Epic's mystery game revealed by VGA trailer; introducing Fortnite

UPDATE: Some details have finally come out about the game, and calling it Minecraft meets Tower Defense wasn't actually too far off. Reports are the game will be split into day and night, with the daytime gameplay involving cooperatively collecting resources and the night gameplay revolving around third-person shooting and building defenses.

It's still publisher-less, so that could all change if EA picks it up and asks them to add in new mechanics, but, as of now, that's what we're looking at.

Epic has been building up its new game for a few weeks now, promising a completely outside of the developer's typical wheelhouse. Now, we've seen the VGA trailer, and it doesn't look like they were exaggerating. It's called Fortnite, and we still have no idea what it is. 

The trailer features stylized graphics that look more like what can be found in de Blob than Unreal Tournament, and it doesn't look like there's a lot of shooting. Instead, it reminds us of Tower Defense games and... Minecraft, to a point.

Blowing up stuff during the day, building forts during the night (get it? Fortnight?), and fighting off zombies? Sounds like fun. Hopefully Epic has more news soon, because we're definitely interested in finding out how the developer is planning on following up Gears of War 3.


  • darthelmet117 - December 11, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    I about a MMO in alpha that sounded pretty simmaller to this concept being exclusive to Xbox 360 coming out. That being said I doubt this is it considering a MMO is way to diffrent from anything on Epic's Roster. That being said this does look a cool change in pace from epic, and I am sure the Blizinsker is happy to focus on somthing less Game B movie ridiculous.
  • TheInvincibleDragon - December 11, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    I'm REALLY sick of zombies. I like Epic and all, but I don't know how this one is going to play out.
  • Redeater - December 11, 2011 6:22 a.m.

    Not to sound to bitter but I hope this game fails hard. If they aren't willing to take a chance on Bulletstorm 2 then do they really think this new IP is going to sell well?
  • Redeater - December 11, 2011 6:27 a.m.

