Speaking at Develop this week, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney said that their upcoming PC title Fortnite is a blend of different genres. “Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead” is what he called it, with an art-style heavily inspired by Pixar’s.
“Now we’re building several games at different scales. We’re building Fortnite, a PC online game which is a fun, sort of Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead,” Sweeney said. “It’s a 35-person team. It’s not aiming to beat Call of Duty in terms of graphics. It’s more of a Pixar art style and a limited project in scope, just aimed at fun as opposed to massive breakthroughs in scale.”
He also confirmed that Epic Games is indeed working on an unannounced AAA shooter. Chances are that this is specifically for the next-gen platforms. Could it be an iteration of Microsoft’s iconic Gears of War franchise or did that end with the recent prequel?
“We’re building a bigger, triple-A shooter project that hasn’t been announced yet,” he said. “And we’ve also internally started developing really tiny projects with two or three guys working together as a team for a few months in small scale game development.”
“It’s really cool. We’re testing our development at all scales and learning it as we go. We’re trying to master development at every scale.”
Fortnite is set for release later this year for only PC but we have yet to see any recent developments.