There's no doubt that Epic Games' Fortnite Battle Royale is one of the most popular and successful titles in existence, with the developer having managed to garner a huge amount of revenue with the shooter ever since it launched. Be that as it may, should the free-to-play title have been designed any differently, it might not have been as lucrative as it is today. Speaking of design differences, one fan decided to try a demaking experiment in order to see what it would be like if the game were given an 8-bit treatment complete with pixelated graphics and retro music.
This re-imagining of Fortnite Battle Royale as an 8-bit game not only sees the title lose its third-person perspective, but also adds a variety of different gameplay styles including a Contra-like level, an arcade shooter akin to Duck Hunt, and more. Plus, instead of exploring and surviving in a single map like in the original, the player character visits different zones on the map and experiences them as different stages instead.
For the uninitiated, while this Fortnite Battle Royale fan creation is decidedly well done, it's far from the first instance of someone using an an original video game as inspiration to re-imagine it as a low-res title from yesteryear. For instance, when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out for Nintendo Switch a couple of years back, a fan took it upon themselves to put together a project envisioning it as a 2D title instead of an open world release.
All things considered, it's interesting to think about what Fortnite could have been if its design scheme was given a different trajectory before release, but it's safe to say that the formula Epic cooked up for the game is a winning one. Just recently, the studio brought a ton of fans together with a live in-game event that saw the map get covered with ice, snow, and zombies, which undoubtedly led to those very same players sticking around for a long duration thereafter to explore what else could be new.
Fortnite is available now in early access for Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.
Source: Gamology – YouTube