Fortnite will debut on the next-generation online game consoles as these machines launch this fall, in accordance with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

In an interview with GamesBeat as we speak, Sweeney stated that the corporate is utilizing Unreal Engine Four to adapt Fortnite to run on each the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X when these consoles debut late this yr. That’s essential for each consoles, as Fortnite has greater than 350 million customers over seven totally different platforms.

Over time, Epic Games will migrate Fortnite over to the Unreal Engine 5, which Epic gave a glimpse of today with the release of a demo video. Unreal Engine 5 will debut in 2021. But Sweeney stated the transition from Unreal Engine 4, which first debuted in 2012, to Unreal Engine 5 gained’t be that tough. This model is identical as the present one, however Fortnite will probably be optimized to benefit from the brand new {hardware} and options on next-gen consoles. Epic promises higher efficiency and visuals.

“We’re launching Fortnite on next-generation consoles this year on UE4,” Sweeney stated. “We’re moving it to UE5 over the course of next year. Fortnite will continue to support the seven platforms it supports now, plus the two new ones that have been announced. We have to support the game on all hardware, and we have to do that without game developers ever having to build any asset, any content twice.”

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Sweeney stated the remainder of the trade can piggyback on the pioneering work on Fortnite, which is a testbed for the Unreal Engine instruments.

Fortnite will launch on next-generation consoles on Unreal Engine 4 and migrate to UE5

Above: Shadows and lighting are the specialty of Unreal Engine 5.

Image Credit: Epic Games

“Our goal since the very early days has been to connect all the players across all the platforms,” he stated. “We pioneered this in Fortnite, which was the first to connect Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Apple, Google devices, every device, and enable everyone to play together. We’ve taken that entire stack of online technologies and we’re opening it up to all developers, including the nuts and bolts game services like matchmaking and data storage. But also the account system and the friends graph we built up for Fortnite, with more than 350 million players across seven platforms, and more than 2.2 billion social connections.”

He added, “That’s now open for everybody. You can piggyback on all of Epic’s efforts to build up this multiplatform audience and then contribute back to it by using it in your game, having your players add your friends to it. Everybody benefits together by building up this non-walled garden version of things that have existed on each platform and on Steam in a locked-down way in the past.”

Epic stated it would help cross-progression throughout console generations and platforms in order that participant accounts, development, and gadgets carry over. Epic intends to help crossplay on all platforms, together with present and next-generation consoles.