Epic Game’s Fortnite will arrive on Playstation 5 and Xbox as soon as the consoles are released
As the Unreal Engine 5 unveils today for consoles, Epic Game’s Fortnite will arrive on Playstation 5 and Xbox. What’s more, it plans to migrate Fortnite to the impressive Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021, which should enhance the game’s visuals and greatly expand its capabilities.
It’s no surprise Fortnite, which has more than 350 million registered players and is one of the biggest and most lucrative games on the planet, is coming to next-gen hardware. Both Microsoft and Sony have pledged to support nearly the entirety of their respective Xbox One and PS4 libraries through backwards compatibility thanks to the architecture of new consoles enabling them to play older software, which wasn’t possible with past generations. That means most games will work on the new consoles, even if developers do nothing.
“While we can’t share specifics at the moment, more powerful hardware will allow us to improve performance and visuals,” Fortnite’s official announcement reads in part. “At launch, the version of Fortnite we release on next-gen consoles will be built with Unreal Engine 4. We will migrate Fortnite to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021.”
Further details about the next-gen launch of Fortnite are sparse, but Epic Games did note that cross-play across all platforms will be supported and progression and such will carry over as well. This all makes sense, of course, given that basically everyone else can play together regardless of which platform they are on, and it would be a shame to see next-gen players off in their own walled garden. It would also mean a relatively low number of available players at launch, which seems like the opposite of what Epic Games might want.