A report by Polygon shows how hard it is to work on a game as successful as Fortnite Battle Royale.
Fortnite is perhaps the greatest game in history. It hasn't existed long enough to surpass the popular MMO's resident strength and games like CS: GO – but lane tells us it's coming there.
One of the reasons why Fortnite is so popular is because of the constant updates. Think about it: Epic released v8.30 two weeks ago and we are staring at barrel v8.50 coming tomorrow.
Epic has found a hole in the beta test system. On PC, updates can be pushed through without revision. Xbox and PS4 require Sony and Microsoft to look at the patches before they are released on full games ̵
Fortnite never comes out of the beta scene, which means they can release weekly patches and content updates for all platforms.
There is a dark side to a constant update game, but it is one that society does not see much. Developers have to work for crazy hours to keep pace as Polygon was recently uncovered by interviewing several current and former epic employees.
"In a dozen interviews conducted by Polygon over a period of several months, current and former employees say they regularly worked over 70 hours of weeks with some reporting 100-hour weeks. Contractors in Epic & # 39; s quality assurance and customer service departments spoke about a stressful and hostile work environment where overtime – while officially voluntary – was an expected service to a company. "
The article continued to quote epic employees who claim that while the company provides unlimited days off, it is almost impossible to take it time.
"I hardly sleep. I'm grumpy at home. I have no energy to go out. Getting a weekend away from work is a great achievement," An employee told Polygon. "If I take a Saturday, I feel myself guilty. I'm not forced to work this way, but if I don't, the job will not be finished. "Much of the article repeated the same complaints from epic employees: the offices are a mess, the hours are too much and people lose their jobs because they cannot or will not cope with the workload.
Epic has hit gold with Fortnite, but it looks like something has to give. The current workload is unsustainable and there is a chance that the game will suffer from the constant updates.
Although we as a community give the Epic developers a lot of grief, they clearly work as hard as possible on the game. In fact, the error lies at the feet of Epic executives, who insist on keeping the game "fresh" for recurring players.
I don't think many of us would remember if Epic called back on their constant update game. They should take some time away from thinking about the next useless or overridden topic they want to add, and more time solving bugs in a more relaxed way.
This polygon report was widely used at release, so there is no denial of the situation over to Epic Games HQ. Will this news change something, or Fortnite – in the form of DJ Khaled – will suffer from success.