Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, has announced a notable collaboration with Lego, leading to the creation of “Lego Fortnite”. This new ‘survival crafting' game, part of the Fortnite universe, is set to launch on December 7. The announcement follows the Big Bang event, which concluded the original Fortnite saga and featured artist Eminem.
Partnership and financial backing
Epic Games and Lego announced their intention to build a family-friendly space within the metaverse in April. This announcement was soon followed by a significant funding round for Epic Games, amounting to US$2 billion, which was contributed by Sony and Kirkbi, the investment group of the Lego Group's founding family, the Kirk Kristiansen.
Your locker just got a whole lot bigger.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) December 3, 2023
LEGO Styles of your favorite Fortnite Outfits have arrived, with even more coming in future updates. pic.twitter.com/ItYRV1ILZj
Emphasising family-friendly gaming
Ahead of the Lego Fortnite release, Epic Games has been adjusting Fortnite to appeal more to younger players. In November, the company introduced age ratings for its game experiences. Although some initial changes were later reversed, the upcoming v28.00 update, scheduled for December 3, is expected to bring more lasting alterations. The Lego Fortnite experience, with an E10+ rating, signifies a step towards a more inclusive and family-oriented gaming experience.
The collaboration between Epic Games and Lego marks a significant expansion of the Fortnite universe. Combining Lego's creative flair with Fortnite's dynamic gameplay, this partnership aims to offer an engaging and diverse gaming experience to a broad audience, leveraging the burgeoning metaverse space.