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83. Re: get off my lawn! Apr 9, 2012, 10:43 Beamer
Verno wrote on Apr 9, 2012, 10:38:
Hobeaux wrote on Apr 9, 2012, 10:34:
You guys are just so crotchety—first you complain that Epic doesn't care about PC gaming, and then when they actually state that they are working on a PC-only title you complain about that too.

Straw man. People complained because Epic largely ignored the PC platform and because of how they treated people who dared question them about it. Now that the gravy train is back in town their reappearance seems more than a little convenient.

I still think it's less about gravy train and more about next-gen console delays. They never hated the PC and they're not in love with it now. It's always been a platform they enjoy, and right now it's the only option to get a next-gen game out in 2013.

I'm guessing Fortnite is a 2012 release, this game will be slotted in as a 2013 release, and then there will be something big in 2014 launching with next-gen consoles. Or, perhaps, they don't think it makes sense to be a launch title (probably against Killzone 4, Halo 4, Uncharted 4, etc.) and will do a big title launch on PC and next-gen consoles in 2015.

In any case I'd wager big money that this is an experiment for them and based on timing. Fortnite is very obviously an experiment. They have room in their release schedule so it makes perfect sense to let the design teams stretch their muscles and try something totally new that is unlikely to be a big hit but is cheap, keeps them busy and lets them learn something. I'd wager this is the same, although I'd be afraid it's either a business model experiment more than a gameplay one (bad) or it's a "core" project done small (i.e., them proving to themselves they can still do awesome FPS games in non-Gears settings.)
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