Epic has Fortnite cash to burn, and it isn’t afraid to throw it around to make its Epic Games Store a serious competitor to Steam. They’re using that cash to do something Steam won’t — give away free games, and not the throwaway kind.
We feel sorry for any Fortnite fan who took a hike into the mountains today with no Internet connections, and returned this evening to find the whole world topsy-turvy. Sit down and let us tell the tale, it’s been a wild last few hours.
Microsoft’s XBox and Nintendo’s Switch allow third-party games to engage in multiplayer with those using rival consoles, as well as the PC. Until a few hours ago, Sony did not. The issue had caused some grief before, but it didn’t come to a head until Fortnite began appearing on home systems.
Although a recent update made it possible for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users to play together, Epic Games has now confirmed that the change was a mistake on their part. This meant that the millions of players who had found themselves able to experience the game together across platforms only had a limited time to make the most of the situation as the issue has since been corrected.
Fortnite has been a long time coming and it is still technically not officially here yet. What is now a paid Early Access title was first announced in 2011 at the Spike Video Game Awards. It took inspiration from the likes of Minecraft and Left4Dead to create a mashup that incorporates elements of base building, role-playing games, and third-person shooters. It also manages to mix in other genres, such as survival games, to create something that is definitely unique.
Fornite, the co-op sandbox survival game from People Can Fly managed to sell 500,000 copies in its first day of early access. The paid early access build is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and has seemingly been incredibly successful according to developer Darren Sugg.
Although Epic Games has primarily been known in recent times almost exclusively for the Gears of War and Unreal franchises, the company has begun to diversify into other areas over the past few years. This is no more exemplified by the latest announcement from the developer, a turn-based tactical RPG for mobile devices and PC dubbed Battle Breakers.
Epic Games’ multiplayer online battle arena Paragon enters open beta today, letting anyone and everyone join the fray. Built from the ground up, Paragon is a third-person action MOBA that pits a team of five players against an opposing team on a large-scale map. Players must work with their team to outmaneuver and outplay their opponents, making their way through the map destroying enemy structures, eventually making their way to the enemy base.
Microsoft has noted how they want to put a focus on PC gaming, and ensure quality for all. As such, they made an initiative called the Universal Windows Platform, where PC games will be made in one way to help simplify the process.
Microsoft recently revealed an upcoming next-gen remake of Gears of War, dubbed Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Microsoft has now released a new teaser trailer for the new Ultimate Edition, which you can check out in the player below.
Microsoft have managed to sign up another key member of Epic Games to Black Tusk Studios to help develop the next Gears of War game. This makes Greg M. Mitchell the second high profile staff member to leave the previous owners of the franchise to join the new developer.
According to voice actor Lester Speight, Augustus “Cole Train” Cole will be in the next Gears of War game.