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Disney is investing $1.5 billion in Fortnite to create a “new gaming world.”

Disney is investing $1.5 billion in Fortnite to create a “new gaming world.”

Indy, Darth Vader, and Princess Elsa will be getting a new stage in Fortnite in the future.
Indy, Darth Vader, and Princess Elsa will be getting a new stage in Fortnite in the future.

Geralt of Rivia, Eminem and Wonder Woman: the list of fictional characters and real-life celebrities who have already appeared in the battle royale shooter Fortnite is long. Popular characters from the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe films can also be equipped as skins here.

However, we will be seeing a lot more Disney branding in the next few years. The company is now announcing this with promising words.

A big world of games and entertainment

This is what Disney wants to achieve with its partner Epic Games. It starts with investing $1.5 billion to take a stake in the Unreal Engine developer. But what exactly is the plan for cooperation? in advertisement Disney remains somewhat vague and describes the project as follows:

Not only will it be a world-class gaming experience and partnership with Fortnite, but the new long-running universe will provide many opportunities for consumers to enjoy content, characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar And more to play, watch, buy and interact.

Players and fans will be able to create their own stories and experiences, express their fandom in a unique Disney way, and share content with each other. All of this is powered by the Unreal Engine.

Disney announces a big collaboration with Fortnite in the trailerDisney announces a big collaboration with Fortnite in the trailer

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Plans go beyond additional Disney appearances and events for the battle royale shooter. It's as if there are plans for separate Fortnite games, which is growing into a hub. Only recently, developers finally released their own Lego music and racing games as part of the Big Bang event.

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And with the Unreal Editor released in March 2023, players have been able to create their own games built on the Unreal Engine for a long time. Star Wars Origins already exists for this, with fans already building a multiplayer shooter with clones and Jedi.

It doesn't take much to imagine a possible future for collaboration between Disney and Epic Games. What exactly lies ahead remains to be seen.

By the way, the collaboration between Epic Games and Disney goes back a long time. After all, the Unreal Engine has already been used in games like Kingdom Hearts 3 or Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. But the Epic Game Engine has also been used to edit movies and create attractions in the Disney parks.