Former director of productions at Epic Games, Rod Fergusson, told Game Informer that he tried to have Fortnite canceled before he left the company.
Fortnite launched back in 2017 as Fortnite: Save the World, with the popular Battle Royale mode launching a few months later.
Fortnite’s BR mode soon captured the same audience that was previously distracted by H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, quickly claiming one of the top spots for the most popular video game.
One of Epic’s previous employees, Rod Fergusson, initially didn’t believe in the BR and actually tried to cancel the game.
During an interview with Game Informer, the ex-director of production explained that “If I stayed at Epic, I would have canceled Fortnite. Before I left, I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was just Save The World, that was a project that had some challenges.”
Fergusson continued his opinion with, “As the director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should have continued to keep going.”
Even though Fergusson is now with the Gears of War 5 team, he is happy for the team at Epic Games for their success with Fortnite.
“That game you love [Fortnite], the worldwide sensation, it would not exist had I stayed at Epic.”
It seems like Epic Games made the right decision to push on with Fortnite, especially since the game earned the company billions of dollars in 2018.
Even though Fergusson is no longer with Epic, it is certainly interesting to hear his perspective on the world-wide phenomenon video game.