Once we began speaking about launching Future 2 on the Epic Video games Retailer, the purpose was to make the sport much more out there to folks all around the world, it doesn’t matter what platform they most popular. However as quickly as Bungie and Epic began speaking, they realized they have been large followers of one another, and issues began snowballing. That is how we ended up with a crossover spanning three video games, six characters/outfits, a map recreation, and three Guardian courses reimagined as rock-em-sock-em jellybeans.
Each studios have been embarking on new territory. Future 2 doesn’t have characters that come from different video games. And on Epic’s facet, though they have fun welcoming an enormous assortment of recognizable faces into their universe, none of their unique Fortnite outfits have appeared in some other sport… till now.
“Once we began speaking about who could be coming to Future 2 from Fortnite, we knew we wished iconic, immediately recognizable outfits that have been additionally fan-favorites, ” mentioned Joss Worth, director of strategic partnerships at Bungie. “We got here up with our brief checklist and once we went to Epic, they have been already on the identical web page.”
The checklist learn: Drift, Black Knight, Oblivion.
For the reason that groups at Epic and Bungie are massive followers of one another’s video games, it wasn’t stunning that they noticed eye to eye when selecting outfits. It was simple to think about the smooth and streamlined Oblivion as a Hunter. In different instances, it wasn’t simply that Drift’s lengthy coat matched a Warlock’s silhouette, the truth that they’re imbued with magic additionally got here into play. Black Knight as a Titan? Straightforward alternative.
In a well-established universe, it may well typically be onerous to specify what makes one thing click on into place or stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, each Future 2 and Fortnite have been getting common updates for years now and each groups have gotten actually good at figuring out when one thing blends seamlessly with the universe.
Justin Dazet, Future 2’s commerce space lead, spoke glowingly concerning the crew of artists working at Bungie. “Our artists are unbelievable at taking one thing which may not seem to be it suits on paper and approaching it from a spot we may have by no means imagined. We maintain our artwork pillars very shut, and I believe you’ll be able to see that within the consistency of our releases. Our purpose is to make sure that you’re by no means pulled out of the fantasy.”
There’s no single option to be a Guardian. And though they take many varieties and have an infinite number of kinds (#ThreadsOfLight), we share the group’s respect for the Future universe, and might sense when one thing feels misplaced.
We additionally share the group’s ardour for taking part in with non-canonical components—in spite of everything, we by no means stopped being followers. Our purpose is to strike a stability that enables us to flex our creativity in new methods whereas mindfully reeling issues in till they really feel at dwelling.
Worth remembers, “A guiding phrase for us was, ‘Authentically Future 2, unmistakably Fortnite.’ We have been mixing two universes and we knew that staying true to each was doable or we wouldn’t have tried it.”
Flying in the wrong way (probably in a Battle Bus) we discover three iconic Future 2 characters: the Titan Vanguard, Commander Zavala; the Warlock Vanguard, Ikora Rey; and the time-traveling Exo Stranger.
“Identical to us, Epic has an excellent thought for a way issues ought to match of their sport and what their design ideas are,” mentioned Bungie Artwork Lead, Josh Deeb. “The truth that they’re followers of Future 2 made remaining trustworthy to what makes our characters particular simple—it felt like we have been talking the identical language.”
The groups recognized options that make every character immediately recognizable, and sought to protect these key features:
● Zavala’s glowing eyes that are a characteristic of the Awoken race.
● Ikora’s facial expressions—a signature of the Warlock’s intimidating and studious persona.
● The Exo Stranger’s robotic components distinguish her from her two organic companions.
Along with the three Future 2 characters making their Fortnite debut, Epic additionally labored with creator crew PWR to construct a complete Future 2 map in Fortnite.
“Javelin-4 is without doubt one of the most iconic and well-played maps and it ported very well,” mentioned Worth. “The crew at PWR are large Future followers, and the map was extensively playtested till it struck a stability that felt true to each video games.”
