Epic Games has announced that Fortnite is receiving a major graphics overhaul as part of the 17.00 game update, which kicks off season 7 on June 8th.
Fortnite already looks good on the PC: its adaptable art style adapts to everything that the launch of the growing cross-marketing multiverse and that comes from the creators of Unreal Engine, works quickly with standard rendering features of the industry.
However, there was room to upgrade: Epic says that if you play the default "Epic" graphics settings, both battle royale mode and creative mode will have better storm and cloud effects. Smoke and liquid simulations are also being modified, which are supposed to result in better car explosions, better looking lakes and Slurp juice, and my most anticipated personal update, better fire effects for when you inevitably hit a house with an arrow or a vagalometer can.
Epic claims that improved processing features are also added for the quality of the lights, flowering and shade of the lens.
So what will it cost you in terms of hardware? Here are the new PC specifications for "Epic" graphics settings:
- Nvidia GTX 1080, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT or equivalent GPU
- VRAM of 4 GB or higher
- Intel Core i7-8700, AMD Ryzen 7 3700x or equivalent
- 16 GB of RAM or higher
- NVMe solid state drive
- 64-bit Windows 10
Fortnite's recommended settings remain the same, but:
- Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280 or GPU DX11 equivalent
- 2 GB VRAM
- Core i5-7300U 3.5 GHz
- 8 GB of RAM
- 64-bit Windows 10
And if you’re working on the bottom of the hardware, Fortnite’s alpha, low, and mid-performance settings remain the same.
Here are the minimum specifications as an update:
- Intel HD 4000 and PC; Intel Iris Pro 5200
- Core i3-3225 at 3.3 GHz
- 4 GB of RAM
- 64-bit Windows 7/8/10
Epic says that the "High" setting will become the equivalent of the "Epic" setting before 5pm once it is released.
Other upgrades include: The recommended GPU will become Nvidia GTX 960, AMD R9 280 or equivalent DX11 GPU. Epic also changes the recommended operating system for Windows 10 64-bit, but players that still use Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8 64-bit can still run Fortnite well.