Fortnite, Epic's Minecraft-meets-tower defense mash-up, will be out this year

Tim Sweeney let the word slip at GDC.

Remember Fortnite? It was revealed in 2011 as a sort of Team Fortress 2 meets Minecraft hybrid, and there was an alpha test in 2015, which was also the year it was supposed to be out. We've heard little about it since then outside of alpha updates, though—until today, when Epic Games co-founder Tim Sweeney said during a talk at GDC that it's set to ship "in the year ahead."   

The remark so was made with absolutely no fanfare whatsoever, and came and went so quickly that it wasn't clear what exactly he meant. But an Epic rep confirmed in a follow-up email that he did in fact mean that Fortnite will be out this year. It wasn't the most detailed statement ever—"2017 is correct!" was the extent of it—but now we know. 

We got some hands-on time with Fortnite back in the summer of 2015, and even though it's almost certainly changed quite a bit since then, it'll still give you a good idea of what's in store. Dig in here


As lead news writer during ‘merican hours, Andy covers the day-to-day events that keep PC gaming so interesting, exciting, and occasionally maddening. He’s fond of RPGs, FPSs, dungeons, Myst, and the glorious irony of his parents buying him a TRS-80 instead of an Atari so he wouldn't end up wasting his life on videogames.
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