Fortnite may require constant online connection

[UPDATE] Producer Tanya Jessen says Epic could mandate persistent Internet connection for upcoming survival game in the interest of fun over fighting piracy.

Epic Games may mandate gamers have a constant Internet connection to play upcoming PC survival game Fortnite, producer Tanya Jessen told Rock Paper Shotgun. She said firm plans are not yet in place, but noted if Fortnite were to require a persistent connection, it would be done in the interest of fun over a desire to fight piracy.

Fortnite may follow Diablo III in requiring a constant Internet connection.

“That’s something we don’t know yet,” Jessen said. “It’s gonna be really dependent on gameplay, and it’s also dependent on platform. So whatever we decide to do there is gonna be more relevant to the most fun experience you can have with your friends [than it is to piracy]. But I can’t nail that down today.”

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Epic provided a statement to Rock Paper Shotgun, reiterating that no firm plans are yet in place.

“We’re not talking about our plans at this time, mainly because that plan doesn’t exist yet," reads a line from the statement. "Fortnite is an iterative, living project and many things are still being decided prior to its release in 2013.”

During Comic-Con 2012 last week, Epic Games announced that Fortnite will be the first game to run on the latest iteration of the company's development toolset, Unreal Engine 4. The game has been announced only for the PC, but Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski said the company has not ruled out the possibility of releasing the game on other platforms.

Fortnite is described as a cooperative "sandbox survival game," with gameplay divided into two main sections: day and night. During the day, players will work together to build fortifications using whatever materials can be scavenged and scrounged. Once night falls, they will retreat into their forts as they hope to fend off waves of monsters and survive until morning.

For more on Fortnite, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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DaDizzel
DaDizzel

I welcome this game to the 720. Online only Hints that it will.

Slash_out
Slash_out

Good luck selling a new IP that almost no one has ever heard of, if you alienate the people that will purchase it first and then spread the word... which are the gamers that know what kind of crap DRM you added to the game.

Falzonn
Falzonn

Blizzard could get away with always online drm because Diablo is one of the most beloved game franchises in video games.  It also backfired on them a bit.  Good luck trying to peddle your (non-beloved) product off on already annoyed gamers Epic.

lily_tiger
lily_tiger

"it would be done in the interest of fun over a desire to fight piracy."

 

The masses at large are bound to believe this because most companies have a firm track record of choosing fun over their own corporate interests.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

"Producer Tanya Jessen says Epic could mandate persistent Internet connection for upcoming survival game in the interest of fun over fighting piracy."

 

Don't you mean in the interest of fighting piracy over fun. :|

Vickman178
Vickman178

Dear Epic Games,

 

Go look at the comments section for a recent article here at Gamespot about the always online connection for Diablo 3 and then tell me if its still a good idea to make this decision.

 

Thanks.

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

Well, there goes my interest in another game.  I was very interested - I hope this is not true, as I will not support any always-on DRM title.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

"She said firm plans are not yet in place, but noted if Fortnite were to require a persistent connection, it would be done in the interest of fun over a desire to fight piracy". Yeah I am calling BS on this right away, you can have the same fun by granting online access only when you want it, not that it matters to them anyways, after all gamers the world over allowed Blizzard to get away with it so they know people will complain but buy their game anyways.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Every company that has tried to mimic Blizzard has failed miserably.  It'll be interesting to watch how gamers start reacting to the 'always online' trend.  I think players will eventually start voting with their dollars when they realize the less successful games will be unplayable after their servers get taken offline within a year due to lack of sales.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Aside form all of the "always online" crap, I have a question about the last paragraph....

 

Is it just me, or was that the basic explanation of "Minecraft" (except for the "together" part) when it first came out and no one really knew how to describe it?

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

Look, people who bought Diablo III:

 

This is YOUR fault.

 

By supporting this kind of always-on DRM crap, other companies WILL start considering it seriously. This is just the beginning.

See how the discourse is so closely aligned: Blizzard says the always-online requirement is to "keep the game smooth", Epic's producer says it is "in the interest of fun"... All to divert attention from the obvious fact that it serves their in-game purchases and piracy protection all to well.

 

Smooth indeed, I can see that when the game lags... Fun indeed when my internet goes down and I lose game progress for nothing.

 

I don't blame companies for trying to protect their intellectual rights. But always-online DRM is offensive. Steam is a form of DRM and is mostly invisible. And Blizzard is only doing this to protect their precious virtual 'goods' they take 15% off every time they're sold to idiots willing to pay for pixels. It's outrageous.

 

And YOU, people who paid for Diablo III... I hope you die in a fire for doing that.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Funny thing is that not everyone has a good internet connection. Whether it's snail broadband, it's dial up, it's a limited data plan, or it's unstable and likely to disconnect randomly, there's too many problems with requiring this. Even then, you also have to consider that a good ISP may be here one day, but vanish the next like mine did because of an accident their insurance refused to cover.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

It was a lot better back then when you just needed a connection in order to agree to the Liscence Agreement and to play online.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Constant internet connection (outside of gameplay) = No Sale

IamCustodis
IamCustodis

I wash my hands of this nonsense. It hurts the consumer more than aids against piracy.  If it gets put in, my purchase is OUT.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

thought about this game, the hell with it now. out the window you go !

jmr1986
jmr1986

And there goes my purchase. Like a piece of shit flushed down the toilet.

cdog21
cdog21

Isn't this a b***h! I thought Fornite was coming to consoles as well. I got geeked about it when I saw the teaser and now I find out its only on PC.

emperiox
emperiox

So in other words: Not always online for consoles...but online for PC...I got it. Way to stay classy devs...

