Fortnite Will Be Playable on Next-Gen Consoles at Launch

Fortnite Will Be Playable on Next-Gen Consoles at Launch

Floss on the next generation of console hardware.

Fortnite has been one of the most popular games of the current generation, spanning battle royales, world cups, and massive in-game concerts. Today, it's been confirmed that Fortnite will span the gap to the next console generation as well.

During today's Epic Games stream showcasing the new Unreal Engine 5, Epic confirmed that Fortnite will be released on the next generation of consoles at launch. While it will still be on the Unreal Engine 4 base, Epic says Fortnite will migrate to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021.

The full launch of Unreal Engine 5, across next-gen, current-gen, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, is expected by late 2021. An early preview is set to go live earlier that year.

The recent Travis Scott concert in Fortnite helped the battle royale game set a new concurrent player record at over 12.3 million users. Epic also recently debuted a new no-combat social space called Party Royale, which featured a number of musicians performing live sets through in-game channels and an island full of activities, while free of the usual combat and chaos.

It's not too surprising that the massively popular battle royale is making the jump over to the next generation of consoles. The integration of Unreal Engine 5 is pretty interesting though, and could mean some major upgrades on the way for Fortnite, both in terms of visuals and throughout other facets of the game. At least once this holiday season rolls around, you won't have to worry about keeping the old consoles out if another big in-game concert comes up.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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