Fortnite On PS5 And Xbox Series X Confirmed As Launch Game

Epic's free-to-play battle royale game will be available right at launch on next-generation consoles.

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The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have added another launch title. Epic Games has confirmed that its free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite will release at launch for both next-generation consoles. Even better? You won't have to worry about losing any of the progress you've made, as the new versions support cross-progression, and they will also support cross-play with older systems. This is despite the new consoles making use of an all-new engine by mid-2021.

Epic did not provide any details on how Fortnite will benefit from the increased horsepower of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, the company did announce that it will migrate Fortnite on PS5 and Xbox Series X to the Unreal Engine 5 in the middle of 2021. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said this move will open up new possibilities for the game:

"It puts a vast amount of additional new power in the hands of all the creators who build Fortnite, both within Epic and the hundred million or so outside of Epic," Sweeney said during a Summer Game Fest stream. "It's going to be very interesting to see where this enables the game to go in the future. I think what we have now is a very, very small fraction of what the game will be in the future."

In a blog post, Epic confirmed that Fortnite will support cross-progression with the next-gen systems, so your account, items, and progress will carry over to PS5 and Xbox Series X. The company also reiterated that Fortnite will continue to support cross-play between all platforms, including the next-gen consoles.

Unreal Engine 5, which was just announced, promises to deliver graphics that are on with current Hollywood CGI standards. Part of Fortnite's charm is its stylized nature, so it's unlikely Epic will use the new engine to change the graphics style, but it'll be intriguing to see how the game makes use of the new technology.

Fortnite joins a growing list of launch titles confirmed for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, following Assassin's Creed Valhalla and others before it. For more on all the games coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, check out GameSpot's roundups below.

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