Epic’s Minecraft-inspired Fortnite a PC exclusive

PC exclusives are rare in the gaming industry, but Epic is cooking up one based on the next-generation Unreal Engine 4. In recent years, the studio has been perhaps best known for its Gears of War franchise. Fortnite looks very different from those gritty, cover-based shooters. A batch of screenshots posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun show off Fortnite‘s stylized graphics, which have a whimsical vibe and appear to use more colors than all the Gears games put together.

Billed as a co-op sandbox survival game, Fortnite has hints of Minecraft mixed in with its fancy graphics. Indeed, Epic designer Lee Perry has credited the delightfully low-fi sandbox building game for inspiring Fortnite, at least in part. Here’s what Epic has to say about the gameplay:

In Fortnite, players will explore, forage, collaborate and build by day in their own dynamic and expanding world. At night, they’ll work together to defend their prized fortress from the forces of darkness.

Rather than building anything, as one can do in Minecraft, Fortnite will focus on structures—forts, if you will. Folks attending the Fortnite panel at Comic-Con in San Diego got a preview of the game’s building system, which seems to be fairly advanced based on this account over at Polygon. Weapons and structures can both be modified. Also, Design Director Cliff Bleszinski said that Rube Goldberg-style traps are a “kind of no-brainer” for future versions of the game. Epic appears intent on updating Fortnite after the initial release.

Fortnite sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and I’m digging the cartoonish aesthetic. The game is due to be released some time next year. You can check out all the screenshots in the gallery below.

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    • fellix
    • 7 years ago

    I think the developer of this title may have been inspired not just by Minecraft. There is a very popular mod pack for the L4D games, used in many dedicated servers, that allows the players to “spawn” objects right in the game, like fences, vehicles, props, etc., and build random structures and fortifications. The system has some notable limitations, like the fact that the objects are nondestructive, but in combination with Survival mode it becomes very engaging and funny game-play, with the right people for the session and all the zombie hordes scrambling to overcome the walls. I think, with a proper physics model and a friendly, but flexible interface, this could gain some attention. The multilayer model is also crucial for the success.

    Have some L4D fun here: [url<]http://l-k-s.gameme.com/[/url<]

    • axeman
    • 7 years ago

    cliffy b!

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Neat, still three generations away from my game idea though.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    As said before in other places, there is no real “exclusive”. It’s a term as misused as “beta” these days; which has become a glorified term for “demo” or “early-access-to-encourage-you-to-preorder”.

    It will be PC exclusive for 6-12 months, then “Fortnite XL” will be announced for Wii, 360 and PS3; Fortnite “go” will be announced for Vita; and Fortnite 3d will be announced for the 3DS.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    I’d love to see a mixture of minecraft, and orcs must die. excellent tower defence, and then some gathering/environment changing.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      Ever play Terraria?

        • Saber Cherry
        • 7 years ago

        You know what’s sad? Terraria’s music is better than Diablo 3’s music.

        But, yeah. Try Terraria and Dwarf Fortress.

          • Jambe
          • 7 years ago

          It is, although D2’s music was also better than D3’s. Matt Uelmen went over to Runic to work on Torchlight (and now Torchlight 2).

        • Jambe
        • 7 years ago

        I wish each registered user got a weekly allotment of thumbs, because I would spend them all thumbing this post up. Terraria is $2.50 right now or a ridiculous $7.50 for a four-pack.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        yeah, i own it. i’d like a 3d one though 🙂

    • redwood36
    • 7 years ago

    hmmm this may convince me to upgrade from my ol’ 285 if this is as fun as left 4 dead.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 7 years ago

    Oh please oh please oh please don’t screw this up.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      …pretty pretty please?

      Minecraft is wonderful, and all I’ve wanted since it came out was someone with a budget to take that concept and flesh it out a lot more. I don’t even mind the Minecraft engine, I’d just love it to have more purpose and less annoying details.

        • Washer
        • 7 years ago

        Someone with a budget… like Mojang? They’re ridiculously flush with cash at this point.

          • Beelzebubba9
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah that’s the extra funny part about all of this. 🙂 I still don’t really know why Notch didn’t just take his piles of cash and make Minecraft into a much more polished game.

    • Farting Bob
    • 7 years ago

    Sounds really good, but everytime i hear about cool sounding games “coming out next year hopefully” i know it will change a tonne in that time and it’ll be a really average game i’d play for an afternoon and get bored.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    I think the idea of games made for ‘platforms’ is undergoing some major rethinking. Consoles are not going to be able to claim exclusivity for certain games for much longer. With so many platform choices (Windows RT, 8, Phone Mobile, Mac OS, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, PS4, Vita, 3DS, WiiU, Xbox 8 and maybe even Linux), game developers are not going to lose the chance to make more money by releasing their game for just one platform.

      • SoM
      • 7 years ago

      i’m sure they will go exclusive, just depends who offers more $$$

      • TakinYourPoints
      • 7 years ago

      I think this is one reason why Steam is moving to a cross-platform model.

      Steam has been on OS X for over two years now, they got a version of sorts for the PS3, and rumors of Steam for Linux desktop launching this year are pretty strong. Gaben mentioned publicly that he’s personally involved with the team developing Steam for Linux right now, plus he hasn’t made a secret of his dislike for Microsoft and Windows 8.

    • grantmeaname
    • 7 years ago

    Minecraft + Left 4 Dead = Win.

      • Jason181
      • 7 years ago

      Or Minecraft + Left 4 Dead + Cliffy B. = Win. 🙂

      While the jury’s still out on Cliff Bleszinski as a person, he’s got a pretty good track record.

      Edit: Bleszinski is hard to spell!

      • ultima_trev
      • 7 years ago

      I’d say it looks more like Team Fortress 2 + Left 4 Dead…

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