Fortnite Came Close to Being Canceled

Fortnite Came Close to Being Canceled

There's an alternate timeline out there without Fortnite.

The world was apparently very close to missing out on Fortnite altogether. At least according to former Epic Games production lead Rod Fergusson, who says he would've canceled the game if he were still at Epic.

In an interview with Game Informer, Fergusson, who is now a producer on the Gears of War series at The Coalition, revealed that he was considering canceling Fortnite back when he was at Epic. Mind you, this was when Fortnite was just the PvE game, Fortnite Save the World.

"If I had stayed at Epic, I would have canceled Fortnite," Fergusson says. "Before I left, I tried to cancel Fortnite."

"When it was Save the World, that was a project that just had some challenges. And as a director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should continue to keep going."

Fortnite began as a PvE game that combined elements of Minecraft and tower defense. In 2017, sensing a lack of interest in the PvE mode, Epic made a battle royale mode, and the rest is history. Now, Fortnite Battle Royale is one of the biggest games in the world.

So, when Fergusson says he was close to canceling Fortnite, he really means that original Save the World mode, which has definitely taken a backseat to the battle royale mode. And Fergusson is glad that the team at Epic made the battle royale mode because if he were still at the company and there was only Save the World, "That game you love, the worldwide sensation, would not exist had I stayed at Epic," Fergusson says.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

In other news

Call of Duty: Warzone's Map Will Reportedly Undergo Substantial Changes in Season 5

A new report from Video Games Chronicle details how Verdansk is changing in the next season of Call of Duty: Warzone.

Call of Duty's Latest Update Reignites Complaints About Its Huge File Footprint

The PC version lacks options for picking which parts you do and don't want.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Patch Nerfs the Grau and MP5

The patch applies to both Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Need help?

Fortnite Overtime Challenges - How to Complete All the Overtime Challenges in Fortnite Battle Royale

These are all the Fortnite Overtime Challenges, which offer a ton of bonus XP and a new loading screen.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm Tips - Choose Class, How to Win at Battlefield Battle Royale

Battlefield Firestorm has finally launched. Here’s how to come out on top.

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Release Date, Beta Phase, Battle Royale Mode - Everything we Know

This is our guide to the new Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, including the beta testing phase, and more.