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Fortnite is the first Unreal Engine 4 game, exclusive to PC

Epic Games' Fortnite will be the company's first game to take advantage of Unreal Engine 4. And, it's exclusive to PC.

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Epic Games' Fortnite will be the company's first game to take advantage of Unreal Engine 4. Debuted at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, the cartoony action title is being described as "a co-op sandbox survival game," with building at the core of the game. "Everything you find allows you to build and improve your structure," producer Tanya Jessen told an audience at a Comic-Con panel. Given that no current console can run Unreal Engine 4, the game will be exclusive to PC. According to The Verge, Epic's Cliff Bleszinski told the audience: "This is a PC designed game, shipping exclusively on the PC." Fortnite will be available in 2013.

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    July 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Fortnite is the first Unreal Engine 4 game, exclusive to PC.

    Epic Games' Fortnite will be the company's first game to take advantage of Unreal Engine 4. And, it's exclusive to PC.

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      July 12, 2012 11:37 AM

      Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this game. Need some gameplay vids, stat.

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      July 12, 2012 11:53 AM

      EPIC :) get it, any ways this is rad news the more UR4 games we see the better. Looks like our DX11 cards are really going to be important and drive all the new software.

      I want to see a gameplay vids big time. The insane thing that video above could actually be all in game engine after seeing the UR4 vids.

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        July 12, 2012 11:56 AM

        I'm really excited to see what a PC exclusive game by epic will look like. It's been so long since they made one

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          July 12, 2012 12:06 PM

          No kidding they are going to be total strangers to the PC if won't even know their name that's for sure.

          Has potential to be as good as the samaritan Demo if not better. I would love it if after they make the game and sales are rad and the game is mega quality that they do a lot of comments like " we have neglected the PC it has so much more penitential we are going to take advantage and there will be a lot of more titles planed ". We really could use a crazy PC exclusive that really take advantage of all the new hardware and mid range gear and really is designed for the PC architecture and really tries to go all out and is stills scalable. And one that really can not be created on any other platform.

          I hope it happens. Odd it was not at E3 hey in some form?

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          July 12, 2012 12:10 PM

          The Epic of old that released Windows, Mac and Linux versions of UT2K4 on the same SKU, that released mod tools for all their games, that supported LAN consistently and that didn't use draconian DRM doesn't exist any more. It is long since gone. They are not a PC company. Remember us PC gamers, we are all just bunch of pirating bastards. They are ONLY doing this to showcase/sell UE4. Many companies operate on a mix of profit maximisation and other motives. Epic doesn't

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            July 12, 2012 12:19 PM

            Probably true :( they are probably going to try and butter up S and MS to show what their new consoles could be pimping on UR4. But on the same note if they have not already convinced S and MS then that would mean that the PS4 and Xbox2 are really coming out in 2014 not next year.

            Huh who's knows what the deal is, I am sure they see the good PC sales numbers and what the market is doing they may really want a piece of the action. Having UR4 they been INSANE not to make pimp PC games I really have no idea why they are not the #1 companies on the PC as far as games since they own UR engine which everyone uses to make games practically.

            Weird? Sure they are at heart a game engine company but they could really churn out the most pimp PC games they really have the resources. Must be a business decision eh who knows.

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            July 12, 2012 1:14 PM

            Many companies operate on a mix of profit maximisation and other motives. Epic doesn't


            I really don't think you know what the fuck you are talking about.

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      July 12, 2012 11:55 AM

      Seriously? Epic making a PC exclusive game? This seems really hard to believe. I guess we just have to see it. I'll be willing to buy it if it is, but yea, I also need some gameplay videos first.

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      July 12, 2012 11:57 AM

      It will almost certainly use GFWL or some other draconian DRM then :(

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        July 12, 2012 12:45 PM

        UE3 has steamworks built in. I doubt they will move backwards in that respect.

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      July 12, 2012 12:00 PM

      Still looks 4 years old

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        July 12, 2012 1:01 PM

        WHAT?! No it doesn't. Just because the design is stylized doesn't mean it looks 4 years old. If these are actual screenshots and not renders.. the game looks amazing. Probably better than anything out there right now.

