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Fortnite Is Here With Exclusive PS4 Heroes

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Darren Sugg's Avatar Posted by Creative Director, Fortnite

Hi PlayStation Nation!

We’re proud to be able to bring our Fortnite Early Access season to the PS4 starting today! We at Epic Games are glad to have your help while we gather feedback, grow the PlayStation community and expand the world of Fortnite.

Okay, some of you are probably asking “What’s Fortnite?” Well, Fortnite is our co-op action building game, where you scavenge, craft and defend forts against hordes of monsters, all in worlds where no two games are ever the same. That’s a long way of saying get your friends, build some forts, fight some monsters, level up your loot and save the day!

Here are some of the things you should know about Fortnite…


What special bonuses do I get for purchasing on PlayStation 4?

You get four exclusive hero cards all dressed up in their PlayStation colors! This includes one ninja, one soldier, one outlander and one constructor. You can use these cards to play directly, or use them to bolster your active hero squad. Check out the video at the top of this post to see them in action!

Where’s my Founder’s Pack stuff?

Founder’s Pack items are unlocked over time by playing the game. Why? As you go through the tutorial, you’ll be granted some quests that unlock at different points that make sense with game play. The majority of your items will be unlocked after the Loot Llama tutorial event. There are a few exceptions with some of the highest-tier packs where additional gameplay-based quests are required.


Read our FAQ at epicgames.com


How do I gather stuff in missions?

You can destroy just about anything in Fornite that’s not the terrain. Pretty cool right? However, if you blow everything up you are missing some opportunities for loot. Look around for highlighted objects in the world, and make sure you search them! You never know where your next gun will come from.

Weakpoints and Harvesting

Early on in your Skill Tree you can unlock a skill called “Weakpoint Vision.” Once you have that, you’ll start spotting targeting reticles on the objects you are destroying. If you aim at these places and hit them, you’ll literally double your harvesting rates! Also there are numerous pick axe upgrades in the skill tree, this will increase the damage done to objects, so keep an eye out for them.

Core Materials

Want to harvest wood, metal and stone faster? It’s helpful to know that trees are efficient source of wood (obviously, ;) ) rocks for stone, and cars (and sometimes metal ore nodes) are the best for metal. So if you have a choice between tearing down a cabin wall, or hitting a tree, hit the tree it’ll probably be a bit more efficient.

Ammo and Reloading

What happens if you run out of ammo in a firefight? Well, if you hold down your reload button, it will auto craft the ammo you need for the weapon you are carrying all from your backpack of ingredients. There is no need to open an inventory menu when an angry Husk is running at you.

Building

Every building piece can be edited and shaped into other pieces. Example: Remove a double block stack from a wall and you’ll get a door. Take some time to play around with these shapes, or try out one of the “Build Radar” tower missions to teach you how to build more advanced shapes. Another thing you should remember, using building to get to places you can’t normally reach is key to discovering more treasure. Not sure how to get to the top of that roof? Build some stairs up the outside and find that loot!

Leveling Up

Don’t forget to put XP into your favorite heroes, weapons and traps. Choose your schematics wisely initially, a few well-leveled schematics can get you through the early game with little problem.

Favorite Things

Don’t forget to use the favorite features in the armory. This lets you sort important schematics but also stops inadvertent grinding up of your favorite stuff into recycling materials.

Hidden Treasure Chests

Use your ears as well as your eyes! You can sometime hear chests humming behind hidden walls in the area. These chests offers the biggest chance to drop important weapons and traps.

Bonus Tip! Ripped from the headlines of our Community: Gnomes

“Smash gnomes. I have it on good authority that smashing gnomes can give you rare loot like active power cells. You want those. You don’t want gnomes. Smash gnomes.” – Community Member Stormcaller


The first phase of Fortnite’s development has been a lot of fun, and we are truly looking forward to learning a ton from Early Access. As always, if you aren’t sure about checking out Fortnite during Early Access, we will be evolving into Free-to-Play during 2018.

