switch is matched with Mobile.
All players start with only their Glider and a Pickaxe. Once on the ground, players must scavenge buildings, their surrounding areas, and chests to find weapons and items for survival, such as Assault Rifles and Shield Potions, resources for building, and medical supplies for healing. Players will then have to kill up to 99 opponents and avoid getting killed by them. The Storm, which acts like a barrier moves and restricts the "Safe Zone." The Storm, or called "The Zone" will damage you if you are in it, to force players to stay in the Eye of The Storm. In high level arena mode at a certain point specific players will get hit by storm surge because they did not do enough damage.
You must also destroy structures like Houses and Trees to gain Building Materials (also known as "mats"), and build structures to block damage. Players with high editing speeds and can build fast and in an effective way, then can come out on top in most case scenarios.
- Main article: Seasons
Each season of Battle Royale lasts an average of 65 days, allowing players to progress through that season's tiers. Unlocking tiers gives access to cosmetic items. The Battle Pass allows not only a much larger pool of items to unlock, but also allows the ability to reach levels quicker (non-Pass players access only about 15 items). When the current season ends, all player levels are reset and new items are added for the next season.
Once players hit Level 100, they have extra styles for their Battle Pass Outfits and Cosmetics (if applicable), until they unlock the final one.
Players start in the "Pre-Game Phase", where they're put on the Spawn Island that acts as the lobby while they wait. Players can openly roam the island and pick up and test fire weapons. Matches won't begin until the lobby is near full, and once there, the Battle Bus starts its engines and honks. A 10-second countdown timer then begins, after which all players are loaded onto the Battle Bus and it takes off to the game map. Players are now in the "Bus Phase".
The Battle Bus chooses a random trajectory across the world map, flying at a steady speed in a straight line until it fully crosses the mainland. There's a 5-second countdown shortly after takeoff, and once the timer expires, players enter the "Skydiving phase"
During this phase, players choose when to exit the bus to skydive/glide to the ground; players who remain on the bus when it reaches its the edge of the map are forced off and the Battle Bus departs from the island. Once the Skydiving Phase begins, a 35-second countdown timer (depends on the length of route), after which the Storm warning sounds. Players enter a 1-minute grace period before the Storm begins to form. Once the time is up, a white circle appears on the map, showing players where the storm eye will stop shrinking first. Players can see the storm beginning to form around the outside of the map.
The Storm Phase makes up the remainder of the game. The Storm (also referred to by players as "the Wall", "the Zone", and/or "the Circle"), is a large, blue, transparent wall that encircles the entire map. At specific times, players get a warning that the "storm eye" is about to shrink, making the playable area smaller. The playable zone continues to shrink incrementally until "the storm" consumes the entire map. Anyone caught in the storm loses health, with the amount of damage taken based on how many times the storm eye has already shrunk.
- Since the start of Season 5, the center of Storm circles 7, 8, and 9 shifts in random directions (instead of simply shrinking). As the storm closes in, it will move & shrink to the new location. This was removed from public games during Season X, and was made only for competitive play.
- Using Storm Flip, you can make a safe zone a storm that deals a fixed 5 damage per tick. Using it in the storm will become a safe zone. This item has now been vaulted.
All Storm Phase times can be found listed below:
|Stage||Grace Period (minutes)||Shrink Time (minutes)||damage while shrinking||damage after shrinking|
Mobile Phone compatibility
- Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, S10, S 10+, S20, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
- Apple: iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. (but not compatible with Fortnite anymore)
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11