Fortnite will debut on next generation video game consoles when these machines launch this fall, according to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games.
In an interview with GamesBeat, Sweeney said the company is using Unreal Engine 4 to adapt Fortnite to run on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when these consoles debut later this year. This is important for both consoles, as Fortnite has more than 350 million users on seven different platforms.
Over time, Epic Games will migrate Fortnite to Unreal Engine 5, which Epic previewed today with the release of a demo video. Unreal Engine 5 will debut in 2021. But Sweeney said the transition from Unreal Engine 4, which debuted in 2012, to Unreal Engine 5 won’t be that difficult.
“We are launching Fortnite on next generation consoles this year on UE4,” said Sweeney. “We will move it to UE5 over the next year. Fortnite will continue to support the seven platforms it supports now, as well as the two new ones that have been announced. We have to support the game on all hardware, and we have to do it without the game developers having to create an item, content twice. “
Sweeney said the rest of the industry can build on the pioneering work on Fortnite, which is a test bed for Unreal Engine tools.
“Our goal from the very first days has been to connect all players on all platforms,” he said. “We were pioneers in Fortnite, which was the first to connect Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Apple, Google devices to all devices and allow everyone to play together. We have taken this whole stack of technologies online and are opening it up to all developers, including nut and bolt game services like matchmaking and data storage. But also the account system and the friends graph that we created for Fortnite, with more than 350 million players on seven platforms and more than 2.2 billion social connections. “
He added: “It is now open to everyone. You can build on all of Epic’s efforts to build this cross-platform audience, and then contribute to it by using it in your game, inviting your players to add your friends. Everyone benefits together by building this garden version without walls of elements that have existed on each platform and on Steam in a locked way in the past. “