Fortnite celebrates its first anniversary with a limited-time Birthday event

Fortnite Battle Royale went live in late September 2017, but Fortnite as it was originally conceived—a base-building zombie defense game, kind of a mashup of Minecraft and Left 4 Dead—came out on July 25. That means that the first anniversary is less than one week away, and Epic isn't letting the birthday pass without a party. 

A limited-time event celebrating the big day will kick off on July 24, giving players the opportunity to earn special cosmetic items by completing birthday-themed challenges and quests. Dealing 1000 damage to opponents will unlock the Fortnite Birthday! emoticon, dancing in front of ten different birthday cakes will get you the Happy Birthday! spray, and playing 14 matches will earn you 5000 XP. Complete all three challenges and you'll also get the Birthday Cake Back Bling.  

In Save the World mode, the Birthday Brigade Ramirez Hero can be earned by completing the Fortnite Birthday questline, and there will be special Birthday Llamas up for grabs that can contain heroes and weapons (but not quest rewards) from every event this year.

Fortnite's first birthday party will run until August 7. Don't be late. 

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.