The massively successful Fortnite can’t be avoided, everyone knows about the title, but what people may not know is that the game was also cancelled in its early days.
According to a recent podcast by Game Informer, Rod Fergusson, who left his role as director of production for Epic Games in 2012, and now heads Gears of War developer The Coalition, said “If I stayed at Epic, I would have canceled Fortnite. Before I left, I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was Save the World, that was a project that had some challenges.”
Epic Games initially released Fortnite in July 2017 with Save the World, a co-op mode that pits players against hordes of zombies while also utilizing the game’s building mechanics. However, it was not until September 2017 when the developer added the Battle Royale mode that the game started soaring in popularity.
“As the director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should have continued to keep going… That game you love, the worldwide sensation, would not exist had I stayed at Epic,” Fergusson said, adding that he was happy for the team with the success that they have achieved.
Fergusson did not elaborate on what issues Epic Games was facing in the development of Fortnite that gave him reason to consider cancelling the project.
Fortnite is set to rise to higher heights with the arrival of Nate Nanzer, the founding commissioner of the Overwatch League. Nanzer will be overseeing the game’s competitive scene, which has been plagued by cheating problems during its launch.