The early years of Fortnite
I remember when they first showed the game at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. Epic’s Donald Mustard said in 2017 that this announcement was “three weeks after we came up with the idea, before we even made the game”. Tim Sweeney, the founder and CEO of Epic Games, said the concept for Fortnite came out of an internal game jam. During Fortnite’s development, Epic acquired the Polish studio People Can Fly (remember the guys who made Painkiller series? Yep that’s them!). Later on the Polish developers returned to being an independent studio but they continue to support the development of Fortnite.
Gearbox Software will help distribute the game on physical media around the globe so the game should be in pretty much any bigger store on the planet soon!
Fortnite was announced as a free-to-play in 2014. An alpha version of the game was announced and was available starting from December 2 until December 19, 2014. A Mac demo, built using Apple’s Metal technology, was demonstrated at WWDC 2015, with a closed beta being released in the fall of 2015.
Current state of game
The game will enter a paid early access period across Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One systems starting on July 25, 2017; the final game will be free-to-play with an expected 2018 release.
So what kind of game is it? Here is a TL;DR explanation
Minecraft + Survival + Crafting + Shooter + RPG + COOP + Left 4 Dead?