Gears of War dev's PC-exclusive Fortnite has Diablo-like looting

Epic Games reveals a host of new details for its upcoming third-person co-op game; you can sign up for the alpha today.

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Gears of War creator Epic Games today opened the floodgates for information about its upcoming PC-exclusive Unreal Engine 4-powered game Fortnite.

The game is the focus of this month's issue of Game Informer, and the publication writes that the cooperative third-person shooter will be a free-to-play game. Its business model was previously unknown. However, it's not much of a surprise when you consider Epic Games cofounder Tim Sweeney is transitioning the studio to become more like League of Legends developer Riot Games and DOTA 2 house Valve.

Fortnite will throw players into unscripted events, challenging you to explore the environment for resources and then build fortresses you'll use to thwart waves of enemy attackers. The game features an RPG-like progression system and "Diablo-like looting."

What's more, Fortnite will contain multiple campaigns of "varying lengths," as well as procedurally generated worlds and some kind of PvP component. You can sign up for a chance to play Fornite through its alpha at the game's website.

Epic Games sold the Gears of War franchise to Microsoft earlier this year for an undisclosed sum.

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wanted this game, less and less knowing its a pc game though, pity

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quinnd6

It looks like a bad April fools joke but unfortunately is a real game.

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wanderjahr

The Artist, formerly known as Epic.

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NightmareP3

Looks pretty fun, i hope the game will have a good F2P system and won't require you to grind for days or weeks to get one new item like in alot of F2P games.

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Unholy123

" the cooperative third-person shooter will be a free-to-play game. Its business model was previously unknown"

The easy money of F2P has snagged another from the path of good gamemaking to the art of frustrating your customer enough to get them to pay...

Thats a pity this games concept looked interesting.

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bubblefire77

This looks really cool

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spikepigeo

Looks fun to me. Visuals are a little too quirky for my tastes, but I could get used to it if the gameplay is actually as fun as it looks.

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NL_Skipper

Well I like the idea of the game but I don't much like the visual style... actually I really hate this visual style. I've got nothing against a cartoony look per se but it's just the exaggerated proportions and goofy look of this particular style are really over-used and just unappealing to look at imo.


Gameplay itself looked kind bland/zergy too but you really can't tell from the little tid-bits thrown in.. I'll try and keep an open mind.

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Tiwill44

Anything that has Diablo-like looting has my attention, but... what did they just say about scripted events and corridors?

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gamingfriendly

Idiots! people want a new unreal tournament not this pile of crap!

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bubblefire77

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry, but this looks pretty cool.

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ghost59

<< LINK REMOVED >> i want this. also its being made by the guys who made bullet storm

these guys arent the UT guys

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Slash_out

" Fortnite will throw players into "scripted events and corridors...""

What? :s

Wow, there goes my hype.

I'm still checking it out, thank god there is an alpha because now I'm not buying it without tyring it out.

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ignautius

I was absolutely convinced this game was vaporware... really glad to see actual gameplay, because this sounded like an interesting premise, and I was really sad when it appeared and then vanished from the radar for 2 years.

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DeViLzzz1983

Here is the biggest thing in pc gaming right now that is going on and GameSpot doesn't even have an article up about it and many other sites do ...

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Game makers/publishers can come out with all the new games they want right now but unless the right thing is done for people who bought games that on the GameSpy death list and GFWL death list I really don't care. I won't be buying anything new for awhile now.

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ignautius

<< LINK REMOVED >> Wait wait wait... Halo multiplayer on the PC is about to go away and NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT?!?!


What are the 19 people combined who play the games on that list supposed to DO?

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deathwish026

this game was revealed at e3 2011.... it really takes atleast 3 years to make a game like this ??. ime skeptical about it but i will give it a try.

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tommynj

Looks ok but need to see more.

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unreal101

I usually try to avoid hating on things that clearly aren't meant for me.... but god damn, it , Epic, what the f*ck.

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mkeezay22

<< LINK REMOVED >> I like the idea of the game and it looks fun to me, as long as it's not pay to win I'll be playing this a lot.

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Evanduil

This looks incredibly like nothing I'll ever want to play.

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dpclark

I tried to find out if this game requires Steam. Has it now come to the point where Steam is so ubiquitous that it doesn't have to be mentioned? If it has come to that, then I'm done with PC gaming. If Steam is not in the loop then I'm interested. Anyone?

