Epic Games, as a studio, is no stranger to massive weaponry, bloodshed and huge moments in combat. Look to their most recent blockbuster, Gears of War 3, for evidence of the fact that the company makes games for the core gaming audience.
The recently announced Fortnite, shown off in the trailer above, will not necessarily focus on that core audience when it releases. In fact, according to an interview by VentureBeat with Epic’s Tim Sweeney, the aim for Fortnite is a bit wider:
“We have announced a new game Fortnite for an entirely different audience, more casual. It appeals to a wider audience than a hardcore game like Gears of War.”
When compared to Gears of War or Unreal, Fortnite rocks a much more cartoonish and simplistic look. That’s not to say that it won’t remain a AAA experience, but the outwardly appearance of the upcoming title is more friendly to the wider audience Sweeney references.
Sweeney went on to explain how Fortnite came to be within Epic Games:
“Mike Capps decided at one point that we were finishing Gears of War 3 and we had a whole lot of people available. We weren’t ready to ramp up our next AAA project yet. So we held an internal ‘game jam’ inside Epic. Everybody in the company who was available divided up into teams and spent a week creating prototypes. We got a bunch of different prototypes and proposals out of it, with an incredible amount of variety. Fortnite arose through that process…
…The graphics are not that bad. They have vivid colors and there are real-time shadows everywhere. There is destruction of buildings. The game is a technical powerhouse, though it’s not as obvious as in Gears of War.”
While it’s certainly shaping up to be a departure for Epic Games, a lot of the studio’s fans are excited for Fortnite. Count me among them.
No specific platforms or release dates have been announced for Fortnite.