Unreal Editor for Fortnite is finally ready to launch. Here’s what you need to know.
After years of rumors and countless delays, Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) is suddenly just days away.
The @FNCreate Twitter account shared a teaser screenshot shortly before revealing the official release date. The announcement was captioned, “The beginning of the future is built together”.
UEFN Release Date
Unreal Editor for Fortnite releases March 22, 2023, as confirmed by Epic Games. Yes that’s right, it goes live next Wednesday!
You can already add UEFN to your Epic Games Store Wishlist here. This way you’ll be notified as soon as it’s available to download.
How To Get UEFN
UEFN requires a separate download via the Epic Games Store. It will be a free download and then you’ll be able to open it in the Epic Games Launcher just like Fortnite.
As mentioned above you can add UEFN to your Wishlist now to prepare for launch day. You won’t need to update Fortnite to use UEFN, however future patches will likely contain improvements to the existing Creative system.
It doesn’t look like UEFN will be available on console. Instead, it will work in tandem with the current Creative mode, allowing builders to collaborate across both platforms no matter which device they’re using.
What is UEFN?
Often referred to as Creative 2.0, Unreal Editor for Fortnite is the next step toward Epic’s vision of building the metaverse. Here’s the description from Epic Games:
“Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) is a new PC application for designing, developing, and publishing games and experiences directly into Fortnite. With many of Unreal Engine 5’s powerful tools and workflows at your fingertips, including custom asset import, modeling, materials and VFX, Sequencer and Control Rig, you’ll have a whole new world of options for producing and publishing games and experiences for Fortnite that can be enjoyed by millions of players”.
UEFN also includes a new programming language called Verse. Getting familiar with Verse will let creators do so much more in terms of customization, for example manipulating or chaining together devices and creating new game logic.
Here are the key features available on day one:
- Create custom content with Modeling and Material tools.
- Import meshes, textures, animations, and audio.
- Use Niagara to create VFX effects.
- Animate with Control Rig and Sequencer.
- Design gameplay with Verse.
- Build Landscapes to create and flesh out the environment.
- Create larger experiences with World Partition.
- Use Fab to discover and import assets.
- Use Live Edit to collaborate in real time with others.
- Integrated Revision Control to collaborate with Unreal Revision Control
This initial launch is just a Beta version of UEFN. Epic will listen to community feedback and regularly make changes to make it an even more powerful tool.
People are expecting big things from UEFN, Myth even said that it could lead to a new peak for Fortnite. Well, it’s finally time to find out!