Fortnite Could Have Been Canceled, It's Revealed At E3 2019

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Epic's Fortnite is a massive, worldwide phenomenon that's achieved a level of popularity that few could have ever imagined. The game almost didn't even exist, however, it's been revealed this week at E3 2019.

Rod Ferugsson, the former director of production at Epic Games, has revealed that he wanted to cancel Fortnite when he was at the company. At the time, the project was not a battle royale game, and it was facing some challenges.

"If I stayed at Epic, I would have canceled Fortnite. Absolutely," Fergusson told Game Informer. "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."

E3 2019: Here's How George RR Martin Contributed To Elden Ring

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This week at E3, Dark Souls developer From Software officially announced its next big game, Elden Ring, which it worked on with A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. But just how involved was Martin the creation of the game?

Speaking to IGN, director Hidetaka Miyazaki explained that he himself wrote Elden Ring's main story, with Martin contributing to the wider mythology and lore. Miyazaki said Martin did not contribute to the game's story because he felt that the format of video games was too limiting for Martin's ambitious storytelling.

"Thanks to Martin's lore, Elden Ring's world and characters naturally have a lot more depth and personality," Miyazaki said.

E3 2019: CD Projekt Red Thought It Would Be Impossible To Get Keanu Reeves For Cyberpunk 2077

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CD Projekt Red made one of the biggest splashes during E3 2019. During Microsoft's E3 press conference, the developer released a new trailer for its upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Said trailer ended with the reveal that the character Johnny Silverhand is voiced and mo-cap performed by Keanu Reeves. The acclaimed actor then came out on stage to confirm Reeves' involvement.

We sat down with Cyberpunk 2077 lead quest designer PaweĊ‚ Sasko to talk about Keanu Reeves involvement in the game and how the character of Johnny Silverhand evolved through his involvement. Turns out Johnny is Cyberpunk 2077's second most important character, only following main protagonist, V. The full interview has been transcribed below, with edits made for coherency. Cyberpunk 2077 is scheduled to release for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on April 16, 2020.

Why Keanu Reeves?

After Avengers Game Criticism At E3, Dev Confirms It Won't Change Character Designs

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Square Enix officially announced its new Avengers game this week at E3 2019, and the reaction was mixed. Specifically, people on the internet got upset about the new character designs for main characters Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The designs are new for the game; they are not based on the actors from the MCU films.

Will Square Enix change the character designs in the wake of the criticism, like what's happening with the Sonic the Hedgehog movie?

No. Square Enix is committed to the character designs it's created for the game, according to lead creative director Shaun Escayg of developer Crystal Dynamics.