'​Fortnite' Surpasses 200 Million Players As Mysterious Winter Cloud Approaches

Epic Games has reached another impressive milestone with its money making machine-baby, Fortnite.

As reported by Bloomberg, over 200 million people have now played Fortnite Battle Royale or Save the World, since the Battle Royale mode launched in September last year.

Incredibly, that's a 60% increase in player base since Epic last revealed figures, back in June. That means Fortnite has managed to pull in over 75 million new players in the last five or six months. So, who said it's dying?

And let's not forget why it's so damn popular: Fortnite is free. The Battle Royale game mode is, anyway.

Another reason for the immense hype and success is thanks to Fortnite being constantly updated, whether it be new skins, game modes, weapons or Seasons. And it looks like the latter is beginning its inevitable transition.

As Season 7 approaches, so does winter. Christmas, and its conventional sub-zero temperatures, is slowly creeping into Battle Royale island, with icy breath and thin layers of snow beginning to cover high-up locations. Viking Village is looking real festive, and real cold.

It all kicked off around a week ago, when a mysterious, mammoth cloud began its voyage toward the island. What it'll bring, or what it'll do, is currently unclear.

Unlike previous Season pass-overs, the switch between 6 and 7 doesn't seem as dramatic. Notable events, like Kevin the Cube and his integral role in telling Fortnite's story, are undeniably missing.

That doesn't mean Season 7 won't offer something big, though, such as brand-new locations or major events. It's just that, so far, it all seems a little underwhelming. I guess players will just have to sit tight, and look forward to the storm cloud arriving. And yes, only Fortnite could make you say that.

What do you think about this news? Do you still play Fortnite? Are you looking forward to Christmas celebrations? What could the cloud do? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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