Play Fortnite in virtual reality mode? Until relatively recently, this was an impossible dream. Especially after the bad news that arrived last September regarding the legal problems of Epic Games with different platforms. Now instead it seems that the project Fortnite VR it can become reality shortly.
Since its launch in 2017, Fortnite has become one of the most popular video games. There are many players from all over the world and of all ages who have spent great times playing the mythical Battle Royale or playing as a team to save the world.
Although the number does not stop growing, the number of Fortnite players around the planet far exceeds 200 million. It is said soon. As if that is not enough, the data provided by Epic Games is that the simultaneous player counts reach peaks that exceed 8,3 million. The virtual community created around this game is huge: thousands of content creators fill the internet broadcasting their games on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch, sharing tricks and giving their opinion on the smallest details about the game.
However, the undisputed reign of Fortnite began to falter in August 2020, when the game was removed from the App Store and Play Store for violating its rules. A hard blow. It seemed that the golden days of the game were ending, but they were not. Is more, now the rumor of the imminent launch of Fortnite VR has raised a wave of illusion among its legion of fans and paints a new horizon for the popular game.
More than a rumor?
It was the well-known leaker ChinaBR Toa world authority on Fortnite, who raised the hare. In a mysterious tweet published on October 13 (which he deleted hours later), he leaked some interesting information. The original text in English was as follows:
It seems like Fortnite has added VR-Support for the following devices: HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Oculus Touch & Valve Index
Many strings that refer to these devices have been added to the files. I will take a closer look at this soon.
Quick translation: “It appears that Fortnite has added virtual reality support on the following devices: HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Oculus Touch and Valve Index. Many threads refer to these devices being added to the files. I'll take a closer look at all of this soon.
This was enough to start a veritable tsunami among Fortnite fans across the planet. Are we at the gates of the virtual reality version of Fortnite? It must be emphasized that ShiinaBR is not just any tweeter. In fact, he has served as an unofficial spokesperson for Epic Games many times, so take his words very seriously.
If the above is true, we could soon see a Fortnite VR version in the aforementioned viewers. Unfortunately, there is a lot of silence around this question. The very fact that ShiinaBR backtracked already indicates to us that it may have rushed into its announcement. This may mean that the project is still in its early stages, or that you have to solve some technical fringes before launching into an official presentation. So all we can do is wait.
Of what there is no doubt is the great reception that a Fortnite version for virtual reality devices would have at this time. As soon as the result was acceptable, the sales would be huge. The best example of this is what has happened to the game Population: One.
Population: One, the closest thing to a Fortnite VR
While waiting for the arrival of the desired VR version, Fortnite fans have been able to enjoy all this time a quite worthy substitute to enjoy the excitement of the Battle Royal in virtual reality. Well, at least to be able to try something quite similar. We talk about the popular game Population: One, developed by Big Box VR.
In Population: One you can play in single player mode against bots, or in multiplayer teams through some of the models of VR glasses best known: HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality ...
It is not a secret that one of the reasons that have contributed to popularize this game is its undeniable similarity to Fortnite. For example, the objective of the game is to eliminate members of other teams (and for that we have an impressive array, with weapons ranging from the simplest to the most sophisticated) until only one is left standing.
This connection to Fortnite is even more evident in the construction modes of the game. The player can build walls out of nowhere anywhere, which can help us cover ourselves from enemy shots.
In addition to all this, it should be noted that the games of Population: One are very fast. The action does not last beyond 5-10 minutes. So all the action and excitement are tightly packed into one span of time. For some, a great advantage; for others it could mean the opposite.
In short, all that virtual reality device users can enjoy in this game could be just a small appetizer of what it could bring under its arm the future Fortnite VR. When will it arrive? Impossible to know, but perhaps we will see it much sooner than expected.
The eventual arrival of Fortnite VR will reveal the advantage over Population: One in number of followers. Just take a look at the player and fan figures we referred to at the beginning of the article. A true legion of followers. Obviously, not all of them have VR glasses yet, although that is simply a matter of time. That day it is also possible that both games become fierce rivals. Only one can remain.