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Fergusson: I would've cancelled Fortnite had I stayed at Epic

Published: 08:38, 14 June 2019
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Speaking in an E3 2019 podcast, The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson said that people often assume that he has regrets over leaving Epic Games just before Fortnite blew up, but according to the man - it's Fortnite fans that were lucky.

Fergusson left Epic back in 2012 and moved to Irrational Games, where he helped with Bioshock Infinite, before fate intervened and reunited him with the same franchise he worked in Epic - Gears of War. Well, fate or Microsoft, take your pick.

Having been involved with the origins of Fortnite, Fergusson was asked whether he loses any sleep over the fact that Epic's battle royale is raking in dough like crazy. 

"No, I don't lose sleep over it. I think it's great. I'm super happy for its success", he said.

It's completely understandable that Fergusson would be asked questions like these often, but he insists it's not so much that he was unlucky, as much as Fortnite fans were lucky.

"Are you disappointed you left when you did? Had you stayed with Epic, man, [think of] all the success you would have had if you stayed with Epic! And I go, 'You guys should all just be kissing my feet because if I had stayed at Epic, I would've cancelled Fortnite", he said.

Fergusson has no doubts about this because Fortnite: Save the World had certain challenges that he in his role of producer director would not have approved. "That game would've not passed my bar for something we should continue", he said.

"Any time people look at me and go 'Don't you feel bad?', I'm like no, you should feel really good because that game you love and that worldwide sensation would not exist had I stayed at Epic", he said, laughing it off.

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Thankfully, it all worked out in the end and Epic got their Fortnitemania rolling while Fergusson returned to making the type of game he likes and has a proven track record on.

You can find Ferguson's interview with GameInformer over (video).

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