It hasn’t even been a month since Epic Games made waves by introducing the Fortnite Battle Royale game mode. But the developer isn’t resting on its laurels, and has already announced plans to introduce even more new gameplay content to its multiplayer title.
The next major gameplay update to hit Fortnite is called Horde Bash. Arriving on Thursday, October 5, Horde Bash introduces the Challenge the Horde game mode, which puts players in a staging area, giving them unlimited time, but limited resources in order to build their own portable horde fort. Next, the player (who can be joined by up to three friends) can leave this staging area, and as they survive, they will “receive more resources and more rewards to Challenge The Horde.”
The update also gives Fortnite players new loot to collect and more ways to collect it. Epic Games details new heroes with new perks, such as the Raider Soldier who excels at using a shotgun and in close encounters, as well as the Energy Thief Ninja who “generates and leeches” energy from melee combat. The special event llamas, called Scavenger Llamas, include four new heroes, nine weapons from the “delicate” Scavenger weapon set, and two new defenders. Currency to unlock these llamas is unlocked by playing the Challenge the Horde mode.
Moreover, Epic Games details 25 new progression quests that will reward players with things like Scavenger tokens (to unlock those llamas) and Legendary items. Fortnite players already have a good idea of how to get the best loot, but the quests could be another useful fast track to getting the very best in-game items.
This upcoming content drop should ensure that the millions of Fortnite players in the game already continue to stick with it. Epic Games has already drawn them in, but the Horde Bash update gives them an excuse to stick around and play it with friends, every single day.
Horde Bash also gives players of Battle Royale, which has now gone free to play, another reason to upgrade to the full game. One million people are enjoying Battle Royale, and many of those will be limited to the free to play side of things, so Epic’s main aim is to convert them into paying customers. It’s unclear whether Horde Bash and the Challenge the Horde mode is the thing that will get many of them to fork out to buy the whole package, but it certainly makes a good case for buying the upgrade.
Fortnite is available now in Early Access on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Epic Games