During the Unreal Engine 5 reveal last night, Epic Games announced that its popular free-to-play shooter Fortnite will be landing on PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch. In addition, the game will release on the most up-to-date version of the Unreal Engine and shift to Unreal Engine 5 in 2021.
Epic also announced that the company will continue to support cross-play across generations and all user purchases and progress will carry over to new platforms and devices. Fortnite is a massive game with more than 350 million registered players to date. In addition, Sony and Microsoft have pledged to support their current library of games on their next-gen platforms. Fortnite on the PS5 and Xbox Series X just makes sense as the game’s massive audience will look for the game should they make the jump to next-gen.
Once Epic has moved Fortnite to the PS5 and Xbox Series X the company will then optimize it. In addition, the game will make the jump to the Unreal Engine 5 sometime in 2021. This move will bring a load of visual enhancements to the experience across the board.
Epic has not revealed what they plan on doing to the game to take advantage of their “pretty-impressive” next-gen engine yet. However, the company says the will explore the full scale of hardware and software benefits on the consoles. This includes data storage management, graphical improvements and more.
“No, this is not a new version of Fortnite. It’s Fortnite optimized to take advantage of the new hardware and features on next-gen consoles. How will Fortnite take advantage of next-gen console hardware? While we can’t share specifics at the moment, more powerful hardware will allow us to improve performance and visuals.”
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