Chances are Fortnite may have slipped under your radar, but it's one you really ought to be paying attention to. From Epic Games (Gears of War, Paragon) and People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), 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. Basically, it's Left 4 Dead meets the building bits of Fallout 4, with the visual style of Overwatch. You can check out a launch trailer for the game, above.
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.
Fortnite comes out in paid "early access" form on July 25. Unlike most PC games, Fortnite won't be available through Steam – it has to be ordered from Epic's website, and played via their custom launcher. A Xbox One and PS4 version of Fortnite is expected at some point down the line.