Okay, so it’s more like six years, but I bet you forgot this game even existed so the actual time is kind of irrelevant. First announced at the Video Game Awards in 2011, Epic’s zombie apocalypse survival sim base building third-person shooter… thing has been in development for, like, forever, but now the studio is prepping to launch an Early Access Season on 25 July that everybody can get into. For a price.
To be part of the game’s early access period, you’ll have to actually buy it, apparently, with costs starting at $39 (approximately R500) for the standard edition. For even earlier access to the early access, you can buy a Founders Pack or Founder’s Pack (the apostrophes are inconsistent), which unlocks the game for you four days ahead of everybody else.
“Fortnite Founders Packs give players entry to the Early Access Season, access to exclusive in-game events in 2017, and offers a huge value on stuff like Heroes, loot, weapons, and in-game boosts,” explains the press stuff. “Players who pre-order a Founder’s Pack will get a four-day head start beginning on July 21, along with the exclusive Storm Master Weapon Pack.”
If you don’t want to pay, Fortnite is supposed to launch properly as a free-to-play game on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PS4 sometime in 2018. Which does make this paid early access concept kind of incomprehensible, but okay.