Fortnite moves to Unreal Engine 5

Fortnite moves to Unreal Engine 5

Free-to-play battle royale behemoth Fortnite has officially moved to Unreal Engine 5.

The news was revealed via the tech's official Twitter account, with developer Epic Games saying that the title would be powered by this new version of Unreal as of the newly-released Chapter Three of Fortnite.

"With the arrival of Chapter 3, Fortnite development has flipped to Unreal Engine 5," Epic wrote.

"We're excited to share this journey with you and are working to make this the best experience possible for the entire Fortnite community."

Epic revealed Unreal Engine 5 in 2020, with CEO Tim Sweeney saying at the time that Fortnite would move to this new tech mid-2021.

Fortnite has attracted more than 350 million players since its debut back in 2017. Epic Games is now worth $28.7 billion.

Epic isn't the only studio to move game development to Unreal Engine 5. In May of this year, Gears of War maker The Coalition said that it was going to be using this new tech.

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