With the popularity of Fortnite, you’d think that it’s natural that it would also be available in China. Well, it is, but that’s ending this month of November. Registrations are being closed off from potential new players today, and the servers themselves will go on 15 November.
The announcement came via the game’s official Chinese website. And pretty abruptly too, as the post looks to have been made yesterday. The page also bills the Chinese version of Fortnite as a test. And it’s not technically wrong, owing to its limited run.
According to the Fortnite China official website, Fortnite China has come to an end.
"The test of 'Fortress Night' has come to an end. We will shut down the server in the near future. -" pic.twitter.com/i8T9gcnHWu
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According to PC Gamer, Fortnite in China is very different to the way it is everywhere else. Games were shorter, multiple people could claim victory, and they had a separate health bar for storm damage. V-bucks were also not bought, but earned through challenges despite the battle royale mode itself remaining free to play.
Unsurprisingly, many are attributing to the Fortnite shutdown in China to the country’s hard cracking down on video games. It is possible for that to be one reason, possibly among many. But from the sound of it, it’s just not a game that can profit the companies behind it, being free to play and also not having microtransactions.