Fortnite is currently the biggest game in the world, but it wouldn’t have achieved such success had former director of production, Rod Fergusson, stayed at Epic Games – as he planned to scrap the game’s development entirely.
Originally launched in July 2017 with Fortnite: Save the World, it wasn’t until September 2017 when the battle royale mode was released which resulted in the game exploding in popularity, capturing most of the market share previously held by titles such as H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
With top streamers and content creators all rushing to play the game, it reached heights that no one ever would have expected, including ex-director of production, Rod Fergusson, who revealed that the game would have been cancelled if he was still employed with Epic Games.
Speaking to Game Informer, Fergusson, who now works with the Gears 5 team, claimed the Fortnite project didn’t include BR during his time with the company and Save the World posed plenty of challenges which could have led to cancellation.
“If I stayed at Epic, I would have cancelled Fortnite. Absolutely,” Fergusson said. “Before I left I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was just Save the World, that was a project that had some challenges.
“As the director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should have continued to keep going.”
Fergusson added that he does not lose any sleep over it, despite their enormous success over the last two years, and revealed he was extremely happy for the developers.
However, he was quick to remind fans that the game they know and love would not exist if he stayed with the company.
The former director said: “That game you love, the worldwide sensation, it would not exist had I stayed at Epic.” Fortunately for Fortnite fans, the game shows no signs of dying any time soon.
Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far
The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.
Leaked Map Stages
All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.
Leaked Quest Voice Line
Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.
A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:
“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”
According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.
Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.
Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25
In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.
Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.
We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.
Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon
Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.
Re-added Item Shop Sections:
- S.T.A.R.S. Team
- El Chapulín Colorado
- Wu Wear (new)
Removed Item Shop Sections:
- Silk Sonic
- Chloe Kim
- Cobra Kai
- Turn The Music Up
The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.
We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.
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