It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Epic Games has unlocked the formula to keep its live game freshly filled with new content. Even ignoring the blatant IP hoarding of adding everyone to the game, Fortnite is constantly building up to major in-game events and spectacles that battle royales like PUBG and COD: Warzone have only tried to emulate.
However, it seems like Epic has already made plans for Fortnite’s next big thing before the competition can catch up. The game will soon receive an Unreal Engine 5 upgrade for Fortnite Creative, the creation tool that allows players to build their own Fortnite island.
“About half of the Fortnite game time by users is now in content created by others and half in Epic content,” Tim Sweeney told Fast Company. And that’s just the beginning. Later this year, we’re going to release the Unreal Editor for Fortnite – the full capabilities you’ve seen [in Unreal Engine] opened up so that anyone can build very high-quality game content and code… and deploy it to Fortnite without having to make a deal with us — it’s open to anyone.”
“Our goal is to make it a premium point of sale to reach consumers, just like you could look at the mobile app stores and consoles and Steam as ways to reach users,” he continued. “Now people are also looking at Fortnite and Roblox as ways to reach users. In addition, we are building an economy, and it will support creators to actually build businesses around their work and increasingly profit from the trade that comes from people play their content.”
The rest of the conversation revolved around Sweeney’s views on the metaverse and how Fortnite could become one of the entities that could lead the change. “I think we can build this open version of the metaverse over the next decade based on open systems, open standards, and companies that are willing to collaborate based on respect for their mutual customer relationships,” he said. “You can come in with an account from one ecosystem and play in another, and everyone just respects those relationships. And there’s healthy competition for every facet of the ecosystem.”
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