Lego Fortnite, a recent collaboration between The Lego Group and Epic Games, is quickly being overshadowed by an even grander venture.
Epic announced a new partnership with The Walt Disney Company, with Disney investing $1.5 billion in Epic Games for an equity stake.
This collaboration aims to create an expansive gaming and entertainment universe, merging Disney’s iconic characters with the Fortnite platform, and leveraging Epic’s Unreal Engine for seamless integration.
The project promises a vast array of experiences, allowing players to interact with beloved characters from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and more within Fortnite’s ecosystem.
Disney’s CEO Bob Iger views this as the company’s most significant foray into gaming, facilitated by Epic’s prior involvement in Disney’s Accelerator program.
Epic’s strategic vision continues to expand Fortnite’s horizons beyond its battle royale origins.
Recent additions like Lego Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival demonstrate Epic’s interest in diversifying gameplay experiences.
The Disney partnership also capitalizes on Fortnite’s thriving in-game economy, offering lucrative opportunities for digital commerce featuring Disney-themed content.
With a focus on fostering community engagement, the collaboration aims to unite the Disney and Fortnite communities within an open, persistent ecosystem.
While the release date remains unspecified, the significant investment from Disney suggests a swift development timeline, ensuring players won’t have to wait long for this ambitious project to come to fruition.
Epic is having a very good few months after a jury in December found in favor of the game company in a lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet.
Epic was battling with the tech giant over the 30% fees charged by Google for sales made inside of Fortnite, which Epic challenged as being a violation of antitrust laws.