As most people know, Fortnite wasn’t always a Battle Royale game. The original game had a long and complex backstory, that has had impacts on Fortnite BR.

Fortnite as we know it today is the product of one of the most insanely successful pivots in gaming history.

Epic Games was a relatively smaller studio best known for the Gears of War series and its incredibly successful Unreal game engine.

About two years ago at this time, Epic Games was working on a complex third-person shooter/survival game called Fortnite: Save the World.

The game had an anticipatory following and had been in development for years with the first trailer being released all the way back in 2011.

To fund that game, Epic had been licensing out their Unreal engine to other developers in a variety of genres. The engine was – and still is – considered one of the best in the industry.

One developer who wanted to use that engine was a Korean company named Bluehole.

They needed it to make a full-fledged game based off of a mod to Arma 2 created by Brendan Greene.

Greene is better known as his online handle: PlayerUnknown. Bluehole was creating PUBG, a game that would help mainstream the Battle Royale format and make it the hottest game category for the next two years.

Over at Epic’s studio, they see their engine being used for an absurdly popular title, and they wanted in.

They took the team that had been working on Save The World and transfered the majority of them over to working on a new offshoot, Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Just six months after PUBG released, Fortnite BR came out and stole a lot of the player base from its predecessor.

There is a lot more on that relationship between Bluehole, Epic and the Unreal Engine, but right now I want to focus on the complex backstory Epic had been working on since 2011. It’s a backstory that is deep, interesting and has only scratched the surface of manifesting itself in Fortnite Battle Royale.

What does the Fortnite universe look like?

This article was inspired by a popular post on Reddit that does a more comprehensive look at some of the key events that have happened in BR and more info from STW.

That post is here, and I encourage reading it. It is quite long though, and if you want a summary, I will have one at the bottom with more information on some key points.

The creator of the post wrote an edit after publishing that said they made some mistakes and didn’t explain some concepts out fully.

That is to be expected when dealing with something like multi-verses, but I still feel like there are things that can be learned through this post and despite some possible inaccuracies, the post is mostly correct.

The Entire Story and How the Fortnite Rifts/Multiverse Works (I promise you didn’t know some of this stuff) from r/FortNiteBR

If you read all of that, I commend you. I’ll go into some key points worth highlighting, but first, let’s go over the edits and why the creator of the post felt the need to make them.

The problems with this post

The reason why people called out inaccuracies, and why the original poster (OP) admitted to them, was because the OP made a couple jumps in logic but presented them as fact.

We don’t know if the iceberg in Season 7 came out of a rift from another dimension. Yes, it did appear right at the same time the cube went crazy, but we can’t say definitively the cube sent the ice storm.

A shard of the cube was attached to the Ice King and the Ice Monsters shared a ton of similarities with the Cube Monsters, so it’s entirely reasonable that the two are connected to some larger story. But we don’t know that for certain.

Another educated guess not entirely correct is when the OP says that all the people in the in-between are people from Fortnite games.

The servers absolutely would not be able to handle that, so they aren’t millions of people, but they may still represent that. If you were playing squads of duos at this time, you may remember seeing your mate in this area.

Everyone saw the screen at the same time, so the goal was likely to represent that everyone had traveled there, it just isn’t correct to say what you see in that moment was literally other players who also could see you.

Just taking some educated guesses at the story and it’s connections is totally valid, and I feel like the OP gave away credibility by calling their own post “crummy.”

I read every single comment on the post and the majority of the 225 are positive. The negative ones accuse the OP of either not adding anything to the conversation, or making educated guesses but presenting them as fact.

The educated guesses are entirely reasonable to make and the post clearly provided interesting info to enough people to reach the top half of the front page, so it is not worth writing off in its entirety.

The best parts of the post

For people unfamiliar with the backstory, the links provided in this post are great resources. The Canny Valley story from Save the World, the infographic of the known history of The Cube and the video presenting the arrival of The Cube are all solid sources of information.

There are also some breaks of both humor and nostalgia as the post revisits events from past seasons.

The information itself is solid, especially as it relates to the cube and the multi-verse theories more directly adapted from Save The World. It only gets into educated guess territory towards the end when thinking about the Ice and Fire Kings.

It serves as a good overview showing what we know so far, and for people who don’t follow the story line in Fortnite religiously, you will probably learn something new.

It’s fun to speculate on the future of the game, and this post provides a great jumping off point for a variety of conversations.

What do you think? Did you learn something new?

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Mitch is a writer who used to be a sports broadcaster. When not playing or writing about Fortnite he also plays too much Rocket League and Hearthstone. You can see more of Mitch's work by following his Twitter @Mitch_Reames. Feel free to pitch stories you want to see him cover by tweeting at him or sending him a DM.