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deathwish026

<< LINK REMOVED >> out of curiosity.. what is your beef with steam ?

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dpclark

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If PC gaming means making Gabe Newell rich for doing nothing but DRM, advertising, and spyware, then count me out. Until a service like Stream becomes open source it will continue to be controlled by a Mafia-like extortion juggernaut which has managed to wedge itself between your PC and your purchased games. Steam is exactly the opposite what made the PC the open platform it once was.

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spartanx169x

<< LINK REMOVED >> Because its free to play there is really no reason for it to go thru Steam. But Steam may still offer it.

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mkeezay22

<< LINK REMOVED >> Okay so you don't want a platform that connects PC gamers and instead would rather have each game try to sell well by itself without a platform to help sales and MP, great idea.

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DIGN

<< LINK REMOVED >>Shhh, this is grown folk business.

Can you please take your scribblenaughts to the playground?

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mkeezay22

I'm looking forward to this game a lot, I hope it gets here soon though damn it's been in development for a bit now.

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Gallowhand

Did that dev really say in the video that they're not 'one trick ponies'? What? Does he even know the history of Epic Games?

/facepalm

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Arthas045

Looks pretty good.

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Cloud_imperium

Looks fun . Looking forward to it .

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Too-DementeD

I've been waiting on news for this game since it was announced, but I can't say I'm not disappointed by hearing that it's gonna be free to play.

Free to play can be great... if done well.
I played Dota 2 a lot, and got so into it that I just wanted to buy some costumes, because I felt that I've put all of my time into the game, I should at least give the developers some compensation for it. This method works, Valve have made tons of money from Dota and TF2 on items that just change appearance alone, and do not alter gameplay.

Something like that is what I'm gonna hope for in Fortnite, but if they block off important aspects of the game to buyers only, and fill it with microtransactions, I'm not going to want to play it all that much, fun or not.

Hopefully they'll pull it off. I'll try to be optimistic.

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PinchySkree

<< LINK REMOVED >> Doing microtransactions right will be my yes or no as well.

They should take lessons from the successful business models where only cosmetic items are available and stop chopping up a game and selling it for many times the price of a full game with unlimited free multiplayer.

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Oni

<< LINK REMOVED >> In my experince, F2P games are designed with "Pay Walls" in mind. Now, not all F2P games are like this but most are. Have I had fun playing F2P games? Of course .. BUT that fun is limited. Once you hit the dreaded "Pay wall" or worse, other players have an advantage you don't have because they bought boosters from an in-game store, the game is over for me.

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Too-DementeD

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I know what you mean, and that's another thing I'm hoping they don't do. The sad thing is, I think that might be the model they're gonna lean towards, since the game has RPG-like features.

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spartanx169x

<< LINK REMOVED >> Its been my experience that all these Free to play games have little to no story, its just constant doing things to level up to no end, there no real beginning and no real end. But that's just been my experience.

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Too-DementeD

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> True, but honestly, when you look for a game that has a great story, you wouldn't expect it to be in a free game. For free games, they need to make their money somewhere, so if the game was linear, that limits the replayability, and less people would feel like they need to spend money on it.

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Gamerno66666

There is no such things as "PC exclusive".

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Oni

<< LINK REMOVED >> You forgot to mention that PC gaming is dying.

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unreal101

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's been dying since 2005.


Aaaaaaaany day now....

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BabeNewelll

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The year one of the best pc exclusives came out, deus ex ? yeah really dying.

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gagula94

<< LINK REMOVED >> PC is undead :D

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naz99

@Doomerang @Cloud_imperium @unreal101 @Oni @gamerno66666 Yep i have been hearing it since the early 90's over 20 years later and it's still growing.....how wrong could people be :P

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Doomerang

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Really? I could've sworn it was dying since 1992

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Cloud_imperium

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Since 2000 actually .

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quakke

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What? Yes there is. Hard Reset, Antichamber, Amnesia..

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Cloud_imperium

<< LINK REMOVED >> Hint : Sarcasm .

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spartanx169x

EPIC going full on the microtransactions path. Oh well.

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Ice-Cube

Still looking forward to it after these years. That first trailer did it for me but then they went dark for a while. I hope they shed some more light on this game.

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