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Fortnite closed beta coming early 2013, says Epic

Saturday, 1 September 2012 18:05 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Fortnite will receive a closed beta in early 2013, according to producer Tanya Jessing.

Speaking with Joystiq at PAX after a panel on the game, Jessing confirmed there would “definitely be a closed beta,” but declined further comment when asked whether an open beta was also in the cards.

One lucky panel attendee was handed a key for early access to the tester.

Fortnite will be the first Unreal Engine 4 game to be released by Epic, and for the time being, it’s a PC-only title.

However, Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski has previously stated that may not always be the case as other platforms were “a possibility.”

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  1. deadstoned

    Its going to take a lot of effort on Epics part to restore their poor reputation with the PC crowd. Yes Epic you made UT2004 in 2004 well done.

    Since then the PC crowd got UT3 which did not measure up at all to the previous title. Then we got 2 sloppy rushed ports with Bulletstorm and Gears of War. Put GFWL on Fortnite Epic and you can kiss your reputation with PC Gamers goodbye for good.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Wow, 2103? That’s probably the earliest announcement in history.

    :D Problem?

    I think Epic are too smart to launch a PC exclusive with GFWL.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    I can’t wait for this. I enjoyed Bulletstorm on the PC only other game that has ran as smooth on the PC for me was Max Payne 3.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    Yeah I agree, there was nothing wrong with the port itself.

    But then I never tried to play coop, which is usually when GFWL starts breaking games.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Giskard

    I never played CoOp, as I have 0 friends (Not a South Park reference), but Bulletstorm was good fun. It suffered from having sub-par graphics compared to high end PC games, but that was expected from a console port.

    I am excited for this though. Looks like proper fun.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    I honestly don’t believe this game will have GFWL. There is no reason to since the game is not going on the 360 where most of their games are referenced off of and from what I hear GFWL makes it easier to port from 360 to PC because of it.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    Except if you want to patch your game at some point, or include multiplayer :P

    It does seem to be favored by those who make the quickest and dirtiest ports though.

    The guys who are serious about the PC are either dropping it or going with Steamworks, and I think most of those publishers know they’re cutting a heel to save a foot by doing it.

    Except maybe WB. They seem pretty clueless.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Talkar

    @7 You just managed to talk bad about Bethesda, THQ, Sega, Capcom, LucasArts, Codemasters, Square Enix, Namco Bandai, Double Fine, Rockstar, 2K games, and EA in one comment. Damn DSB you’re on a roll :P

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    @8 That’s not entirely fair :P

    THQ have dropped GFWL. 2K, EA and Square Enix seem to have done the same. And I assume that by Bethesda you mean Bulletstorm? I’m not sure that wasn’t Epic’s choice.

    Namco Bandai, Codemasters, LucasArts, Capcom, Warner Brothers and Sega can go fuck themselves though.

    I guess there’s a possibility that Double Fine can’t afford a proper port, considering what Phoenixblight says, but then it doesn’t make a lot of sense that Signal Studios are able to switch to Steamworks.

    They can go fuck themselves, tentatively.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Talkar

    By Bethesda i was actually referring to Fallout 3, if you remember that game used GFWL. Both the retail and steam version (i loved the first 2 fallouts so much i bought the 3rd on both steam and retail, what a grave mistake that was xD )

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    @10 Oh right. Again, I think fair should be fair.

    They’ve obviously dropped it in the meantime, and I’ll happily send them a basket for that.

    Consider publishers like Ubisoft who are actually willing to run their business into the ground, to avoid admitting that they made a mistake :P

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Talkar

    Well Ubisoft is in a category for themselves entirely. No matter what you or i think of GFWL (i know we disagree on it :P ) Ubisoft manages to piss off the PC crowd with pretty much everything they do. They are like the Uwe Boll of game publishers IMO xD

    #12 3 years ago
  13. deadstoned

    I dunno, I find Microsoft more insulting with the PC than Ubisoft. Microsoft owns the operating system and are supposed to understand all things PC including games, which they used to be good at on the PC. At least Ubisoft have made good games for the PC in the last 6+ years all be it with crap DRM, but at least they keep their crap DRM on their own games and don’t contaminate others *cough* Microsoft.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    I think they’re two peas in a pod, really.

    Given Microsofts position as owner of two of the biggest gaming platforms on the planet, it’s certainly weird that they don’t make half an effort with their gaming software.