Those of you who are bold (and tolerant) and enjoy helping to shape a game’s progress, we welcome you to the community of builders! We will be offering Founder’s Only events, cool loot and other special updates for our Founder’s Season. There are a lot of great games out there and we know that voting with your dollar is an act of faith. We are thankful for that trust and we look forward to seeing what you’ll make with us!

Add Your Own

Circuitburnout said:

July 21st, 7:46 am

This looks super neat. Is it possible to play alone?

Dethfuse said:

July 21st, 7:46 am

This game looks like a lot of fun but why would anyone pay $40 to play a game that’s eventually going to be free to play? Just another AAA company failing to understand the free to play market and trying to force their greed on everyone.

    andrew_pohuliai said:

    July 21st, 10:25 am

    It’s same strategy as with Paragon. BTW, the latter is a buggy mess in a huge ditch.

    Fuhr31 said:

    July 21st, 12:04 pm

    As soon as i see that strategy used by a company, i write that game off forever.

CrusaderForever said:

July 21st, 7:47 am

Thanks for bringing Fortnite to the PS4! Are there Pro enhancements? Any chance you are going to add couch coop in a future patch? Downloading now, Can’t wait to play later tonight!

ksmooches said:

July 21st, 8:02 am

I want this…but I might wait for it to go free to play. I played the PC beta and the cost of the founder packs are almost equivalent to what you would pay with time or money in the actual game. I just have too many other things to buy to pay for something that I might not dedicate enough time to.

King-Dominion said:

July 21st, 8:28 am

That early access price tag is just a way to sell a game that was meant to be free-to-play. Either sell it full price or put it out free.

    Fuhr31 said:

    July 21st, 12:01 pm

    Paying them so that you can do their job and test their game…LOL
    Beta testing is providing a service to a company that will be making a lot of money. Providing a service has value, thus they should be paying the testers. Gaming is so backwards.

Tomoprime said:

July 21st, 2:47 pm

Hi there. This game looks great and I can’t wait to play it. But before I do can you please explain what is included in the basic game for non founders during the open beta?

The founders pack sounds interesting however besides playing at special events (I love loot) and getting early access to the game I have to ask are there other perks for using a founders pack vs. standard play? I mean don’t plus members get 4 characters with default colors (without playstation skins)?

Most free to play games limit inventory or new character slots. I just wondering how this works.

Thanks.

Tomoprime said:

July 21st, 3:02 pm

Can I play both on Mac and PS4? The epic games FAQ mentioned something about Cross-progression which sounds awesome!

What happens to founders packs then? I see the perks are different between platforms how does everything sync up?

Thanks.

    Tomoprime said:

    July 21st, 4:14 pm

    After looking it all over I see this is a pay to play game for 2017. They haven’t figured out the standard play game yet which is coming in 2018 as the open beta.

Tomoprime said:

July 21st, 3:28 pm

So the Vault has inventory slot restrictions. You need a Deluxe and up…

$40 – The Standard Founder’s Pack includes:
• Game Access
• 4 Exclusive In-Game Banner Icons
• 6 Daily Loot Pinata Packs
• Exclusive Founder’s Loot Pinata Pack

$60 – The Deluxe Founder’s Pack includes:
• Game Access
• Rare Starter Hero Pack (8 Heroes)
• Rare Starter Weapon Pack (Includes 4 Weapons/1 Trap)
• Exclusive Founder’s Pistol
• 10 Exclusive In-Game Banner Icons
• 24 Daily Loot Pinata Packs
• 4 Exclusive Founder’s Loot Pinata Pack
• 5 Immediate Loot Pinata Packs
• 10 XP Boosts
• 10 Giftable XP Boosts For Friends
• 50 Extra Vault Inventory Slots

Tomoprime said:

July 21st, 3:29 pm

Continued…

$90 – The Super Deluxe Founder’s Pack includes:
• Game Access
• 1 Extra Standard Edition For A Friend ($39.99 Value)
• 2 Exclusive In-Game Defenders
• Rare Starter Hero Pack (8 Heroes)
• Rare Starter Weapon Pack (Includes 4 Weapons/1 Trap)
• Exclusive Founder’s Pistol
• Exclusive Founder’s Chat Channel
• 15 Exclusive In-Game Banner Icons
• 36 Daily Loot Pinata Packs
• 6 Exclusive Founder’s Loot Pinata Packs
• 5 Immediate Loot Pinata Packs
• 20 XP Boosts
• 20 Giftable XP Boosts For Friends
• 100 Extra Vault Inventory Slots

