At this point, the term “metaverse” has evolved over the past few years from an ambitious (but also dystopian) sci-fi concept to a collection of tech companies and scams looking to build bizarre, insane, hyper-monetized versions of themselves. It is abundantly clear that it became a buzzword that was destroyed by the master. Its.
We've seen this in large and small ways. A bunch of Web 3 blockchain “metaverses” where companies buy land and Paris Hilton hangs out with her ugly avatar. These were dreary, empty, shabby places with no purpose other than to sell air and enrich their founders.
Then we saw this happen on a large scale on Facebook, the meta. Renamed to meta To better embody Mark Zuckerberg's vision of a VR-powered metaverse. And yes, in fiction it's a metaverse, but teeth It's an immersive VR experience that takes the user “directly” into a virtual space, but the technology we currently have is nowhere near that. Zuckerberg spent a fortune on Horizon Worlds, his version of Ready Player One's OASIS. This version had a bunch of scary legless avatars running around (so to speak), gained up to hundreds of thousands of players, and quickly lost hundreds of thousands of players. . Although the meta VR sector still exists, VR itself remains niche and far from the promised metaverse. Of course, Meta, like other companies, is now primarily focused on AI.
But slow and steady can win the race, and I believe that's what we're seeing in Fortnite right now. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has been a bit obnoxious about his side of the Metaverse battle, and says that the fundamentals of the Metaverse battle are giving Apple, Google, Steam, and other companies 30% of his I think it depends on whether the reduction in profits is approved. Run the “metaverse” before it actually exists.
But what about the rest of Epic? They're building…the actual metaverse, or at least the closest thing to the metaverse we're trying to get to. And unlike Facebook, which is trying to recreate the magic of the OASIS in VR, Fortnite is doing it with regular gameplay, but without creating the virtual spaces and cast of characters that made its world so appealing in the first place. I am. Something that no one else trying to do this really understands.
We've seen glimpses of it over the years with big, high-profile events like meteor strikes and rocket launches on the Fortnite map, and concerts by Travis Scott and Ariana Grande. I was doing it. These were the first hints of a “metaverse moment” that made Fortnite feel like it was on the right track. But for a while, it came and went, and it felt like Fortnite missed its chance and its broader ambitions stalled, stuck in the same rut.
Instead, they were working behind the scenes preparing for a big launch that would make Fortnite more like the Metaverse than ever before. After replenishing Fortnite's player base with a return to the OG map, we launched LEGO Fortnite with survival mini-games and its own alternate world, racing Fortnite channeling Rocket League and DNA from Guitar Hero and Rock Band. We ended that period with the launch of Concert Fortnite.
So, effectively, the game includes a survival/build world, a race world, and a music world from Battleworld (Fortnite Battle Royale). This is the long-term vision shared by Donald His Mustard that is finally becoming a reality and what the fictional Metaverse has been telling us so far.
There's always a joke that Fortnite is building a literal zoo of IPs for the game. As if you could think of a popular movie, game, or TV series, there's probably an 80% chance that Fortnite grabbed it and created some skins for it. Its.
This is a game featuring all the major superheroes. Ripley from Alien and Kratos from God of War. Master Chief from Halo. Chun-Li from Street Fighter. And now Goku, Peter Griffin, The Incredible Hulk, and Optimus Prime can have a blast together in concert.
And it's working. After the launch of Fortnite, especially LEGO Fortnite which is siphoning off Minecraft players, it is setting new records for the number of concurrent players. More people are currently playing Fortnite than all the games on Steam combined. Once again he has risen to be one, if not the biggest game in the world. of It's the biggest one outside of the big mobile titles that people check in with multiple times a day.
I've always said that if there's any place that could truly become the Metaverse, it's Fortnite. These blockchain imitators nearly killed the concept before disappearing themselves. When Facebook created the Metaverse, they were essentially channeling the villains of Ready Player One and trying to do the same thing. But after a few years of relative silence, Epic came along and showed that it might actually be possible now that everyone else has abandoned the concept. And I hope we can do that.