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Fortnite from Epic and Cliff Bleszinski is a “social survival” game

A world that’s gone to hell... with a Disney Pixar look.” That’s how Cliff Bleszinski describes Fortnite, the upcoming release from Epic Games. The guys who invented the roadie run, the Hammer of Dawn, and the chainsaw bayonet want you to say, “Epic made that?” when you play their new game.

In an interview with G4, Bleszinski calls Fortnite a “social survival game.” In the game’s daylight hours, players scramble to gather resources and build up their fort, bracing for a night of zombie hell. “You’re building up pre-fab sections of wall, as well as traps and things like that,” Bleszinski told the gaming channel.


With Fortnite, Bleszinski says Epic will be putting the “survival” back in survival horror. “A lot of games claim they’re about surviving, but they’re really about going out and killing creatures. This game is truly about enduring.” He also hints at Fortnite’s class-based gameplay, saying, “It’s one of those games where every player has a role. I’m a big fan of class based games, so one player may be very good with melee, another may be good with construction.”

Despite possible similarities to Gears of War’s Horde mode, Bleszinski says Epic chose Fortnite as its next project to avoid “pigeonholing” as macho game makers. “People think we make these dudebro games. Fortnite kind of breaks out of that.” While it’s doubtful that Epic would stray too far from their strengths, Fortnite looks like it could add much depth to the formula Bleszinski pioneered with Horde mode in Gears.

 

Fortnite has a rather bare official site, with no platform information or release dates yet announced, so keep building your stockpiles and reinforcing those walls in preparation for the coming undead storm.

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7 comments

  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 25, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    "To survive, you must recruit 3 friends on Facebook! Don't have a Facebook account? Sign up now!" At least he has the balls to use the term, "dudebro", like a champ.
  • NuclearXmas - January 24, 2012 8:09 p.m.

    It sounds like minecraft and looks like all those shitty xbla arcade games that noone ever gave a shit about. Like Bloody Good Time and Dead Block.
  • ChrisCultista - January 24, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    The concept sounds pretty awesome, but using the word 'social' really puts me off.
  • TheGuy42 - January 24, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    I wonder why g4 tried to act like they were showing new footage of the game by showing the same 15 seconds of footage over and over again.
  • Joaovpo - January 24, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    Reminds me of die2nite.com.
  • Redeater - January 24, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    I hate how "social" has become the new buzz word. That said I hope this turns out......then maybe they can fund Bulletstorm 2? :)
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 24, 2012 2 p.m.

    This looks like Horde Mode 3.0 minus the rest of the game. That's not a negative, mind, I love horde and it was easily the best thing about Gears of War 3, but I'm not sure that it would be able to hold up an entire game. I can easily see this being announced as a downloadable title, which I find a much more attractive prospect than paying £35/$60 for a reskinned Gears of War mode.

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