It’s hard to believe that only a year ago Fortnite was released. Originally a game that had been in development for years, it eventually evolved into one of the most popular games of this generation with the addition of its Battle Royale mode. For the next week until Aug 7, Epic Games is celebrating the release of the original game mode, the Save the World campaign, by giving out some birthday goodies for players.
The publisher announced that starting today, players will be able to participate in an in-game event as a part of the first year celebration. The event tasks players with completing challenges and quests, which will earn them access to special birthday cosmetics. Epic reveals that players will be able to unlock several items, “from the birthday Battle Bus to the sploder husks carrying a tasty surprise.”
The following challenges and quests are available to players during the event:
- Deal 1,000 damage to opponents to unlock the Fortnite Birthday! Emoticon
- Dance at different birthday cakes to unlock the Happy Birthday! Spray
- Play 14 matches to unlock 5,000 XP.
- Complete all 3 challenges to earn the Birthday Cake Back Bling
- Complete the Fortnite Birthday questline in Save the World and earn the Birthday Brigade Ramirez Hero!
- Earn tickets to spend on Birthday Llamas which can contain Heroes and weapons from every event this year (not including quest rewards).
Players who are fans of the game’s Battle Royale mode won’t have to worry about being left out of the celebration. The popular mode will add birthday cakes on the map with consumable slices that give players health and shields. Completing birthday 3 challenges will also unlock special emotes, sprays, and backbling. Last but not least, the battlebus and supply drops will receive cosmetic changes to match the birthday celebration.
For a limited time, players will also have access to the Playground, starting Wednesday, July 25. Epic describes this returning game mode as “a low-pressure environment where friends can let their creativity run wild. Build massive structures. Practice with the weapons and items. Fight against your friends.”
These changes come with Fortnite’s 5.10 update today and last until Aug. 7. You can read the full list of patch notes for the game on Fortnite’s website.