E3 2019: Fortnite Was Almost Canceled

During an interview at E3, the world learned that Fortnite was almost canceled before it ever got massively popular. The interview, conducted by Game Informer was with former Epic Games Production Lead Rod Fergusson who now works at The Coalition on Gears of War.

“If I had stayed at Epic, I would have canceled Fortnite,” Fergusson says. “Before I left, I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was Save the World, that was a project that just had some challenges. And as a director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should continue to keep going.”

He also went on to say, “That game you love, the worldwide sensation, would not exist had I stayed at Epic.”

Of course, he is referring to Fortnite Save the World, the PvE mode that came before the massively popular Battle Royale mode took over the world. Back then the game wasn’t performing very well and was barely known at all. Thankfully, Epic saw the Battle Royale light and the game has become a global sensation.

What would the world and the gaming genre have looked like if Fortnite Battle Royale had never come to be? Would we all still be playing PUBG or would the shift to the next big fad have come even faster? For the record, we here at MMOGames have 4v4 being the next big gaming fad, especially after this year’s E3.

Some may say that the world would have been better off without Fortnite Battle Royale. We don’t agree with that sentiment but that’s only because we’ve seen the numbers and know that Fortnite actually helped bring in a whole new generation of gamers. Gamers who are now venturing out to find other games to play.

 

Source: Game Informer via USGamer

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Shannon first discovered MMOs in 1999 when she picked up the newly launched Everquest. This started a lifelong love affair with online gaming that has taken her around the world and brought her to MMOGames.com. While she still pines for the streets of Paragon, the City of Heroes, today she spends most of her gaming time walking across Tyria in Guild Wars 2, roleplaying with anyone who says hello.