Epic: Fortnite is "Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead"

Founder Tim Sweeney says PC game is blend of genres with Pixar art style, confirms studio also working on unannounced AAA shooter.

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has described upcoming PC online game Fortnite as "Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead."

Speaking at Develop this week, reported by Eurogamer, Sweeney explained that Epic has morphed from a studio that focuses on one major title at a time to an outfit with its eyes on multiple projects of varying scale.

"Now we're building several games at different scales. We're building Fortnite, a PC online game which is a fun, sort of Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead," Sweeney said. "It's a 35-person team. It's not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics. It's more of a Pixar art style and a limited project in scope, just aimed at fun as opposed to massive breakthroughs in scale."

Overall, Sweeney explained that by branching out and working on smaller projects alongside major ones, Epic Games' vision is to "master development at every scale."

"We're building a bigger, triple-A shooter project that hasn't been announced yet," he said. "And we've also internally started developing really tiny projects with two or three guys working together as a team for a few months in small scale game development."

"It's really cool. We're testing our development at all scales and learning it as we go. We're trying to master development at every scale."

Fortnite is due out later this year only on PC, though Epic Games has not provided an update on the game in some time after it had no presence at E3 last month.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

I was looking forward to this game but i really dont like minecraft :/ hopefully its not too much like it

vackillers
vackillers

If its not Unreal Tournament 4, dont really care to be honest....... harsh I know but that is the only license i care about at Epic....... not fortnight, not GOW crap... the Unreal franchise which made Epic Games who they are today.....

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

Look up the indie game Rust, its already been done.

Garm31
Garm31

Going with the fug ugly art design cartoon graphics to appeal to all ages. Sell more copies. They should hope.

foxrock66
foxrock66

"Beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics"

That's not exactly a hard thing to do lol

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

"It's not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics."

This guy is way off, COD isn't about graphics, it's about putting a dog in your game!

salvucci91
salvucci91

The concept of this game sounds like a blast. 35-man team ?!

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

good news from epic games but i dont get the part he said: "It's not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics" ?!?!?!?! :D

AMG
AMG

"We're building a bigger, triple-A shooter project that hasn't been announced yet,"

It's either Gears or Unreal. I hope it's Unreal, we need a new one badly.

SolidTy
SolidTy

So many talented EPIC guys left like Rod F., Mike Capps, and even Cliffy B. I'm a sad panda.

frylock1987
frylock1987

Looks like crap but....I dont expect anything good from Epic Games anymore seeing as how they aren't so Epic anymore.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

 I've been looking forward to this game for a long time. I wish they would talk more about it instead of making it look like it's been dead.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Highly doubt this will be 1/10 as successful as Minecraft.

JLozada86
JLozada86

Looks fun! What this new shooter project be?

Boldchromedome
Boldchromedome

Im sick of building mansions in minecraft. Hurrry Please !!!

Ulvenkai
Ulvenkai

Looking forward to it :)

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

cant even read a article without hearing call of duty :l

brxricano
brxricano

I mean hey why not go for it, but that is some expensive learning. As long as i get to have some fun you'll get your moneys back :D

holtrocks
holtrocks

I love the idea iv been excited for this since the announced it last year.

edant79
edant79

.......perfect, cause I f'king hate those games.

IRGK
IRGK

Any company that tries to break away from what they're comfortable with is OK in my book. The fact that Epic sounds like they are almost developing prototypes in an, 'indie-like' manor, speaks volumes about the AAA industry.

adit942
adit942

"beat call of duty in terms of graphics" 
lol really COD is the only game that struck your mind when talking about graphics

Fursnake
Fursnake

Those characters seem to have some unnaturally long arms.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

Not interested, I wanted to build from physics objects like Source Forts, instead we get being built from prefabs :\ Not thanx.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I'm not gonna lie, this game looks like it could be pretty fun. Sure, people are gonna bitch because they hate Epic now because of Gears of War or something, but they got some talent and they seem like they could have something really cool here. 


On the other hand, this zombie fad is REALLY getting old. The last time I remember enjoying a zombie game was The Walking Dead (by Telltale, of course) and that game was more about the people and less about the zombies.

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

Something tells me the new shooter could be a new Unreal Tournament, but it would be awesome if they turned their Unreal 4 demo "The Samaritan" into an open world shooter

Adavanter
Adavanter

"Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead."  Hissed a desiccated corpse that once was Epic. 

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

i'm sure it will head to XBLA on XBone when the time comes.... hell, i wouldn't rule out psn.

but Epic Games told everyone they were sick and tired of waiting for next gen to come. old-gen consoles were holding them back so they decided to leave the development of this one to PC only, meaning no old consoles.

but it will be an easy port to the new consoles since its all the same x86 architecture this time around.

on the flip side to that new revelation, that means all exclusive titles that hit each console will also be found on PC, because if they don't release for PC, the emulators will bring it to PC for them and then nobody gets paid so... 

and this is also why consoles are losing relevance in the living room. pretty redundant device without the exclusives.

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

I'm hoping this is still coming to the Xbox One since it was originally supposed to be 360/PC. More than anything though, I'm just happy to hear it is still progressing.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

"It's not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics" When was the last time CoD set any benchmark in graphics? I can't recall. I hope this game is still coming out on the what would likely be the Xbox One now. I want to get it. It looks and sounds very promising. It was announced for the 360 and then nothing.

Legend002
Legend002

Great... more freakin' shooters.

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Meh online game with ugly cartoony graphics, i will pass.

This game is a waste for the newest Unreal 4 engine

Garm31
Garm31

What are those things their fighting? Ugly enemy design. Why not just use zombies

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

The Minecraft part put me off. But I'm sure the Left 4 Dead part more than makes up for it.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87

Probably the first Epic Games title I'm interested in really.

LittleSaintGoph
LittleSaintGoph

Wow what a shock, £pic ripping off two popular games.

Garm31
Garm31

hideous looking game.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@vackillers 

I dont think unreal will ever be the same, the first was one of best fps games i have played, then it went downhill, i expect if they made another it would play like every other shooter.

Idk maybe they can bring it back, i would love to see it happen, but im doubtful. 

foxrock66
foxrock66

@Garm31 You'd prefer an "authentic", "gritty", brown on brown theme, would you? 

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@AMG i thought gears has moved internally to ms or to another ms studio

malokevi
malokevi

@Garm31 Have you seen it running? Looks better than anything else out there, atm.

Garm31
Garm31

@malokevi @Garm31 LOL! Looks better than what? It's art style is too colorful and childish for me to take seriously. Better art than Team Fortress 2? Nope. Needs a more realistic darker look.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@Garm31 @malokevi Right...because every game has to have a dark photorealistic look to be a great game... -_-