Fortnite Next-Gen Version Reportedly Confirmed, Not a Sequel
Epic Games made some impressive moves today, Wednesday, May 13, commanding the video game announcements for the industry with its reveal of the Unreal Engine 5. Though that announcement was great on its own, it reportedly comes alongside confirmation of a Fortnite next-gen version, too.
Fortnite Reportedly Confirmed for Next-Gen
News of this Fortnite next-gen version comes from Eurogamer, who claims that Epic Games itself has confirmed this version is coming soon. Though this announcement wasn’t necessarily given directly in the reveal of Unreal Engine 5, it is something that players can start looking forward to.
It was in a recent interview with the acclaimed tech site, Digital Foundry, that Epic’s own CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that the Fortnite next-gen version will launch on the PS5 and Xbox Series X using the Unreal Engine 4.25 edition, which isn’t quite the new Unreal Engine 5.
How it was revealed as part of the interview was when Sweeney spoke about the Unreal Engine 5 and how it will work on all platforms that the current fourth iteration works on. Those platforms include Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Those seven platforms, with PC and Mac thrown in there, are also the same ones that the overwhelmingly popular Epic Games title Fortnite is available on right now. But the interesting twist about this is that Unreal Engine 5 will work on all of those platforms as well.
Fortnite Will Switch to Unreal Engine 5 Next Year
Fortnite will launch its next-generation version in the 4.25 edition of Unreal Engine, but making the leap to the newly announced Unreal Engine 5 sometime in the middle of 2021. What’s interesting about this is that Sweeney noted that Fortnite will continue to support all existing platforms.
This includes the seven it is on currently plus two more. Sweeney noted that Fortnite will be available on nine platforms next year when it moves its next-gen version to the fifth version of Unreal Engine, “when you add the two new ones.”
While he likely couldn’t make the direct announcement at this time for one reason or another, this all but confirms that the two “new ones” are likely the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X. Those platforms will be releasing this holiday season, ushering in the next generation of video games.
Unreal Engine 4.25 just launched this month and it will be the first version to have direct support for the PS5 and Xbox Series X until Unreal Engine 5 releases for use in 2021. Since we know that the Fortnite next-gen version will initially be using the 4.25 iteration, it is likely that it will be on both PS5 and Xbox Series X.-
The question remains: will Fortnite be a launch title for either or both of those platforms? Given that it is one of the biggest games in the world and the backwards compatible nature of both systems, it would seem likely that it wouldn’t be too hard to make this happen in a short period of time.
And given that Epic Games is one of the biggest and most important video game companies in the world, it seems likely that development kits for the next-generation consoles would be made available to it even before some of the other publishers and developers.
As such, we see no reason why Fortnite shouldn’t be available at the launch of the two consoles this holiday season. After all, console launches are typically lauded for their less than stellar lineup of games and we still know next to nothing about how this one could be any different.
Fortnite could make all the difference, though, if it offered some advantages over the other versions. Perhaps, it could benefit from the reported up to 120 frames per second capability that the Xbox Series X has, or support up to 8K resolution, while still being the same free to play game as always.
When We Could See the Fortnite Next-Gen Reveal
Then there is the ray-tracing phenomenon that we are seeing in the video game industry currently, where that is basically at the forefront of the next-generation talks. That lighting wouldn’t change the gameplay at all but could make Fortnite look dynamically more beautiful in the process.
Unfortunately, there is no telling at this time since we know nothing else about the Fortnite next-gen version for PS5 and Xbox Series X, as it still hasn’t even been technically confirmed for either system. That said, there is a chance of knowing when we could find out more about it.
Sony has yet to announce its next-generation video game announcements event where it will reveal some of the games that will come to the PS5 at launch and during the launch window. This event is expected by players at this point and it could be very soon.
That said, this would be the best place to confirm Fortnite for PS5 as it could feature a trailer of what the higher-end version will look like, what the launch date for it will be, and perhaps tease what the Unreal Engine 5 version will look like next year.
Why the Sony event would be best is that the Unreal Engine 5 announcement today showed off a game demo live where the player controlled a girl in some desert ruins. Interestingly enough, the demo was rendered on the PlayStation 5 rather than a PC or Xbox Series X console.
In addition, Epic Games talked up the PS5 after the announcement in a live interview rather than ever mentioning the Xbox Series X. This leads us to believe that there is some sort of partnership between Sony and Epic, which could lead to a Fortnite reveal in the supposed PlayStation 5 reveal event.
For now, though, we know nearly nothing about this next-gen version or even the PS5 in general. Stay tuned in these crazy coming days as we expect many more next-generation announcements to happen before the end of this month, let alone throughout this summer.