Hold on to your hats, Fortnite fans, because the beta release of Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) was recently announced by Epic Games in March 2023, and it’s set to revolutionize the way we play and create content in the game!
With over 500 million players already hooked on Fortnite, the introduction of UEFN is a game-changer that’s not to be missed. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or a beginner, UEFN’s impressive set of tools will give you the power to create custom playing experiences that will take the Fortnite world by storm.
How can game devs utilise this?
UEFN users have access to an impressive set of versatile tools making the possibilities endless, including:
- Rigging and animating with Control Rig and Sequencer.
- Blocking out geometry directly with Unreal Engine’s modelling tools.
- Adding visual effects with the Niagara VFX system and Post Process Volumes.
- Sculpting and painting expansive terrain with Unreal Engine tools.
- Creating materials with a unique visual style with the Unreal Engine Material Editor.
- Design gameplay with Verse.
And the best part? With UEFN, teams can collaborate on projects in real-time, making it the perfect resource for studios and game dev teams.
The extensive collection of tools provides limitless possibilities for developers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals. By utilizing the tried and tested tools and workflows found in Unreal Editor, creators can gain new skills and knowledge along the way.
Importing assets into UEFN
Good news for creators out there! You can now import your custom content into the Fortnite environment using UEFN. As a network of artists ourselves, we’re particularly enthusiastic about this feature and can’t wait to see what kind of creative content emerges.
This includes everything from static and skeletal meshes to animation, textures, or sounds. An essential clause to note is that any original works created, imported, and published on the platform are entirely owned by the user and can be removed at their discretion. Something we know is important to all creatives.
While there are some restrictions to bear in mind, fear not, as Epic Games has unleashed a set of extensive guidelines that will make sure your assets not only get imported but work like a charm within UEFN.
Things to take into consideration:
- Ensure that you’re working with the right scale so that your assets fit accurately into the environment.
- Grid sizing, ensure your grid size is 512 units.
- Poly Count.
- Asset Levels of Detail
- Asset Collision
- Materials and Textures – ensure they meet the published guidelines.
If excited about the use of custom assets too but don’t specialize in 3D modelling, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Our team of experts are ready to create standout assets that meet all the modelling guidelines.
How to publish your content with UEFN
Finally, to publish your Island for all Fortnite players to enjoy, all you need to do is join the Island Creator & Engagement Program, register a Creator Code that matches the name of your studio or brand, and press the publish button in UEFN. It’s that simple!
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to unleash your creativity and create some unforgettable experiences in Fortnite with UEFN!