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'Fortnite' now taking alpha sign-ups, gameplay elements revealed

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Fortnite reappears as a free-to-play title for the PC. (Epic Games)

Epic Games' Fortnite hit the cover of Game Informer on Monday and the developer also began taking sign-ups for closed alpha testing for the Unreal Engine 4 powered free-to-play PC title.

Those interested in signing up for the alpha test should head over to the official site where you'll need to fill out a brief survey of the games you like to play and the systems you currently own.

Fortnite has been kept closely under wraps for most of the past year as Epic Games has quietly refined the original vision of the third-person shooter that combines elements of the now-classic Horde mode and with building elements from games like Minecraft. The game sends players out to collect building materials during the day to construct forts but then pits the players and their creations against waves of nocturnal monsters.

More ingredients have been added to the stew though including an RPG-like progression system, Diablo-like looting, multiple campaigns of varying lengths, procedurally generated worlds and even PvP battles.

First revealed in 2011, Fortnite is expected to be released sometime in 2014. If it follows the typical free-to-play model, it will go through various stages of alpha and beta testing before opening the game up to everyone while still calling it beta until it is officially released.

There's no word on if Fortnite will creep over to the PS4 or Xbox One consoles yet.