Yesterday it was revealed that the Chinese Fortnite the “test” server closes on November 15th. The game, which existed as a completely different version of the popular Battle Royale, is likely to be shut down due to financial reasons. The game had still not received approval from government authorities in China, and the cost of keeping the servers alive probably led to the decision to shut it down.
While new accounts for the Fortnite test server can no longer be created, players who have already invested will spend the next two weeks enjoying an experience that will soon be lost. We reached out to some of these players to learn more about their experience with the server, how they learned the news, and what’s happening now.
We first reached out to a user named Joker_BaiYi. They started playing Fortnite back around October 2018 when their friends had played previous versions of the game. Today, they have played around 4,800 hours on the global version of Fortnite and 1,010 hours in Fortnite’s Chinese test server.
Joker is a core creator of the official Fortnite China website and as such creates videos and streams around the game for the community. As part of what they describe as the “core group”, they were among the first to hear that something was going to happen.
“First, the leader of our core group suddenly said there was a very important news to announce, we thought it was something else. Later, I was busy packing to go back to school when I saw someone broadcast the news. about the server shutdown, which I thought was fake because that kind of news comes in from time to time. “
“It was only when the players started making a big deal about it that I went to the official website to check it out and finally confirmed that it would actually be shut down. Everyone was basically crying.”
In response to the news, the core group, including the Joker, decided to release a number of creative islands that would record player messages, in hopes of keeping a record of farewell messages from players on the server.
“I was in charge of the construction [the creative islands]. I had the livestream on at the time, and after I built, I played horde rush. For probably the whole afternoon I was there talking to everyone. Nothing happened until I clicked on the end screen. That [showed] ‘Are you sure you want to quit Fortnite’ and we all cried. Some things that are usually very common become especially valuable at this point. ”
Fortnite’s Chinese test server was not only enjoyed by those living in China, it stood out as a unique version of Battle Royale, which some from abroad also enjoyed playing. One such player is Garrett – a US-based 17-year-old C # – and Java developer who had been playing Fortnite China for some time when the news fell. They first entered Fortnite during the 2018 rocket launch event, but were drawn to Fortnite’s Chinese test server due to its many differences, stemming from strict rules for what games may contain in China.
“My main feature was the many censorship changes Epic made to prevent the game from being either rejected or delayed in its release compared to global versions. I was also attracted to it because it gave me a break from the main game and gave me new goals to frame.”
“[I was] fascinated by what they changed, in what ways, it looked better, etc., etc. And also because I’m a Fortnite content miner, they also included things that should not be known at the time because of the differences. ” They point to the Taskmaster skin that was shown in public without the classic skull face that the skin had around the world).
Garrett has since invested up to 7,500 hours in the Chinese version of Fortnite. It was yesterday, along with the rest of the public, that they learned about the fate of the server via the Fortnite Weibo page.
“I was not shocked, from the start Epic had said it was a test, it was never a“ launch. ”I was very confused, even though I knew Epic had recently sent some bug fixes to Fortnite.
“I decided to upload it because when Tencent stops allowing the game to be downloaded from WeGame, those assets will be lost to the public. Sure, Epic will still have them, but for the public, the only thing we have is tweets about “So now people can make 3D renderings of the changed cosmetics, look through what had not been posted since FNCN released, etc.”
Garrett will still play Fortnite, and is sure most of the players on Fortnite’s Chinese test server will too, but believes Epic should take action to help ease the blow for Chinese Fortnite players. “I hope Epic finds it in them to take the time to at least refund Fortnite China players on Global Fortnite with the exclusive items, as they will no longer be available.”
Joker is one such person who plans to continue playing Fortnite when the server goes down through the global version, but is focused on spending the next few days sending the Chinese version of.
“What the community is doing now is saying a proper goodbye to FNCN, and members of our core group are helping them in this endeavor.”