Note: We’re acutely aware that Fortnite is, indeed, a game with a 2017 soft-launch into early access, but we decided that given the constantly shifting landscape of Fortnite, the fact it is fundamentally different when compared to this time last year, along with its clear cultural significance, it should be eligible for this year’s consideration.
Fortnite, whether you like it or not, has become near-synonymous with gaming itself if you’re on the outside looking in. It’s a cultural phenomenon that transcends itself and the medium that has fostered it for its life-cycle so far. Epic has done an amazing job of letting their battle royale darling evolve according to what their devoted fanbase demands, 2018 has been an onslaught of new content, an ever-changing metagame and the game’s emergence as a titan of pop-culture.
It’s everywhere. And though not all coverage is exactly positive, its impact is undeniable. You spot some kid flossing at a shopping centre and try to think of anything other than Fortnite these days. Even with a worthy challenger in Blackout, Fortnite continues to go from strength to strength and shows no sign of slowing into the new year.