Former Epic Games director tried to cancel Fortnite: "It would not exist” - Dexerto

Former Epic Games director tried to cancel Fortnite: “It would not exist”

Published: 16/Jun/2019 12:45 Updated: 16/Jun/2019 13:35

by Marcus Banks


Fortnite is currently the biggest game in the world, but it wouldn’t have achieved such success had former director of production, Rod Fergusson, stayed at Epic Games – as he planned to scrap the game’s development entirely.

Originally launched in July 2017 with Fortnite: Save the World, it wasn’t until September 2017 when the battle royale mode was released which resulted in the game exploding in popularity, capturing most of the market share previously held by titles such as H1Z1 and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.


With top streamers and content creators all rushing to play the game, it reached heights that no one ever would have expected, including ex-director of production, Rod Fergusson, who revealed that the game would have been cancelled if he was still employed with Epic Games.

EPIC GAMESFortnite is currently the world’s most popular game.

Speaking to Game Informer, Fergusson, who now works with the Gears 5 team, claimed the Fortnite project didn’t include BR during his time with the company and Save the World posed plenty of challenges which could have led to cancellation.


“If I stayed at Epic, I would have cancelled Fortnite. Absolutely,” Fergusson said. “Before I left I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was just Save the World, that was a project that had some challenges.

“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.”

EPIC GAMESFortnite was almost scrapped from development before BR was added.

Fergusson added that he does not lose any sleep over it, despite their enormous success over the last two years, and revealed he was extremely happy for the developers.


However, he was quick to remind fans that the game they know and love would not exist if he stayed with the company.

The former director said: “That game you love, the worldwide sensation, it would not exist had I stayed at Epic.”

Fortunately for Fortnite fans, the game shows no signs of dying any time soon.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.