Epic Video games and Disney accomplice up on a Fortnite ‘leisure universe’

Lego Fortnite is barely two months outdated, however Epic Video games is already out with an excellent greater collaboration.

Epic and Disney introduced immediately that the businesses will accomplice on an “all-new video games and leisure universe” that may carry characters from Disney’s deep catalogue to life by Fortnite.

The scope of the undertaking sounds large, to say the least. In a press launch, the businesses described the forthcoming undertaking as “an all-new video games and leisure universe” providing gamers a approach to “play, watch, store and interact with” characters and storylines from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar. The collaboration will use Epic’s Unreal Engine and shall be “interoperable” with Fortnite, tying into Epic’s present on-line social gaming infrastructure.

“This marks Disney’s greatest entry ever into the world of video games and gives vital alternatives for development and growth,” Disney CEO Bob Iger stated of the partnership. Disney can even take a $1.5 billion fairness stake in Epic Video games as a part of the deal.

The Disney collaboration comes as a shock, however matches proper into Epic’s present roadmap. Epic has been increasing the previous’s scope in recent times. What started as a well-liked battle royale recreation (technically a player-versus-environment recreation earlier than that, if we’re nitpicking) has exploded right into a hub of user-generated recreation modes and model collaborations.

In December, Epic additional signaled its dedication to develop Fortnite past its roots as a multiplayer shooter with the addition of Lego Fortnite, Rocket Racing and Fortnite Pageant — three full standalone video games in utterly totally different genres than the unique Fortnite.

The undertaking doesn’t but have a launch date past “quickly(ish),” which suggests gamers received’t be in for a multiyear wait on the formidable collaboration, which apparently grew out of Epic’s time in a Disney Accelerator program again in 2017. Disney and Epic additionally already work intently on model collaborations inside Fortnite, and lots of common characters from Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be found as collectible in-game skins.

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