There’s no denying that Fortnite Battle Royale has been a phenomenon. It has been one of the most successful titles of the entire decade since its launch in 2017 and its creators, Epic Games, has been referenced as one of the leading companies in the industry (although they were already known for other games and their Unreal Engine prior to the Battle Royale release).
However, Fortnite is just that: a game. Or at least, that is for now, since Tim Sweeney, the head of Epic Games, has issued some statements suggesting that his company will work hard to turn this title into something more than just a game, leading to a much more complete and entertaining experience.
The future of Fortnite
Epic Games has been able to make deals with large entertainment companies such as Marvel, which have managed to attract much more publicity and encourage artists of different media to get involved.
Now, the plans that the Epic Games’ CEO has for this game are a mystery, but what is known is that the company will continue betting on the development of Fortnite. At least that is what Tim Sweeney has made clear on Twitter when a fan asked him if he considered Fortnite as “a simple game or a platform” to which the CEO replied that “it is currently a game”, but that could change in the next year.
The impact of Tim Sweeney’s comment
Journalist Zbigniew Borowski refuted that Fortnite is only a game, since according to marketing studies, it has managed to unseat social networks as a meeting point for kids. Sweeney wanted to respond to this statement by making it clear that for him, it is still a game.
More specifically, the response read on Twitter says, “I will adhere to the 1990 definition that something is a platform when most of the content with which people spend time is created by others.”
This is the main reason why the executive says that Fortnite is still a simple game. Although, this comment could be a small clue of what the game could hold next year… What would Fortnite as a “platform” look like if it involves content “created by others?”