“As life-long followers of Bungie and avid gamers of Future 2 and Fortnite, it has been an unbelievable alternative to work alongside such proficient groups,” mentioned PWR’s artistic director of sport growth Boomer Gurney. “Bringing these two iconic video games to life in a single expertise was difficult and solely doable due to the eagerness of everybody concerned. This undertaking has been our most playtested sport so far, and whereas it was invaluable to assist fine-tune and seize the spirit of each titles, I believe everybody was simply having loads of enjoyable enjoying. We’re very pleased with what we’ve been capable of create collectively and excited for gamers to expertise it reside in Fortnite.”
Dima Goryainov, Future’s universe idea artwork lead, spoke about one of many largest challenges PWR confronted with the recreation of Javelin-4. “PWR did an unbelievable job of discovering actually artistic methods to make use of the present Fortnite asset library and Inventive toolset to very intently match the visuals of Future 2. Some areas of the map look almost equivalent to the unique Javelin-4 and even for one thing as particular because the rocket, sufficient comparable items have been creatively utilized with a purpose to nonetheless get the general really feel throughout. They completely nailed the look when it comes to visible design, element density, and lighting.”
Becoming a member of the celebration and including somewhat additional chaos to the crossover, Mediatonic made the Fall Guys collab as painless as a pillow combat. As builders of Fall Guys , Mediatonic are all execs at this and have nailed including new characters to their universe loads of instances. However for us, this was untraveled territory. We’ve by no means seen the three Future courses represented as Bumbling Beans earlier than—most of us had by no means even thought of what which may appear to be—however as quickly as we witnessed Mediatonic’s eye-opening implementation from idea artwork to lovable playable characters, the approval on our facet was a breeze. I imply, c’mon:
As if that wasn’t sufficient, Katie Lennox, director of client merchandise at Bungie, hinted at one thing each groups are engaged on, “I can’t say a lot now, however we’re actually excited to be partnering with our buddies at Fall Guys on some additional particular squishy choices for followers that will likely be revealed at a later date!”
In hindsight, this partnership was a no brainer. There’s loads of crossover between communities; individuals who prefer to play Fortnite find yourself liking Future and vice versa. In actual fact, it was simple to seek out examples inside each our studios. Right here at Bungie, Dazet can’t begin his day and not using a sport of Fall Guys. Future 2’s Sport Director, Joe Blackburn, loves enjoying Fortnite together with his household, and Epic’s Chief Inventive Officer, Donald Mustard, has mentioned that Future 2 is certainly one of his favourite video games of all time.
If you mix fandom with a ardour for creativity, the outcomes will be astounding; simply take a look at the unbelievable work that comes out of each communities. That magical mixture was discovered all through this collaboration.
“Though this was our first sport of collaboration, it felt like we have been on the World Collection,” Mentioned Deeb. “And to stretch the analogy a bit, if you work in video games, it usually feels such as you’re in the identical sport’s league. So, it’s comprehensible that some folks may see that as a hyper aggressive panorama, but it surely’s the other. We’re all followers of enjoying the sport, so to talk, and attending to associate up like that is extremely enjoyable.”
And so, as you put together to take your new Black Knight decoration out for a Dusk spin, throw a fluffy-fisted haymaker, or leap out of the Battle Bus with signature Sparrows and sword-themed pickaxes in hand, depend your self among the many tons of of followers that made this a actuality. We hope you like enjoying what we made as a lot as we do.
We’re all Guardians, now. See you starside.
Future 2, Fortnite, and Fall Guys can be found totally free on the Epic Video games Retailer and the PlayStation Retailer. PlayStation homeowners who hyperlink their account will have the ability to unlock a brand new Future 2 emblem set to launch on September 1. Future 2 content material is on the market in the present day in Fortnite. Fortnite-themed armor ornaments can be found in the present day in Future 2. Guardian-themed costumes coming to Fall Guys starting on September 17.