Fortnite Drops A Zombie-Mashing Launch Trailer As The Long-Delayed Game Finally Arrives

Fortnite is finally here! Well, mostly. Epic Games (Gears of War) first announced Fortnite way back in 2011, and has been slowly chugging away on the title ever since. The full, final, free-to-play version of Fortnite won't be available until 2018, but starting this week players can pay for early access to the game. Yes, the full version of the game is free, but the early access is paid – it's a rather odd approach, but Fortnite does look like a lot of fun. Check out the new gameplay launch trailer, above.

Fortnite is a co-op zombie survival game, where you and three friends must build your own fort from scratch and defend it from an onslaught of the undead. Here's Epic Games' full description:

Everybody loves building forts. Whether it was blankets and couch cushions, or building a fort in the woods by your house, you and your friends could spend Saturday afternoons hiding out, or repelling monstrous hordes of imaginary creatures. This idea is universal.

The world of Fortnite is expansive and uses a hybrid of procedural generation with sculpted "puzzle pieces" to create interesting play spaces to explore. Almost anything can be harvested for loot and materials, and used for for crafting. Build the equipment you need, when you need it. Knowing when to spend your hard-earned resources is part of the strategy of mastering the world of Fortnite.

Building in Fortnite is designed to be usable before combat and in the heat of battle. Need to throw up a quick wall? It's a tap and a trigger away. Combat is fast and chaotic in Fortnite, with a diverse groups of monsters, trying to overwhelm you with hordes of Husks, or even flinging themselves onto the roof of your fortress in an attempt to burrow from above. You'll have to utilize all the tools in your toolbox to be successful at the top end of gameplay in Fortnite.

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Fortnite is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. If you want the PC version, you'll have to buy it from Epic's website.