Epic Games took the prize for the big surprise of Saturday night's Video Game Awards show with the trailer reveal for Fortnite, a game in which players apparently fortify a base of some kind during the day and hole up there at night when evil things come out to play. It sounds an awful lot like Minecraft at the most basic level, so it makes sense to learn that Mojang's blocky PC actually had an influence on Epic's next effort.
The revelation came straight from the game's director, Lee Perry, who revealed on Twitter that he thanks Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson "every day." Perry also shared a bit more about the game itself, though he stopped short of answering any questions concerning release dates or platforms, both of which remain a mystery for now.
"I see lots of questions asking if Fortnite is freeform construction. It is. It's not scripted or just boarding up existing structures," he wrote on Twitter. "It stands to reason if you can build a world, anything can be destroyed."
Perry says that the game's construction focus is on buildings. So while the act of construction may be "freeform," Fortnite isn't exactly aping Minecraft's "build anything, anywhere" approach.