What is the Fortnite logo? Well, let’s first explore the game itself. When it comes to video games in the modern world, the possibilities are seemingly endless.
Over the past few decades, two games that broke the mold and became breakaway hits on the market were Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft. Grand Theft Auto Online would further change the landscape of gaming, allowing us to run free in an online world playing against other human competitors, often in heated gunplay or car chases.
Combining the elements
Minecraft allows the player to mine materials from the environment around them and build in three-dimensions. Fortnite combines both elements of these games and has the great Fortnite logo to top it all off.
In this article, we’ll first explore an overview of Fortnite followed by the uniqueness of the game’s logo and a consideration of its history and development.
Fortnite Game Overview
As mentioned above, Fortnite, at its most basic, is Grand Theft Auto Online meets Minecraft. In Fortnite, you are ejected from a party bus floating above an island – an island with a variety of different locations, or towns, each with a unique layout, architecture, and appearance.
Each and every building from within the towns, and even the trees and rocks on the landscape can be smashed down with your mining tool, and harvested for their material, whether brick, wood, or steel. With the materials, the player is able to build structures – weakest being wood and strongest being steel.
Building Your Fortress
The materials that are harvested can be used to build walls around yourself to block incoming bullets or to create cover while you use health-replenishing med-packs or shield potions.
The structures can be as simple as a square box around you with a set of steps to rise up a level to gain some ground over your enemy, or they can be built out into complex and impressive multi-roomed and floored fortresses from where you can gain ground over your opponents.
You can even trap them within a maze of your own making, complete with deadly wall-traps that can be found in the environment and placed in structures.
Maximizing Your Load-Out
In Fortnite, your inventory is referred to as your “load-out”, with the game allowing you to carry up to 5 items of weapons, med-packs, shields, bombs, and porta-fortresses, which are essentially bombs that when ignited, build an immediate fortress around you that can then climbed using bouncing tires.
This gives you ground over your enemies and the ability to bounce off the sides in any direction without damage. Building your load-out is what will determine your success or failure in the game.
Additionally, a carefully balanced mix of close-, medium-, and long-range weapons, plus shields keeps you alive.
The load-out that you choose will determine what you are capable of doing in the game. A load-out of only pistols limits your ability to attack your enemies to close-combat, while assault rifles are useful at medium range, and sniper rifles provide long-range ability.
There are also a variety of special weapons that can be found throughout the game, including rocket launchers and grenade launchers. Each weapon has a color with the colors determining the quality of the weapon and damage it does. In ascending order, the colors are gray, green, blue, purple, and gold.
Watch Out for the Storm
In Fortnite, players are prevented from “camping” which is holding up in a single location for the entire game in hopes of out-surviving the other players.
Fortnite has the “storm eye”. Like the concept used in the popular movie series “The Hunger Games”, the players must be in a particular zone at a particular time, and if not, they are damaged and ultimately killed by being outside the zone of play. Outside the zone of play is the storm.
The storm moves about and shrinks during the game, requiring the players to relocate and thus encounter and battle one another.
There are a wide variety of styles that can be chosen to employ in Fortnite, ranging from the gatherer who eludes battle and hopes to win by the other players dying in the storm, to the hyper-aggressive hunter who gathers weapons mainly by killing other players and taking their load-outs.
The style of play that you choose is purely personal, and either can be equally effective, but the hunter style of game-play results in your abilities growing at a faster rate as you use them more often. The most enjoyable style of play, however, is personal, so try them all out and determine which style of game-play best suits you.
Logo Design and History
The Fortnite logo has varied in its appearance throughout its history, beginning as a relatively simple text logo. In time, the logo would evolve from only letters into a relatively complex image containing a variety of components including the peaks of towers, castles, and even the top of carnival tents.
The logo design is now a graphic that has become closely linked with the game and brand. Each element of the logo communicates to the player an element within the game.
The text “Fortnite” is built within a graphic logo that depicts the gaming content. The center of the Fortnite logo is a tall fort, presumably the leading fort in the game, the one that must be targeted to take the victory royale in the battle royale competition.
Beside the large fort is a satellite dish with various communication posts scattered throughout the playing world to exhibit the coordination of the players in the game. There is a hill topped by an umbrella in the next graphic element of the logo.
Satellite dishes and communication towers scattered throughout the game provide the player with a source of weapons, treasure chests, and advantageous high ground.
Two different types of trees are drawn into the logo – pointed pine trees and rounded trees. The round trees can be landed on while the pine trees cannot.
The Fortnite logo is capable of communicating to the player a variety of elements of the game-play that is in place within Fortnite. The lead tower communicates the importance of establishing a sound fortress to defend in the larger game modes.
The trees underline the importance of mining materials and taking cover, with the structures shown in the logo demonstrate what the player can build with their materials.
The hill-like shape of the Fortnite logo is also illustrative of the “king-of-the-hill” concept of the battle royale game mode in which solo, duo, or squad teams of 4 players compete for domination among a total population of 100 players per game.
Fortnite Logo Evolution
Fortnite has undergone a relatively broad revolution in terms of the Fortnite logo design. We’ll consider a few of the main iterations of the logo that we’ve seen that led to the current version we explored above with the hill atop the tall fortress.
The earliest design of the Fortnite logo was simply the text “Fortnite”. This allowed the game to be marketed purely on word-of-mouth by people in the know, but to advertise the game to people who have not played it, the logo would have to evolve a bit into a more representative image that communicates more about the game.
After the text-only logo, Fortnite would then present a logo in which the name of the game is written in planks that have been assembled together to make the letters.
Evolution of games = evolution of logo
This element of the imagery communicated to the viewer that things are built with wood in the game. This was further reinforced by the addition of three words, “Create. Collaborate. Defend”.
This was from an earlier iteration of the game in which players built forts together to fight against hordes of zombies and collaborating on their defense.
As the game evolved and the battle royale mode of player-versus-player emerged, the Fortnite logo again evolved.
The battle royale mode of Fortnite is what most resembles Grand Theft Auto Online, and also received its own logo, which is the text “Fortnite” and the text “Battle Royale”, with a pair of military-style dog tags draped over the lettering for “Battle Royale”.
This logo is for the game mode that has propelled Fortnite to the front of the modern multi-player gaming pack. Outside of the plain text and the wooden text logo, this communicates a mode, while the current and new Fortnite logo communicates the spirit of the game and more of the possibilities that are in store for the player.
Fortnite Logo: Conclusion
Fortnite has grown to become an extremely popular game. Its creative and comprehensive graphic logo communicates the content of the game to potential players. The logo, like the game, has undergone change and evolution to better appeal to its fans and potential fans.
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