$150 – The Limited Edition Founder’s Pack includes:
• Game Access
• 2 Exclusive Epic Heroes (for your favorite class)
• 1 Exclusive Epic Weapon
• 2 Extra Standard Editions For Friends ($79.98 Value)
• 2 Exclusive In-Game Defenders
• 10 Extra Backpack Inventory Slots
• Rare Starter Weapon/Hero Pack
• Exclusive Founder’s Pistol
• Exclusive Founder’s Chat Channel
• 20 Exclusive In-Game Banner Icons
• 72 Daily Loot Pinata Packs
• 12 Exclusive Founder’s Loot Pinata Pack
• 15 Immediate Loot Pinata Packs
• 40 XP Boosts
• 40 Giftable XP Boosts For Friends
• 200 Extra Vault Inventory Slots

Tomoprime said:

July 21st, 3:36 pm

Then there’s this V-Bucks thing to buy a Llama Pinata packs (a gamblers chance) for weapons, traps and gadget schematics as well as new Heroes.

$10 – Fortnite – 1,000 V-Bucks
$25 – Fortnite – 2,500 (+300 Bonus) V-Bucks
$60 – Fortnite – 6,000 (+1,500 Bonus) V-Bucks
$100 – Fortnite – 10,000 (+3,500 Bonus) V-Bucks

Orpheus_Aeons said:

July 22nd, 3:19 am

Seriously, Epic…you guys have just lost the way. SMH

You learned NOTHING from all the stomping & beating you received from Activision with the whole Paragon Vs. Overwatch thing, huh?

This was your chance to be on top for once, with a game that’s (almost) completely originial and that looks a lot of fun…and you blew it. Yet again.

You need to understand that people are not as dumb as you think they are. No one with half a brain will pay to (basically) Beta Test your game…with those HUGE overpriced “Founder’s Packs”…and for a game that will eventually be F2P!

Yeah, I know…you need the money. But what you desperately need EVEN MORE is A SOLID PLAYER BASE! Seriously, how is it possible that a company with Epic’s pedigree doesn’t have someone with the minimal understanding of how to create a SUCCESFUL game??

What we have here is “Paragon 2”. Only that this is even worse than that, because with Paragon you were beaten by “a better game”. This time…you’re going to be beaten by your own stupid GREED. It’s puzzling: Epic Games is Epic Games’ worst enemy. o_O’

Sadly, I don’t think you would be able to correct this huge mistake now, opening the game and forgetting about those ridiculous “FP’s”.

    Orpheus_Aeons said:

    July 22nd, 3:25 am

    But wait! There’s still a dim light at the end of this self-inflicted tunnel: you still have time to create A NEW Founder’s Pack.

    Something a lot more “acceptable” than your current aberrations, to attract the needed players into Fortnite.

    For instance…let’s say a $10 Pack that doesn’t give you anything special…but let’s you PLAY the game and gives you a “Founder’s status”. I guarantee you that A HUGE amount of gamers will be perfectly fine with paying that to support the game and start enjoying it early. That’s a “good” Early Access strategy.

    If you don’t right this wrong ASAP…you’re going to KILL your creation from the start. And you have Paragon’s experience to know what happens to a game when it diez before having a soul. And you know it’s NOT GOOD.
    You can receive A LOT more money with an affordable Pack that everyone will buy…than with an overpriced one that only a handful of people will.

    Please, don’t repeat your past mistakes. Don’t be greedy…BE SMART. ;)

    Thank You.

    Orpheus_Aeons said:

    July 22nd, 3:28 am

    *dies (lol)

HiryuMK said:

July 24th, 4:35 pm

I want to buy the physical disc tomorrow. Do I still get those exclusive PS4 heroes or this only for digital purchase?

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