In a word, Fortnite China will shut down, The reason for the closure is unknown, but it comes four months after Chinese authorities banned children from playing games for more than 3 hours a week.
Fortnite players in China had a very different experience with the game than their Western counterparts. For example, they couldn’t buy the in-game V Bucks currency, and challenges are only available for 3 hours a day to discourage more lengthy gaming sessions. But that all changed on November 15 because Fortnite China’s servers were shutting down.
The test of “Fortress Night” has come to an end. We will shut down the server shortly,” reads a brief statement on the game’s site. New players will be cut off from signing up to Fortnite, which is called Fortress Night in China, on November 1. Then, on November 15, they will shut the server down.
Fortnite china: Do you paly fornite in china?
Fortnite China (Unofficial name) is a discontinued Chinese Exclusive test version of Fortnite available between April 23, 2018, and November 15, 2021. As the name suggests, the game can only be installed and played (legally) through a Chinese internet provider. As such, the version is not available in the rest of the world. In addition, Fortnite China contains many differences from the regular version, including different Gameplay Mechanics, Art Assets, and Censored Content.
It is unclear when the Chinese version of Fortnite was released, as updates to the game are usually kept separate from the rest of the game, and Chinese Internet Laws result in very little information known about the version. However, it was most likely released on April 23, 2021, during Season 5. The only information known is through rough translations and some gameplay clips. The game contains both Save the World and Battle Royale in the same client, but mobile versions without Save the World exist too, like in the regular version. New users can no longer register on November 1, 2021, and the servers will shut down on November 15, 2021, during Chapter 2: Season 8.
Fortnite in China is a very different game than Fortnite in the rest of the world. Epic Games has made tons of changes to its battle royale to appeal to its Chinese market and laws around video games.
Chinese Fortnite sports some significant differences, most notably the lack of purchasable V-Bucks, as microtransactions are outlawed in China. Another difference is the visual alterations to various unlockable cosmetics, like the famous Crackshot skin.
While the game had had plenty of players land in for a few games, it is set to be no more.
According to a new post on Fortnite China’s website, they will shut down the game’s servers in China for good. A translation of the website revealed that registrations for new Fortnite accounts would cease on November 1, then servers in China will go down on November 15.
Fortnite in China never took off in popularity as it did in the rest of the world, as Epic Games could never properly monetize the game the way they have in other regions. The major roadblock for Epic was China’s outlawing of microtransactions, which the country never budged on, leaving them no space to make a profit.
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Without a workaround, the remaining Fortnite players in China won’t enjoy the game after November 15, so hopefully, they are getting their last few matches in.
Have you ever played Fornite China?
A critical difference between Battle Royale in China and the rest of the world is that the game is easier to win and aids new and struggling players significantly more.
- When a player gets a high amount of eliminations in a single game, they are offered the opportunity to leave that match, but mark the game as a Victory Royale on their Career. This enables players to win without eliminating the final player, and also gives less skilled players a chance to win by themselves.
- The game will end after 20 minutes, and all remaining players will receive a Victory Royale, rather than a single winner being granted it. This allows less skilled players to achieve wins more easily.
- Players do not lose HP in The Storm, rather they have a separate ‘storm health’ bar. This bar will slowly tick down when in the Storm, and it can only be recharged once out of it. If the storm bar reaches zero the player will be eliminated. This allows players with low HP to survive the storm easily, but they cannot heal to increase its timer.
- There are no Limited Time Modes or Arena Modes, aside from special occasions such as Lunar New Year.
- After 90 Minutes of playtime (3 hours on Weekends), players receive no more XP and cannot complete challenges. Instead they are prompted to go study.
There are two reasons these changes exist. The first is the market competition upon the launch of Battle Royale. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was dominant in China before Fortnite’s release, and as such, Fortnite has been toned down and made much easier to introduce new players to the game. The second reason is that Chinese Law prevents players from playing for more than 90 minutes on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends for under 18-year-olds.
As a result, many changes are made to keep players active and reduce the number of matches they can play. This is why games only last 20 minutes maximum, and players are encouraged to disconnect when they reach a high elimination count. This is also why Arena and LTMs do not exist, as these live to keep players playing for more time, or having limited time modes locks players out who cannot play them due to the 90 minute / 3-hour time limit.