Epic has released Unreal Editor for Fortnite (Creative 2.0)
by Danny Craig ·
Epic Games has released the long-awaited editor tools for Fortnite, nicknamed Creative 2.0 by fans, which allow for in-depth creations within the battle royale’s creative mode.
- Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) is now available for free on the Epic Games Store. As it runs on Unreal Engine 5 (UE5) and includes many of its functions, such as lumen lighting, that were added to Fortnite via an update in December 2022, UEFN is a significant improvement over the previous tools used by creators to build experiences within Fortnite's creative mode. The new editor works alongside Fortnite's original creative toolset and is intended to be a complement for those looking to design and develop more complex experiences in the mode.
- Along with UEFN, Epic announced the launch of Fab Marketplace, a new "unified 3D marketplace" that combines all of Epic's developer and artist platforms, including the ArtStation Marketplace, SketchFab, Quixel Bridge, and the Unreal Engine Marketplace. The marketplace will include assets and artwork from each of them, which will all be usable in UEFN.
- Epic has collaborated with select creators on recommended playable launch experiences to demonstrate what UEFN is capable of with the release of the tools. These projects can be found in the "Epic's Picks" section of the game's discovery tab, and you can see a preview of what's on offer in the short announcement video. What we’ve seen so far is incredibly impressive, and would likely surprise many if you said it was created in Fortnite.
Other Epic Games news:
- In addition to the release of UEFN, Epic has announced the introduction of a new system called "Creator Economy 2.0," which will change how creators are compensated for promoting in-game purchases. Previously, creators were given a creator code, which players had to manually enter into the store whenever they purchased an item. Epic is now putting 40% of all in-game purchases into an "engagement pool," which will be used to pay out to creators who are at least 18 years old and have accounts that are more than 90 days old. As for younger creators, Epic is developing a system to reward them differently, though there isn't much information available at this time.
- Epic has released self-publishing tools for the Epic Games Store, allowing developers to pay a $100 fee to have their games listed on the store if they meet certain criteria. If the game has not yet received an age rating, an IARC rating is also provided for free. If a game is approved, the creator will receive 88% of the revenue generated, which is higher than Valve's 80/20 split for Steam games.