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.

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Matt Kim

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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.

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