Disney Buys $1.5 Billion Stake in Epic Games, Will Create New Experience in Fortnite

Disney Buys .5 Billion Stake in Epic Games, Will Create New Experience in Fortnite

Disney has introduced that it’s partnering with Epic Video games, having invested $1.5 billion into the studio for an fairness stake. In its announcement, Disney has acknowledged that the funding is a part of a multi-year partnership to carry content material from Disney’s properties to Fortnite.

As a part of the partnership, Epic Video games and Disney shall be creating a brand new persistent universe primarily based on varied Disney properties ranging throughout its varied divisions, together with Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. As a part of the brand new mission, gamers will be capable of make their very own experiences with Disney properties, all of which shall be powered by Unreal Engine.

“Our thrilling new relationship with Epic Video games will carry collectively Disney’s beloved manufacturers and franchises with the massively in style Fortnite in a transformational new video games and leisure universe,” stated Disney CEO Robert Iger. “This marks Disney’s greatest entry ever into the world of video games and affords important alternatives for progress and growth. We will’t await followers to expertise the Disney tales and worlds they love in groundbreaking new methods.”

“Disney was one of many first firms to consider within the potential of bringing their worlds along with ours in Fortnite, they usually use Unreal Engine throughout their portfolio,” stated Epic Video games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney. “Now we’re collaborating on one thing totally new to construct a persistent, open and interoperable ecosystem that may carry collectively the Disney and Fortnite communities.”

“This may allow us to carry collectively our unimaginable assortment of tales and experiences from throughout the corporate for a broad viewers in methods we’ve got solely dreamed of earlier than,” stated Disney Experiences chairman Josh D’Amaro. “Epic Video games’ industry-leading expertise and Fortnite’s open ecosystem will assist us attain customers the place they’re to allow them to interact with Disney within the methods which are most related to them.”

Except for the brand new persistent world, neither Disney nor Epic Video games have launched any particulars about additional collaborations between the 2 firms. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be out of the query to begin seeing Disney characters and environments making their method into the primary battle royale recreation mode of Fortnite.

Fortnite itself has been no stranger to collaborations with totally different firms and properties, starting from Japanese properties like Dragon Ball and Naruto, to Western properties like John Wick.

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