This game is rated PEGI 12
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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.
This simple play mechanic creates knife-edge finales when just a few players are left in the eye of the storm. Along with an ongoing commitment to adding narrative, geographical, weapon and outfits enhancements the developer has build a huge audience of online players.
Although often bemoaned in the press, Fortnite is a healthy game that encourages "soft" skills like smart thinking, social interaction, planning and strategy as well as "harder" skills like quick reactions and hand-eye coordination.
Fortnite also includes a wide range of other activities as well as the shooting gunplay. There are online concerts, building games and other modes like Prophunt where players can transform into items in the world (bushes, doors, toilets, tractors) and then have the seeker players try and find them.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online. Split-screen is available for two players to compete in online matches on PlayStation and Xbox.
Cross-Play: You can play against people on different systems: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Mobile.
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.
You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. You can buy Loot Llamas using V-Bucks, these offer unseen items when opened. Recently these have been changed to show players what it inside them before purchase. However, if you earn the Llamas through playing the game rather than purchase you can't see inside beforehand.
You can purchase the Fortnite Crew subscription for £9.99/$11.99 a month. This provides a Battle Pass for the full season, 1,000 V-Bucks each month and an exclusive "outfit bundle" each month.
Fortnite provides parental controls (protected by a PIN) in the game to turn off mature in text chat, accepting friend requests, hiding names, turn off voice or text chat. It also offers weekly play reports. These are in addition to those controls provided on the console you are playing on.
Skill Rating9-13 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
Account RatingAccount required for online play that has 12 years old as minimum age. The age of your PlayStation account for the player of the game needs to be 12 or older. It's not possible to change the age of a PlayStation account after it has been created, and moving to a new account will lose items and progress in the game. The solution is to get Epic customer support to unlink the Epic account from your PlayStation account so you can link it to a new PlayStation account with the appropriate age.
You also need to enable Communication and User Generated Content in Network Features section of Parental Controls for the PlayStation account wanting to play the game. This grants access to see other players content and is required to play Fortnite. Otherwise you will get the error: "The playstation network account does not meet the minimum age requirements to play."
You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
There is some reading required. Subtitles for in-game narration.
Sensitivity and button mapping is extensive with many options. You can opt to toggle rather than hold for sprinting and to tap rather than hold to interact. You can also get doors and pick-ups to happen automatically.
There's a setting to visualise audio cues via a circular overlay that shows the player the direction of any sounds nearby. It also includes icons and colours to give a visual representation of this audio information.
Control music, effects and chat volume independently. Audio cues offer direction and proximity of other players as well as wider activity in the area.
Our Fortnite Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
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