Unreal Editor for Fortnite, also known as UEFN, is a new application that greatly expands the tools available to players for creating games and experiences in Fortnite Creative mode. UEFN is built using Unreal Engine 5 as a foundation. It features several of the engine’s most impressive technologies. This includes the Lumen lighting technology that Unreal Engine is known for. This new application has been highly anticipated by Fortnite fans, who have been eagerly waiting for it to be released.
One of the best things about the Unreal Editor for Fortnite is that it introduces a new programming language called Verse. Verse was created by Epic Games while UEFN was in development. This language is reportedly intuitive and user-friendly. This makes it much easier for players to create their own games and experiences. This is a significant improvement over previous versions of Fortnite Creative mode. Previous versions of Fortnite Creative had a more limited range of tools and required more coding knowledge.
Unreal Engine for Fortnite is available to download for free on the Epic Games Store. UEFN co-exists with Fortnite’s legacy Creative toolset. This means that players can use UEFN to enhance their existing creations. However, they can also start from scratch and build entirely new games and experiences.
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Creative Economy 2.0 in Fortnite
In addition to Unreal Editor for Fortnite, Epic has also introduced Creator Economy 2.0. Creative Economy 2.0 is a new payment structure for creators within the Fortnite ecosystem. Under this new system, 40% of the money from in-game purchases will go into an engagement pool to be paid out to eligible creators. This is a significant change from the previous system, which relied on players entering a Creator Code when making purchases.
Epic Games released a blog post that accompanies the launch of Creative Economy 2.0. In the blog, Epic provided further details about the new payment structure:
“Engagement payouts reward creation of islands that players enjoy. Today, payouts are based on engagement metrics that contribute to the health of the overall Fortnite ecosystem. At launch, the metrics fall into two groups:
- Player Popularity: Islands that attract new players and re-engage lapsed players signal an experience that Fortnite players love, so the number of players newly joining Fortnite, and lapsed players returning to Fortnite contribute to this calculation.
- Player Retention: Islands where players return day-to-day and week-to-week indicate compelling gameplay, so consistent play and returning players contribute to this calculation.
Over time we expect the tracking metrics will change based on creator and player feedback, and we will update you of such changes as they occur.”
This new system should be more beneficial for creators. It will allow them to earn money even if players forget to enter their Creator Code. To be eligible for payments under the new system, players must be at least 18 years old. They also need to have a Fortnite account that is at least 90 days old.
A New Marketplace
Epic Games has announced the development of a unified 3D marketplace, called Fab Marketplace. The marketplace will combine some of its popular game development tools into a single storefront. This move will allow game developers, creators, and designers to easily access and use these tools from a central location. This negates the need to navigate through multiple storefronts.
Four of the most popular toolsets will be consolidated into the Fab Marketplace. These are Unreal Engine Marketplace, Sketchfab, Quixel Bridge, and ArtStation Marketplace. Each of these platforms offers a range of features. This includes pre-made assets, 3D models, textures, materials, and other resources. Game developers can use to create games and other experiences.
UEFN and other subsequent are significant updates for Fortnite Creative mode. They should help to further expand the already massive Fortnite community. Players who have previously only played Fortnite as a battle royale game may now discover a whole new world with Creative mode, and creators will have more tools and opportunities to build and share their own games and experiences.
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