    Assembly line AAA games, ruined studios, and some of the poorest DRM on the market.

    At the end of the day though, it’s down to the developers and publishers whether they want to use it, and they’re ultimately to blame for not checking the quality of the bloatware they bundle their games with.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Talkar

    ^I think it is a bit of a stretch to call GFWL bloatware, it doesn’t use so much more ressources than any other DRM on the market. If i remember correctly then securom actually uses more RAM than GFWL so actually securom would be the bloatware of those two, but really none of the DRM solutions that i’ve seen utilized lately qualify as being bloatware.

    On another note, i do agree with you that it would be great if Microsoft supported gaming more on the PC than they already do, and from the looks of it they are (very) slowly starting to do that with Windows 8.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    Haha. I always thought bloatware meant something else :P

    What do you call an unneccessary piece of software tacked onto another, that adds nothing to that software, except extra login screens and pointless updates, followed by pointless restarts, while achieving none of the things that it was created for?

    I mean I know we call it GFWL, but what’s the general term for a program like that?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Talkar

    @16
    I usually call it Steam, but i think most call it either crapware or shovelware :D

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    How do you figure?

    I go through exactly zero login screens to play a game on Steam, and I use the same number of clicks as I would on my desktop to start one.

    I’ve never once had to restart a game so Steam could update it, and certainly never repeatedly.

    I save time by having all my games updated automatically, without having to keep up with a developer blog, and consult Gamers Hell to find the right patch, or sequence of patches.

    It doesn’t do anything to stop piracy directly, so it fails there, but it has played a pretty significant role as one in a number of businesses, promoting the only business and delivery model, ever to cause a decrease in piracy.

    Aside from the fact that it saves you a trip to the store, and ownership of a lot of useless plastic.

    Ergo, I’m looking at one program that conveniences me, and achieves a comfortable (but certainly not perfect) standard of functionality, and one that takes between 5-10 attempts to connect me to my friends, that requires a manual login for every new game, followed by manual input of a license key, forcibly restarting my games purely to update the DRM, sometimes repeatedly, while offering me no benefit what so ever.

    If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Talkar

    I must say i’ve had pretty much the opposite experience with Steam compared to what you just described :P

    Several times when launching a game, no matter if it is something that has just launched, or if it has been years since the game was released. It happens that i receive the dreaded “The servers are too busy, please try again later”. Which just annoys me when i have the game on my computer, and i just want to play the damn game…

    Now i must agree with you that in most cases the auto update thingy is nice, but then again. However it does have a downside, that i was reminded off as late as yesterday when modding KOTOR 2 a bit. The mod i was trying out edited some existing files, and Steam saw some files weren’t matching those in its database so it replaced them.

    But the absolute worst thing i must say is actually not the client itself, but the customer service. Everything that has to do with customer service on Steam is either email or web based, which isn’t all that great. As you already know i’m a bit paranoid when it comes to my games :P And since there isn’t a steam phone number i can contact what do i do if my account is banned without reason? I can write an email, sure, but that is very easily ignored, a phone call is much harder to ignore because, well there is actually someone waiting for an answer :P

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    Yup, it’s not perfect.

    There’s always a risk that an online service is going to fail, but personally I haven’t been inconvenienced by that.

    I wasn’t aware that they didn’t have phone supporters, but I haven’t had any problems with the e-mail thing.

    Every reply I’ve gotten has been within 24 hours of making the ticket, sometimes an hour or two, depending on the time difference, and that’s even been the case during sales. They’ve always been pretty helpful when I’ve needed something.

    I can kind of agree that phone support would make a nice addition, but if you’re already paranoid, then how good do you feel letting a random indian or chinese guy, who makes less than we spend on sodapop every day, handle your personal information?

    That leads to situations like these: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/

    Personally I’d rather take a well trained supporter over a random “poor person”, who’s not even allowed to use his or her own name.

    I recently called KLM because I had a problem paying for a flight, and the chick on the phone actually asked me to read aloud my credit card info… That’s not the kind of support I need :)

    I think Steam has far more serious problems when it comes to something like the offline mode, which is just ass backwards (you have to get online, before you can go offline) and their return policy which seems to be far less extensive than you might like, at least by European standards.

    #20 3 years ago

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  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

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  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

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  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

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  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

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  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

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  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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