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Why did Fortnite Steal your Boyfriend?

Whether you’re a frustrated S.O., parent of a gaming addict, or maybe I’m talking about you, there’s a passionate crowd of mixed reactions when the game Fortnite comes up. But with the new re-addition of the original game map upon the game’s release, a wave of nostalgia has suddenly stolen gamers’ attention…in a good way.

Since Fortnite was first released in 2017, its popularity skyrocketed after the initial release of the game. Although conceptually, battle royales are nothing novel for shooter games, Fortnite didn’t reinvent the wheel. Contrary to public opinion surrounding Fortnite since its release and whether or not it was just an off-branded PUBG “dupe,” this third-person battle royale introduced a seemingly bizarre and new mechanic to the game: building.

Every shooter game beforehand (and even some today) required players to compete against skill, movement, and aim generally. The concept of spontaneous building on top of skill-based shooting and loot-collecting became a newfound aspect of competition among players. Since building structures provide players with the advantage of high-ground, shielding, and recovery time when you’re forced into a match-up, battle royales added a new aspect of game sense and mechanics.

Fortnite Game play. Photo from Flickr

So why is Fortnite’s popularity skyrocketing again…now? The popularity of other major shooter video games, such as Valorant, Overwatch, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege, has remained relatively stagnant and maintained their fanbase consistently through the years. Despite these games’ occasional gaming reworks, seasonal passes, and new events for players, nothing compares to Fortnite’s recent re-addition of their 2017 OG map. Suddenly, nothing’s more important than hitting three consecutive victory royales on a Friday night.

In the gaming community, there hasn’t been as big of a “rookie” shooter game as Fortnite. Though people argued that Valorant was the “next” Fortnite, Fortnite’s recent map addition and overnight (re)success proves Valorant’s existence is merely in the shadow of a battle royale.

But why’s this new (old) map such a big deal anyway?

Ever since its release in 2017, the same players who used to play Fortnite during the prime of its release now have the opportunity to re-live the hype. Everyone remembers their first Victory Royale, and the old map just brings back a certain feeling of nostalgia for many people’s core childhood memories. Fortnite was one of the most widely appreciated and broadly played shooter games, even becoming a pop culture reference and deeply rooting itself in recent meme culture.

So, the next time you see your S/O getting tilted at Tilted Towers, it’s not you. It’s just Fortnite. But in some sense, it’s also the sensation of jumping from the Battle Bus and landing in your childhood.

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