Epic recently unveiled Unreal Engine 4 and it looks amazing. At Comic Con, it was revealed that Fortnite would be the first game built on this new technology. Given that Gears of War was the proving piece for UE3, a stylized, unrealistic game like Fortnite is an interesting choice to debut this beefy new engine. While the game may not have the mountain ranges, lava or demon kings we saw in that demo, look at Fortnite’s lighting, textures and skyboxes. It may prioritize style and art direction over bump-mapping, but Fortnite is undoubtedly a next-gen game, and it will launch as a PC-exclusive.
However, if your computer is last-gen, don’t worry. There’s still a good chance it can run Fortnite. Epic has said that scaling the technology to work on less-than-cutting-edge machines is a priority. “That was a big driving factor for us in making the switch to Unreal Engine 4. Fortnite was always designed as a game with lots of different people getting together and playing… to ensure UE4 not only made an amazing, working game but is also made to play on the PC you own today is incredibly important to us.”