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Fortnite: former Epic production director would have cancelled Fortnite

Fortnite: former Epic production director would have cancelled Fortnite

By  Mia Carla 2019-06-17 712 0

Rod Fergusson, now with Gears of War developer The Coalition, has admitted that there would have been no Fortnite with him if he had stayed with Epic back then. "I tried to cancel it."

Fortnite alone is a billion dollar business for Epic Games today. The fact that the Battle Royal title would be able to stand out from the top dogs in such a way is unlikely to have been on anyone's radar at the time. In fact, two years ago, hardly anyone was able to get anything out of the name. Today, success is a phenomenon. If Rod Ferguson hadn't left Epic in 2012, there wouldn't be any of that hype. He would have cancelled Fortnite.

He even told the Game Informer that he had tried. But that was still during the concept phase, long before the now so popular Battle Royal mode went into planning or even development. "Had I stayed with Epic, I would have cancelled Fortnite," said the game director, who now earns his living at Gears of War developer The Coalition. "Before I left, I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was just Save the World, it was a challenging project."


Fergusson's claim was too high

"As the responsible director of production, I wouldn't have taken the hurdle that I set for something that we want to continue." The game that many people love today, the worldwide sensation - there wouldn't be any of that if Fergusson hadn't switched to another team.

Epic made three billion dollars in 2018 alone, and Fortnite should be a major contributor. While rivals like Apex Legends are gaining respect, their star is gradually sinking again. Fortnite, however, remains omnipresent. Even streamers today earn a golden nose with the title.

Without Fortnite's financial and attention injection, there would probably be no serious Steam competitor. The Epic Games Store is now polarizing tremendously - but thanks to many exclusive deals, PC gamers can no longer ignore it. With assets of 7.16 billion US dollars, company boss Tim Sweeney now ranks 198th in the ranking of the richest people. Valve boss Gabe Newell follows in the Bloomberg list only on rank 353. His assets are estimated at 4.58 billion US dollars.

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