    Oh and before anyone makes a bitchy reply.. Okami, Bulletstorm, Enslaved, Beyond G&E, every Platinum games and niche Sega title, Brutal Legend and many, many more titles that failed hard are in my library..and they weren't bought from gamestop. I'm not against new IPs at all but I'm sick of seeing something unoriginal like GOW3 just murder the crap out of something satirical and fun like Bulletstorm.
  • Sinosaur - December 11, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    I don't really think you can blame Epic for part three of their biggest franchise selling more than a brand new franchise that had some disappointing reports about game length pop up. Personally, I haven't bought either, Gears because I've not even finished 2 yet and Bulletstorm because I've had a ton of other games I'm more interested in drop since then. So, what should you do? If you like new IPs, just cheer for them and don't blame Epic for a game they made and actually advertised the hell out of coming up short in sales. They tried, which is more than could be said of EA publishing Shadows of the Damned.
  • Redeater - December 11, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    You had to bring Shadows into this didn't you? Seriously though I don't blame them for the lack of sales but I do blame game companies for the mentality that if a game doesn't sell 3 million out of the gate it is a failure. Then they go on to state how only sequels make money. How about giving a new IP a sequel and then decide if they should call it quits?
  • kit07 - December 11, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    im willing to bet that if they had announced bulletstorm 2 you would have complained that they can't come up with anything original, and would be begging for a new IP.
  • Redeater - December 11, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    Your the kind of idiot that complains about day one dlc and if they don't have it within the first week you complain that you have already sold it to gamestop. It's fun to judge without consequence isn't it? I'm not against new games. I'm against yearly releases where they don't improve anything. Would Portal be any fun if they released one every year?? Growing up with NES I am one of the biggest Nintendo fans around and I can tell you if Mario Galaxy 3 was released next year I would take a pass. Where the hell would you get the idea that if Enslaved or Bulleststorm 2 was released I would complain about it?? Try reading comments next time instead of reading what you want into them.
  • kit07 - December 11, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    we should be happy that we have a new IP. End of story. don't be sore cuz Bulletstorm didn't do as well in sales as they might have hoped, so they decided to hold off making a sequel for it right away.
  • snipes101 - December 11, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    Your logic just doesn't make any sense at all. You seem like you're just looking for things to complain about. You complain about companies only making sequels, then complain about the fact that this company is not making a sequel. It may be because the game didn't sell well, but still. In addition, you should really do your research. Bulletstorm was made by both People Can Fly and Epic, it was not wholly an Epic games IP. So it might not have been totally up to them to make a sequel or not. In addition, Kit got the idea that you would bitch about sequels to Enslaved
  • snipes101 - December 11, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    whoops hit post before I finished. In addition, Kit got the idea that you would bitch about sequels to Enslaved and Bulletstorm because you have done nothing but complain and attack people the whole time you have been on here, leading us all to understandably believe that you are a petulant whiny jerk. Sorry.
  • Redeater - December 11, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    First off welcome to the internet. ░░░░░▄▄▄▄▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▄▄▄▄▄▄░░░░░░░ ░░░░░█░░░░▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒░░▀▀▄░░░░ ░░░░█░░░▒▒▒▒▒▒░░░░░░░░▒▒▒░░█░░░ ░░░█░░░░░░▄██▀▄▄░░░░░▄▄▄░░░░█░░ ░▄▀▒▄▄▄▒░█▀▀▀▀▄▄█░░░██▄▄█░░░░█░ █░▒█▒▄░▀▄▄▄▀░░░░░░░░█░░░▒▒▒▒▒░█ █░▒█░█▀▄▄░░░░░█▀░░░░▀▄░░▄▀▀▀▄▒█ ░█░▀▄░█▄░█▀▄▄░▀░▀▀░▄▄▀░░░░█░░█░ ░░█░░░▀▄▀█▄▄░█▀▀▀▄▄▄▄▀▀█▀██░█░░ ░░░█░░░░██░░▀█▄▄▄█▄▄█▄████░█░░░ ░░░░█░░░░▀▀▄░█░░░█░█▀██████░█░░ ░░░░░▀▄░░░░░▀▀▄▄▄█▄█▄█▄█▄▀░░█░░ ░░░░░░░▀▄▄░▒▒▒▒░░░░░░░░░░▒░░░█░ ░░░░░░░░░░▀▀▄▄░▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒░░░░█░ ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░▀▄▄▄▄▄░░░░░░░░█░░ Second I'm not against sequels but ANNUAL releases. Look at Assassin's Creed. While Brotherhood was damn near the perfect game Revelations added nothing and if you look at the forums people are getting sick of it already. Learn to read.
  • Redeater - December 11, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Please point out where I attacked someone please. I was accused of something for no good reason and I responded. The only one attacking someone here is you.
  • Dadyo238 - December 11, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Well, Valve has released 4 games in the Half-Life series and they still manage to keep it feeling fresh, so yes, Portal would still be awesome.
  • Zixor - December 11, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    What the f*** do you mean by a new IP sequel? It's not NEW anymore if it's the second game, and then you'll just cry "Shameless cash-in!". How about we get over the fact that publishers prefer safe bets with an existing franchise and be glad when new and original games come out.
  • Manguy17 - December 12, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    I didnt have fun on bulletstorm, oddly it didnt feel inventive at all with whip kick and shoot gameplay, im sure theres more to it, but the fact that I didnt feel it might be an indication to why it didnt sell, or atleast, thats the main reason i can think of aside from it being not cod
  • ObliqueZombie - December 11, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    Who's to say they've given up? It's a big company, and they don't just have one team working on Gears of War 3, Bulletstorm, and whatever the hell this is. To be honest, I played and bought Bulletstorm, and it wasn't THAT great. It was fun, to be sure! But it was a raving good time. Especially with the lack of campaign time and shite multiplayer. Enslaved was the same way with me, except I was blown away by the motion capture. There's a reason these games didn't sell too well, and it may have something to do with replayablility. Personally, I wouldn't recommend anyone to actually pay a full $60 price for them. As for Okami and Beyond Good and Evil, well... those are bad luck cases. Every generation has one. Platinum Games, however... what are you talking about? They're developing two games as we speak, both of which I can NOT wait for, and every game they've ever developed--the voluptuous Bayonetta, the insanely great Vanquish, and the oddball-that-could Mad World (for the damned Wii, I might add)--were never MEANT to have sequels. It was a one-and-done deal, like a writer who sporadically writes new pieces after the other, i.e. Steven King. There's always a reason why these things don't make it, but who's to say the one's you've mentioned HAVEN'T made it, and are in developed? I'm pretty sure Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been announced, but correct me if I'm wrong.
  • jackthemenace - December 11, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    I like the departure from tradition shooter, sure, but the cartoony style doesn't feel right. To me, it just isn't EPIC. It needs more... ANGST.
  • codystovall - December 10, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    zombies......fuck that.
  • R-ape - December 10, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Okay, good - I'm tired of beefed up marines and other seemingly invincible protagonists. This cartoonish direction will do me good.

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