After dropping off the radar for some time, earlier this year it was announced the Fortnite would finally be released as an early access title in July 2017. Players have now had a few weeks to get to grips with the experience, and it’s fair to say that there’s been something of a backlash against the game.
On Metacritic, the PlayStation 4 version of Fortnite currently holds a 5.5 user score, the Xbox One version is at 5.2, and the PC port trails behind at 4.1. These aren’t great scores for a title that Epic Games was once hyping up as its best ever.
Taking a look at the discussion on the Fortnite subreddit gives a little bit more insight into exactly what players are finding fault with. “The people who think there’s nothing wrong with this game have probably not put over 80 hours in,” commented one frustrated gamer.
“Epic got a lot of work to do,” observed another. “Don’t be like No Man’s Sky… the biggest hype ever and failed to live up to it…”
In fairness, not everyone has quite such a gloomy perspective on the title. “I love the game and will continue to grind and be one of the first to zone 4 (if it exists yet),” stated one Redditor — although this particular thread contained plenty more negative opinions than a positive one, and even this praise came with several caveats.
One of the biggest problems with Fortnite in its current form stems from its release strategy. The game is currently priced at $40, even though it’s already been confirmed that it’ll be free-to-play next year.
This wouldn’t be so bad, but progression is handled in a manner that’s very reminiscent of free-to-play titles. That means that players have to grapple with cooldown timers and extreme amounts of grinding, even though they put down their hard-earned cash to buy the game outright.
All of this is particularly unfortunate because it seems that there’s a fun game hiding beneath the surface. However, it seems that many players are going to be put off by the business model that’s at work, at least until the game is truly free-to-play next year.