'Fortnite Mobile' Earns $1 Million in Its First 72 Hours

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          by Mike Kent

Though its initial launch was rife with controversy, many calling the online game a copy cat to its chicken dinner counterpart, opinions quickly changed when players saw how different it truly was and how dedicated Epic Games were to the community.

In a close call, Battle Royale was originally going to be part of the Save the World, an optional PvP mode created to satiate players looking for some human competition.

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In the scant few days that "Fortnite Mobile" has been available for the iOS, the game has already collected in excess of $1.5 million worldwide on the iOS. And then a new version called Fortnite: Battle Royale appeared in September 2017. However, it does make sense that the company would show it off with Fortnite and design it specifically with that game's streaming and YouTube audience in mind. At least not yet, but we know it's coming sometime later this year. In order to accomplish the feat, Epic brought over developers from the Unreal Tournament team, who did the bulk of the work given their expertise in arena shooters.

"I doubt any major publisher could have pulled off this kind of pivot in the time we ended up doing it", said Zobrist. Battle Royale is much more popular than the Save the World world, and Epic admitted the user bases were "very lopsided". It wasn't until the final two weeks of development that the team switched to a free-to-play mode that would be seperate from Save the World. "A lot of players just won't play Save the World", they admitted.

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Pornhub says the most popular Fortnite-related searches included words such as "hentai", "battle royale", "animation" and "strip". Unlike its longform older brother, the free game doesn't focus on long-term survival of the fittest; instead, it's a co-op centered around a core group of 100 players fighting to be the last man standing.

Those of you looking for a quick explainer are in luck. Epic said this was never in their thoughts, and highlighted the 12-week development cycle as proof to how the game came to life on-the-fly.

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