Epic Games is preparing to release an Unreal Engine 5 editor for Fortnite that is “open to everyone” and will allow creators to monetize their work. It is expected to release later in 2022,  which will significantly improve the game’s user-created creative potential. The Unreal Engine 5 offers new capabilities for building extremely accurate 3D models with programmed ambient lighting effects. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney discussed the editor’s potential to enable users in a talk with Fast Company. 

Epic Games plans to release the Unreal Engine 5 Editor for Fortnite in 2022

Gamers generally spend around half of their Fortnite playtime on content made by creators and the other half on Epic content. And this is only the beginning. We’ll release the Unreal Editor for Fortnite later this year, which will open up all of the features that you’ve seen [in Unreal Engine] so that anybody can develop really high-quality game content and code and publish it into Fortnite without having to sign a contract, and it’ll be available to everyone.

Epic Games Fortnite Unreal Engine 5 Editor l Image Credit: Epic Games

“We’re also developing an economy, and it will assist creators really building businesses around their work” Sweeny stated. He went on to say that this would increase “profits from commerce arising from people playing their stuff.” He continues, “Our goal is to make it a premium outlet to reach consumers.” “You can look at mobile app shops, consoles, and Steam as means to reach customers, just like you can look at mobile app stores, consoles, and Steam.” Now, Fortnite and Roblox are being explored as potential channels for reaching people.”

According to CEO Tim Sweeney, Epic Games intends to expand that experiences with the editor and the potential to sell that personalized content. Fortnite certainly embodies much of the premise of bringing the world into a connected online context.

He also discusses Metaverse, Crypto, and numerous other topics throughout the interview, as well as his thoughts on the future of Fortnite. For additional information, you may read the entire interview.

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