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Fortnite OG: a comeback for 2018’s favorite game?

Fort­nite is a free-to-play online video game created by Epic Games in 2017. It has multi­ple differ­ent game modes, with the most distinct game mode being ‘Battle Royale.’ Battle Royale is essen­tially a survival game where 100 play­ers fight against each other in a free-for-all combat to be the last one stand­ing. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed game where play­ers need to be strate­gic to survive. Fort­nite is compa­ra­ble to the popu­lar movie, The Hunger Games, which has a simi­lar free-for-all plot. There are an esti­mated 125 million play­ers on Fort­nite as the game is avail­able on console, computer, and on certain mobile devices.

Recently, Fort­nite Battle Royale under­went a major update. On Novem­ber 9, 2023, Fort­nite had an update which took the game back to Chap­ter 1: Season 5 which means the return of Tilted Towers and the iconic items like the assault rifle, pump shot­gun, and vehi­cles like the shop­ping cart.

The OG update was split across the whole season. Mean­ing on Novem­ber 9th, the game had a Season 6‑themed update. On Novem­ber 16, the game tack­led Seasons 7 & 8, bring­ing back things like planes and mini-guns. And finally on Novem­ber 23, Seasons 9 and X were covered by re-adding jetpacks and the Baller. 

This season was shorter than usual, span­ning about 4 weeks despite it usually being around 3‑months long. The game started to regain social media atten­tion, specif­i­cally on Tiktok, where creators were record­ing their wins in ‘Battle Royale’ with the audio “Another day, another victory for the OG, taking down the sweats, the imposters among us.”

Trends on TikTok, stream­ers play­ing Fort­nite again, and the power of nostal­gia in video games all contributed to the surge in play­ers on Fort­nite again. Excite­ment surrounded Fort­nite OG, espe­cially at Justice High School as gamers enveloped in nostal­gia as they played Fort­nite again. 

Junior Addie Bates says “I love the new season, I used to play Fort­nite all the time and now that it’s back to the orig­i­nal map, I’ve started play­ing a lot more recently.” Because of this update, over 44.7 million play­ers logged on to Fort­nite on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11, lead­ing to a whop­ping 102 million hours of game­play making it the biggest day in Fort­nite history. 

Junior Wehbe El Hadj Sidi was among the 44.7 million play­ers. She exclaimed  “I like play­ing Fort­nite with my friends, it’s so fun. I’ve been play­ing since middle school and having the old map come back really makes me want to play. Honestly, I was play­ing all of Thanks­giv­ing break with my friends.” 

More­over, Junior Ella Palmer demon­strated their excite­ment for the new season. They claimed “I was about to skip Thanks­giv­ing dinner because I was so into it, they did their thing with the new season! Even though it’s laggy on my [Nintendo] switch, it’s still so good.”

The Fort­nite OG season is now unfor­tu­nately over and Fort­nite has advanced to its new season, Chap­ter 5. Fort­nite OG ended with an event which featured Lego, Peter Grif­fin from Family Guy, Fall Guys, and finally, an Eminem concert. Even though Fort­nite OG is offi­cially over, the Fort­nite team confirmed that the update exceeded their expec­ta­tions and “Fort­nite OG and the orig­i­nal map will be return­ing in 2024.” 

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Isra Yousif
Isra Yousif, Business Manager
Isra Yousif is a junior in her second year of writing for The Verdict. She enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music. Isra is typically described as hardworking. Her favorite story she has written in the past is "Sports in Ramadan" a short article about the struggle and reward Muslim students get from fasting while participating in spring sports. Isra is also the Business Manager and is the Vice President and one of four founders of the Journalism club. Some fun facts about Isra are that her favorite music artist is Frank Ocean & her favorite book is "The Summer I turned pretty" by Jenny Han.

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