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      July 12, 2012 12:26 PM

      isn't this supposed to look good? like a tech demo? it looks like team fortress 2. i don't like it

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      July 12, 2012 12:28 PM

      Looks freakin awesome.

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      July 12, 2012 12:37 PM

      WHAAAT?! Exclusive to PC?!?!

      Holy shit!

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      July 12, 2012 12:42 PM

      We usually get a new UT whenever a new Unreal Engine is released :( Fortnite looks cool, though.

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        July 12, 2012 4:09 PM

        I love me some UT, but really, where can it go from UT3? I'd prefer a true Unreal sequel or something fresh.

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          July 12, 2012 4:49 PM

          Yeah, I really can't see a UT sequel happening again for a really long time.

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          July 13, 2012 3:17 AM

          I was thinking a F2P model with persistent stats. Something like that.

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      July 12, 2012 12:45 PM

      Left 4 Dead meets Minecraft? Sounds good to me.

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      July 12, 2012 12:46 PM

      While being PC exclusive / centric is awesome, the fact that it won't be a AAA title like Unreal Tournament or Gears of War means it a low risk, low investment project. That is how I am reading into it, anyways.

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        July 12, 2012 12:51 PM

        so a tech demo. If bad: Shattered Horizon. if good: FarCry

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          July 12, 2012 1:09 PM

          I'm pretty happy with all games being tech demos if they are as fun and ahead of their time as FarCry was back in 04

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        July 12, 2012 2:36 PM

        It reminds me of Roboblitz, which was a decent game, but it was the first UE3 game.

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      July 12, 2012 1:00 PM

      More Screens holly shit it looks amazing if this is really in game and I don't doubt it UR4 can do it no prob.

      http://i.imgur.com/oBACb.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/qlzh2.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/ckOLt.jpg

      Man I want UR4 in all my games if this is the visual quality we will get [mind blown]

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      July 12, 2012 1:04 PM

      I think this might be the first post Unreal 1 game that Epic's made where the character 's don't have big stompin' feet.

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      July 12, 2012 2:17 PM

      The pics released today are UE3 pics, though.

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        July 12, 2012 2:28 PM

        WTF, the word is that those are actually UE4. Major let down. High end PC, my ass.

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          July 12, 2012 2:37 PM

          a decade of blueballs waiting for a PC exclusive to blow our minds and this is what we get?

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          July 12, 2012 4:09 PM

          A lot of UE4's benefits aren't going to show up in screenshots, like:

          - Easier content creation
          - Particle systems and other moving things
          - (Theoretically) easier scaling to mobile platforms

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      July 12, 2012 2:27 PM

      I hope this is like source forts.

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      July 12, 2012 3:23 PM

      Nothing about the screens or videos of this game alert me to it being UE4. I notice some lighting and shadow effects, but that's about it. Graphically it doesn't look particularly special, and obvious comparisons to Team Fortress are there.

      I'm happy to see the PC get some attention, but as someone who plays on both console and PC. Why should I care about this game Epic? Show me something.

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        July 12, 2012 3:43 PM

        maybe you're getting the game you need, not the one you deserve

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      July 12, 2012 3:41 PM

      I am so frickin dissapointed right now. Screw you Epic Games!
      Not only did I have no interest at all in this game (looks so silly) but it has cartoony graphics. I don't mind the graphics (love TF2), but I thought this was supposed to be a technologically ground breaking PC exclusive game...and now we get this crap?

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      July 12, 2012 3:47 PM

      Looks like a lot of fun. I hope it owns.

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      July 12, 2012 4:02 PM

      it looks fun and I would like to know more!

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      July 12, 2012 4:11 PM

      I'm down with the fuck yeah different style fun-looking Epic game crew here. Good on them for trying new stuff instead of yet another Gears or Unreal Tournament.

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      July 12, 2012 4:43 PM

      Isn't is exclusive to PC because UE4 wasn't made for the current gen consoles? Or am I mistaken?

