Sorry, Zuk. “Fortnite” has always been the “true” metaverse.

Virtual offices. Floating bodies, without legs. The Mark Zuckerberg VR. I was also skeptical about metaverse like everyone else Fortnite brought me out of this disillusionment. It showed me that not only is the metaverse already there, it’s already awesome – whatever dystopia Zuckerberg is trying to sell you.

I don’t know what this did. This could be the part where Goku comes from Dragon Ball Z box hits the grid. Or maybe it was the time someone killed me while I was fidgeting to figure out the fire controls, then spent several minutes taming a boar in a nearby bioluminescent forest. Then my virtual assassin flew away with the help of one of the machine guards from… the matrix like a portable glider. It was a dizzying display of bizarre things suddenly coming together and leaving my jaw on the floor as I watched it play on my TV.

One thing is clear: Fortnite is not really a video game. It is a virtual meeting space where a video game takes place around and it’s more accessible than anything that requires a VR headset like Meta’s Horizon Worlds Where VRChat. It is completely free and available on every gaming device and phone in the world.

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It’s like Borrow player one it was good

People seem to have forgotten him Fortnite was originally a game about build outposts to survive hordes of monsters. Ever since I had a Battle Royale mode in 2017 (where 100 players fall on a map and fight until only one is left), the game has been a bit of a mystery to me. I blinked and all of a sudden this weird game that came out with little fanfare and got a trendy mode enormous less than a year later. I played it for a while in 2018 because it was free and I had nothing better to do, but I just thought it was a decent video game. I never thought it would become the leading internet dating destination.

And then it started. In 2018, developer Epic Games briefly added Marvel villain Thanos as a playable threat in Fortnite and the barrage began. In the past four years, like a snowball that caused an avalanche, friends of mine I have never the thought would be Fortnite people have become…Fortnite people, including our dear former Mashable game guru Adam Rosenberg. My social feeds ended up being filled with downright hilarious screenshots of Thanos’ dabbing and videos of things like a virtual avatar of Hollywood wrestler and powerhouse John Cena riding the titular dragon of DBZ.

When the avalanche consumed me completely and I moved Fortnite on my PlayStation, I finally started to realize that everything that happens in the Battle Royale portion of the experience doesn’t matter that much. Sure, winning is good, but it’s secondary to Goku, John Cena, Darth Vader, and . to see street fighter‘s Ryu does two-year TikTok dances before or after a lightsaber duel.

You can easily explore the huge map (with cities, islands, the aforementioned glowing forest, deserts and more) and do quests to unlock more skins and crazy accessories. You can go “fishing”. You can get in a car with a working radio station and just take a drive through the countryside, or do the same with a boat in one of the huge lakes on the map. It’s not enough as social as something like that VRChat; you can’t just voice chat with just anyone (just friends you’ve added to your party), meaning much of the socializing takes place in the form of dancing. But honestly, talking to strangers online can be a drag anyway, so I don’t mind too much.

Epic adds new items to the map several times a year and updates the in-game store daily with new skins that you can buy with real money, which is the only part of Fortniteis the wild metaverse I don’t like. Having to spend a few bucks to be Goku was a bummer. There was even a Balenciaga haute couture collaboration with branded skins on sale. But Epic made $9 billion in revenue in just two years, so I can’t blame the company for doing it that way. And the good news is that you can access every part of the map and participate in the real one Game part of Fortnite free, without any restrictions.

And then we haven’t even mentioned the crazy concerts they gave with artists like Ariana Grande and Travis Scott. Everything works because the ultimate goal is to to amuse oneself, whatever you choose to do. No one claims that Fortnite is going to revolutionize dating or sports, or work meetings, as so many VR apps (both Meta and otherwise) have promised to do in the past. However, if someone held meetings in FortniteI would be impressed.

Regardless of whether Fortnite doesn’t have the best shooting controls or anything like that; there is simply no other game or app that offers this experience on any game console or mobile device you could own.

But Meta always wins in the end

Well, all the devices except those Meta is counting on to spread the word about his version of the Metaverse. so far, Fortnite has taken over every gaming ecosystem except VR, but rumor has it that may change soon.

A tweet from Fortnite Leaker HYPEX said there was language in a recent game update that indicated support for: Meta Quest headsets sometimes on the line. As much as I’d like to position Fortnite as a good version of the (perhaps incorrectly) much reviled Horizon Worlds app from Meta, it would definitely be a hit if Fortnite received support from Quest.

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While I and others have complained that Mark Zuckerberg is trying to force us to wear VR headsets for work, it’s a good idea to Fortnite on the Quest market. Heck, that would probably even be fun to play since Fortnite is a fun and crazy time wherever you play it. VR support added for Fortnite would only cement it as the one and only metaverse.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m having Vegeta dab after he crashes a speedboat onto a fishing pier.

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