jan 1, 2011 - Fortnite was revealed at Spike Video Game Awards
To summarize Fortnite's development, it was first revealed at Spike Video Game Awards in 2011 and was thought to have heavy influences from Gears of War, Minecraft, and Left 4 Dead. Originally, the game was created to be a cooperative players vs environment type of game where up to four players could team up to build fortresses to defend against endless waves of enemies, hence the name "Fortnite." Epic Games had the goal of creating the game as fast as possible in order to reach the customers as soon as possible. This explains Epic Game's design choice to create a very cartoon-like graphic style that would both increase the longevity of the game, and also greatly decrease production time. For the next couple of years, Fortnite was in development and was delayed in 2013. In 2014, the first closed alpha-stage was released for players who received an invitation. Then Fortnite production halted completely. In 2016, Epic Games decided to focus on its other game, Paragon, which ended up failing and did not even fully launch. 2017 was the big year where Epic released the cooperate version of Fortnite that was the original idea. However, they saw the success of battle royale type of games such as H1Z1 and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and decided to create a battle royale version of their game, and the rest is history. Fortnite immediately rose to the top of the charts, stomping on competition on the way up. It's free to play model allowed it to gain a massive player base. Celebrity endorsements from Drake, and various NFL players further increased the game's popularity. Fortnite eventually had a promotion deal with Marvel to create a Thanos character in the game in order to promote Avengers: Infinity War. The sky's the limit for Fortnite as they continue to grow and develop new game mechanics.
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Timeline of Fortnite