Yesterday it was reported that the Chinese Fortress night The “test” server will be shut down on November 15. The game exists as a completely different version of the popular Battle Royale and may be closed for financial reasons. The game has not yet been approved by Chinese government regulators, and the cost of keeping the server running may lead to a decision to shut it down.
Although it is no longer possible to create new accounts for the Fortnite test server, players who have already invested will enjoy the experience they are about to lose in the next two weeks. We contacted some of these players to learn more about their experience on the server, how they heard the news and what is happening now.
We first contacted a user named Joker_BaiYi. They started playing Fortnite around October 2018 because their friends have been playing the first few installments of the game. As of today, they have played approximately 4,800 hours on the global version of Fortnite and 1,010 hours on the Chinese test server of Fortnite.
Joker is the core creator of Fortnite China’s official website, so he makes videos and streaming media around games for the community. As part of what they described as the “core group”, they were one of the first to hear about what was going to happen.
“In the beginning, the person in charge of our core team suddenly said that there was a very important news to announce. We thought it was something else. Later, I was busy packing up things and went back to school. I saw someone sent a server shutdown message. I thought it was. False, because this kind of news will appear every once in a while.”
“Until the players started talking about it, I went to the official website to check and finally confirmed that it will indeed be closed. Basically everyone is crying.”
In response to this news, the core team including the clown decided to release a series of creative islands that record player messages, hoping to record the farewell news of server players.
“I’m in charge of building [the creative islands]. I had a live broadcast at the time, and after I finished the build, I played the tribal sprint. Throughout the afternoon, I was there to talk to everyone. Nothing happened until I clicked to exit the screen.it [showed] “Are you sure you want to quit Fortnite?” We all cried. Some ordinary things become especially valuable at this time. “
Fortnite’s Chinese test server is not only loved by people living in China, but also stands out as a unique version of Battle Royale, and some overseas people also like to play. Garrett is one such player. He is a 17-year-old American C# and Java developer. When the news broke, he had been playing in Fortnite China for a while. They entered Fortnite for the first time during the 2018 rocket launch event, but were attracted by Fortnite’s Chinese test server because many of its differences stem from strict rules on what games China can include.
“Compared to the global version, my main attraction is the many review changes that Epic made to prevent the game from being rejected or delayed. I was also attracted by it because it allowed me to take a break from the main game and give My new goal.”
“[I was] Be fascinated by what they have changed, in what way, it looks better, etc. And, because I’m a data miner of Fortnite content, they also included things that shouldn’t be known at the time because of the differences. They pointed out that the Taskmaster skins on public display do not have the classic skull faces of skins around the world).
Since then, Garrett has invested more than 7,500 hours on the Chinese version of Fortnite. Yesterday, together with other members of the public, they learned about the fate of the server through the Fortnite Weibo page.
“I was not shocked. From the beginning, Epic said that this was a test and it was never a “release.” Although I knew that Epic had just released some bugfixes for Fortnite, I was very confused.
“I decided to upload it because once Tencent stops allowing downloads from WeGame, these assets will be lost to the public. Of course, Epic will still own them, but for the public, the only thing we have is the past tweets. So now People can perform 3D rendering of changed cosmetics, view content that has not been released since the release of FNCN, etc.”
Garrett will still play Fortnite, and it is certain that most players on the Fortnite China test server will also, but he believes that Epic should take action to help alleviate the blow to Chinese Fortnite players. “I do hope that Epic can find exclusive items on Global Fortnite that will take the time to at least compensate Fortnite Chinese players on Global Fortnite because they will no longer be available.”
Joker is such a person who plans to continue playing Fortnite after the server closes the global version, but he focuses on sending the Chinese version in the next few days.
“What the community is doing now is saying goodbye to FNCN, and members of our core team are assisting them in this work.”