Epic Games has confirmed the fact that Fortnite will launch on both next-generation consoles when they come out later this year. The game is the Unreal Engine 4 version of the incredibly popular battle royale that was rumored for some time now to be on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Launching in Unreal Engine 4.25 Initially
The gaming studio has also added that it will migrate Fortnite to the recently-announced Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021. More exactly, Fortnite is set to launch on both PS5 and Xbox Series X in Unreal Engine 4.25 form, according to Epic boss Tim Sweeney.
“We’re gonna be launching Fortnite on next-generation consoles using Unreal Engine 4.25, which is going to be updated, which lots of partners are launching next-generation games on, and we’ll transition Fortnite to Unreal Engine 5 next year and start to incorporate cool new features based on it,” Sweeney said.
“It has to because when Fortnite switches to Unreal Engine 5 late next year, we’ll continue supporting all nine platforms – well, nine, when you add the two new ones,” Sweeney explained.
Unreal Engine 4.25 was only released this month, and it is the first launch of the engine with initial support for the next-generation consoles. Some of its features are already present in
Fortnite, as per Epic Games.
“The Fortnite team has been battle-testing Niagara VFX and Chaos physics, and these feature sets are now in use in currently shipping seasons of the game. Niagara is now production-ready, with a polished new UI and significant performance and stability improvements. There are also a host of new features, including the ability to create complex, large-scale particle effects such as flocking and chains, and to have particles react to music or other audio sources – all in real-time,” the gaming studio detailed.
Epic intends to support cross-progression across console generations and platforms so the account, progression, and items can continue. Fortnite is also said to support cross-play across all platforms, including on the current and the upcoming consoles.