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

I'm gonna predict opening week sales of this game.  13 or 14. Maybe 15.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

shove it then there is going to be many other games out there bloody idiots

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

Yes, indeed, because having to be online to play with friends instead of over the local network is WAY more fun... Especially when you decide to take servers down for maintenance. And lag, that's going to be awesome!!!

 

Why do devs feel the need to bullshit? Of course it's to try and prevent piracy, what difference does online/offline make to a "fun experience".

Romanmoga15
Romanmoga15

damn I was excited for this game but after going through all the Diablo 3 BS, I'll pass!

lucfonzy
lucfonzy

Seeing as it's touted as a co-op game, I don't really see the problem. I'm sure most people are connected to the internet 24/7 these days. Things go wrong, sure. But things go wrong with games generally. Don't know how many games released these days have game breaking problems that cause crashing and what not. It's not a huge deal, if it was being sold with singeplayer in mind I'd think differently but I don't really see this as a game focused around singeplayer experiences.

UndertheArchway
UndertheArchway

When will developers learn that acting against the lowest common denominator at the expense of the vast majority is a fairly terrible business model?

 

People who would pirate your game won’t suddenly buy it because of your latest brand of DRM..

 

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

Who isn't always online these days anyway?  It's 2012 not 1998.  Developers don't need to develop for the 0.7% of the population that don't have online access.

SolidTy
SolidTy

If they do this, I won't buy it....at least at full price. I may get it on sale at a fraction of the price down the road, but I can't support these kinds of protocols at full price out of the gate.

hector530
hector530

because its working so well for diablo 3

sortajan
sortajan

I'd never even heard of Fortnite until now, so it doesn't bother me.

 

 

squall_83
squall_83

Bahahaha! What idiots. There's no such thing as "always online in the interest of fun". If they want you to have the ability to be always online for fun that's great. Do it. But do NOT "require" it. That is not fun and is absolutely for the sole purpose of fighting piracy. Liars! Liars everywhere!

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Thats lame, my xbox recently broke for the second time in a couple of years, it plays everything, but the ethernet port does not recognize my cable. So basically if something like this went through, although I can physically play games I legally owned, I would be barred from playing them through no fault of my own. Good job.

planetjumper
planetjumper

What type of offline would people want, honestly i think this game is only gonna work with coop online, if its an online multiplayer game do people want something like condition zero or something bots and all

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Always online? If so, I'll pass.

xcollector
xcollector

I could care less. I haven't really bought any pc games this gen because of all this crap. PC gaming is becoming more anti-consumer every day and there are plenty of other things for me to spend my money on. The only pc games I buy now are Telltales because you get a hard copy without the drm crap and the digital download version. You won't get a better deal then that.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Things like this put so many doubt about my purchase of the product that it usually never happens. But if the game doens't have a Single Player portion (sorry, don't know very well but looks and sounds like a multiplayer to me) then there will be little point on complaining. But mostly doubts!

Fiscaldeal
Fiscaldeal

Not allowing us to play how and where we want is more fun? Yeah... sounds like it's just to fight piracy.

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

that's a terrible idea!! what Epic Games is planing? completely piss off  PC gamers, so they can completely abandon PC platform and keep going with consoles?? well, I wouldn't be surprised if they're thinking something like this! 

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

Well when Ubisoft tried Always Online for a series worth millions of sales like Assassins Creed it flopped and they pulled the A.O. part of the DRM.

 

And we all know how great Diablo 3 implemented A.O. DRM, which was for our own benefit of course.

 

So why not make the showcase game of your new Graphics Engine turn off millions of gamers. It's a sound business idea after all.

JuanKing
JuanKing

...and yet another producer fails see that DRM just inconveniences legit purchasers

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Think I'll stick with waiting for multiplayer in Project Zomboid thanks.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

How's is this going to stop pirates when they can just patch the DRM out of the game. This inconvenience that EPIC Games is thrusting on legit buyers is just a form of Spyware to collect data and sell it so they can make a quick buck while gamers get stuck with laggy service.

justin01
justin01

Alone only? Guess I will be buying if the game looks good. Doesn't bother me. nyah nyah.

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

Always-Online DRM? Great trick Epic

I'm going to show a great magic trick to. It's called not buying if true. A single player option would never hurt.

 

 

CmD_cOoKiE
CmD_cOoKiE

I gladly welcome any online only games because it tends to allow for some great connectivity between players and the system. That being said i understand why people want an option to play offline and its completely foolish not to provide it both ways to make people happy.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I'm really excited about this game, (same goes with Diablo 3 before.)

 

and if it's "always online" I think I'll pass.

good luck selling this game,

because I'm sure many PC Gamers agree with me.

 

Colekern
Colekern

Always online? No thanks. Not with my crappy internet. I think the world has more gamers with crap internet connections than people realize. The always online things should have the option to be disabled.

cephas90
cephas90

Tell yourself that all you want.  Persistent online connection= automatically not buying it.

strayfies
strayfies

Haha, yeah it worked perfectly for Diablo.  No outages, perfectly stable experience.  Definitely a pro move. 

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

ZOMG THE WORLD IZ ENDING BURN DOWN EPIC...or we could just wait and see what it's about.  I have no problems w/ always online as long as the server connectivity is strong enough to have seemless play.  As much as I love Blizzard and Diablo 3 that hasn't been the case ><.