Epic's 'Fortnite' Aiming for a 'More Casual' Audience

Tim Sweeney and Fortnite

Other than the debut trailer for Fortnite that aired at the most recent Spike Video Game Awards, there has been a severe drought of information on the title. As of right now, we know that the game will support freeform construction, multiplayer, cartoony graphics, and zombies. That's not much to go on, but it's still enough to get us excited about Fortnite, and we're sure many of you feel the same way.

While we ponder what the final product may be like, we can't help but imagine which audience Epic intends to appeal to with Fortnite. The developer's past titles, like Gears of War 3have focused more on the exploits of hardcore gamers, but according to the founder and chief executive of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite will attempt to appeal to "an entirely different audience." This news surfaced during an interview between Sweeney and VentureBeat, regarding Sweeney's upcoming induction into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame at this year's D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas.

“We have announced a new game Fortnite for an entirely different audience, more casual.”

Sweeney also detailed just how the premise of Fortnite came to exist - as development on Gears 3 began to wind down.

“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. And it’s a really cool game to work on.”

He also took the time to assure concerned fans that, despite Fortnite's cartoony appearance, it's still a technological marvel underneath the hood. So, expect big explosions, hordes of enemies, insanely destructible environments, and a nearly endless supply of possible fortress layouts.

As it currently stands, Fortnite is still without, not only a release date and publisher, but a format as well. Hopefully Epic will rectify the situation soon, so stick around Game Rant for more information on the game as it becomes available.

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Source: VentureBeat (via VG247)

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