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      July 12, 2012 4:48 PM

      I can't wait to play this mediocre game exclusively on my PC.

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      July 12, 2012 4:55 PM

      And LOL - "We wouldn't rule out the possibility of other platforms later" - http://www.joystiq.com/2012/07/12/bleszinski-fortnite-on-pc-primary-and-first-other-platforms/
      Why am I not surpised?

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        July 12, 2012 5:22 PM

        Why shouldn't they, though? It'd be ridiculous to put it ONLY on PC. If the game is good and it's successful, put it on consoles. Yeesh.

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        July 12, 2012 5:33 PM

        Why wouldn't they put it on consoles? If it's good and makes money it's a no brainer.

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          July 13, 2012 5:01 AM

          No consoles can run UE4 right now. They're waiting for the new ones to pop.

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            July 13, 2012 5:12 AM

            Hence "wouldnt rule out the possibility". Like at some later date

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        July 12, 2012 9:57 PM

        Why shouldn't they...(:p) I mean, I don't mind if they release it on consoles. It's just that they are being deceiving by saying it'll be PC exclusive with a PC focus when they truly don't actually intend for it to be PC exclusive. Reminds me of Far Cry 2 when Ubisoft initially stated that it'll be a PC exclusive game.

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      July 12, 2012 5:28 PM

      Giant, Nick-Breckon-esque sigh on this, for these reasons:

      - It has the potential to Brink itself, to drown the game in customizable items that ultimately coalesce into a meaningless mishmash. To avoid this, they must focus on item balance, but then the microtransaction potential threatens to disturb the balance even further, if they decide to cross that line. When asked if the game was going to be free-to-play, Tanya Jessen said to Joystiq, "We're actually not talking about that right now; we're going to figure it out, and we're going to do what's best." Whatever that means.

      - They're pitching this as "something for everybody", with a mix of co-op combat, tower defense, Minecraft-esque construction, and open-worldiness. They can't really expect to perfect ALL of those facets, can they? I'm really only interested in first-person combat, and there's not much chance of them nailing that, seeing how they haven't done any since UT3 (and even then, UT3 lost much of the charm that was in UT2004).

      - They're pitching the ultra-colorful style as "a fresh change of pace", but it's really just the polar opposite of Gears grey with tons of bloom. I'm not digging the style; it's too goofy and self-deprecating to take seriously, and not whimsy enough to laugh along with.

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        July 12, 2012 11:39 PM

        Yeah I hate it when game companies do new things. I too would like to play the exact same games for the next 5 years that I've been playing for the last 5 years.

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        July 12, 2012 11:41 PM

        the unpleaseable

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        July 13, 2012 12:38 AM

        Hey guys, guess what, you wont believe it, the Archvile isn't happy, and he has an itemized list explaining why.

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      July 13, 2012 1:27 AM

      you guys are on crack, that looks phenomenal

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      July 13, 2012 3:35 AM

      Errr, you guys are nuts. That looks awesome.

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      July 13, 2012 4:46 AM

      I'd buy it if it was not from "Showing-the-PC-platform-the-cold-shoulder Epic Games".

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        July 13, 2012 6:00 AM

        So now that they don't you must stick your ground so they'll go back to giving the cold shoulder?

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      July 13, 2012 5:00 AM

      "To be clear - Fortnite is PC primary and first, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility of other platforms later." - https://twitter.com/therealcliffyb/status/223499640035737600

      In other words, a timed exclusive. As in "we'll release it to consoles, when the new consoles that can run UE4 launch."

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      July 13, 2012 5:05 AM

      Anyone else think they're intentionally making Fortnite super colorful as an FU to people who said the UE can't do vibrant colors?

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        July 13, 2012 10:18 AM

        It's possible. My thinking is that they toned down the art assets because they wanted to avoid a Crysis 1 situation where there wasn't hardware available for several years that would allow you to crank the settings of the game.

        If they support mods heavily I'm sure folks will go nuts with it like we see with Steam Works games. If that's the case you can bet we'll see a realism texture pack for folks who want to play around with it.