Epic‘s upcoming PC title, Fortnite, may contain an ‘always online’ requirement, similar to what Blizzard did with Diablo III. In an interview with RockPaperShotgun, Tanya Jessen, the game’s producer, hinted that the system may be implemented due to the game’s multiplayer focus. Fortnite will be taking advantage of all the tools that make PC gaming superior to its console brethren – including mod support and constant updates containing tweaks, fixes and new content – and an unfortunate byproduct of that may be a requirement for the game to be constantly connected to the internet.
Unlike the intrusive system created by Blizzard, though, Jessen explained that, were Fortnite to include this system, it would only be because it would be an improvement to the game, and not as an anti-piracy measure:
““Fortnite is a game that’s being developed as a co-op experience primarily. That’s our number one focus. This is a game you’re gonna want to play with your friends, and it’s most fun with your friends. So whatever we decide to do there is gonna be more relevant to the most fun experience you can have with your friends [than it is to piracy].”
Epic released another statement after the interview to clarify just what Jessen meant, explaining that, while everything is still on the table, they haven’t entered serious talks about how to implement the game’s multiplayer features yet, as Fortnite isn’t due for release until 2013. So, while an always-online requirement is still a possibility, it’s not something the folks at Epic are actively considering right now, if only because they aren’t actively considering anything at the moment. Although, I’d be willing to bet that the nasty attention the Blizzard has gotten would cause Epic to ensure their always-online system is implemented better than what we saw with Diablo III, which I haven’t touched yet for that very reason. My internet isn’t always reliable, and playing a game with an always-online requirement would just cause too much frustration.
Here’s hoping Epic think of another way to go for Fortnite.