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Fortnite alpha signups are now live, confirmed as free-to-play

Posted on April 8, 2014 AT 12:09pm

Epic Games has launched the official website for their co-operative third-person shooter Fortnite and opened sign-ups for an upcoming alpha.

To apply, all you need to do is fill out a quick, 10-question form that asks about your basic info and gaming habits, including your familiarity with major properties like Call of Duty, Minecraft, Skyrim, and Grand Theft Auto V. There’s no word on when the alpha will begin or how many players will be invited to participate.

First announced during the 2011 Spike VGAs, Fortnite sees players teaming up to build bases by day and defend them against hordes of monsters by night, using items scavenged from the environment to help both goals.

The game will also be the focus of Game Informer’s imminent May issue, so you can expect to hear a whole lot more about it in the coming days. We’ve already learned a few small tidbits, like fact that the game will have an RPG-style progression system, multiple campaigns, procedurally generated environments, and some form of PvP. Perhaps most importantly, Fortnite has also been confirmed as Epic’s first free-to-play title, something that was long speculated but never announced.

One of the biggest lingering questions? The project was originally pegged as a PC exclusive, with then-design director Cliff Bleszinski citing the steep hardware requirements necessary to deliver on the game’s dynamic design. It’ll be interesting to see whether that has changed now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are out and their capabilities are better known.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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