Disney and Epic Games to Create 'Expansive' Fortnite Universe

Disney and Epic Games to Create ‘Expansive’ Fortnite Universe

Disney and Fortnite maker Epic Games are teaming up to create a Disney-centric game and entertainment universe. As part of the collaboration, Disney will invest $1.5 billion in the video game maker. Disney’s impressive IP catalog will be on full display as characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Avatar will be available in this online metaverse. Disney says that players will be able to create their own stories and share their experiences with other users. The unnamed Fortnite Disney game will run on Unreal Engine.

Concept art for Disney and Epic Games' Fortnite universe. Copyright Disney.
Copyright Disney.

This isn’t the first Fortnite collaboration between Disney and Epic Games. Disney character skins have been available in Fortnite for years, and 15.3 concurrent users joined the Marvel Nexus War with Galactus live event.

Why Fortnite?

Fortnite launched as a battle royale shooter game. And while that’s still the draw for many users, the game has evolved into something more. The gameplay is still the biggest draw for most fans, but Fortnite has also become an online hangout space. Disney hopes to tap into that space:

“This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of games and offers significant opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t wait for fans to experience the Disney stories and worlds they love in groundbreaking new ways.”

Bob Iger

Fortnite recently launched other collaborative games, including Lego Fortnite and Rocket Racing. The latter is based on the uber-popular Rocket League, which already has a Mandalorian overlay.

This will be Disney’s second video game universe. Disney Infinity, which launched in 2013, required users to buy physical figures to unlock characters in the game. While fun, nobody will mistake Infinity for whatever Epic and Disney cook up.

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