Being the Internet and all, someone "accidentally" jumped the gun and published a first look video of Fortnite Creative early, prompting Epic to go ahead and announce the feature today. Everything will be saved on a private version of the battle royale mode's island, which should allow players to experiment with pretty much anything they want to without affecting the game's existing play modes.
Epic has ambitious plans for the service and could eventually take aim at Google Play, which is circumvented with Fortnite's mobile flavor. Could this have something to do with the winter event that was leaked earlier this month?
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Developers will also be afforded an easy way to connect with customers through a direct newsfeed displayed prominently on the store, which should make it very convenient for interested customers to follow any news to do with their favorite developers and games. Rather than appearing as a Limited-Time Mode, Creative will become a third top-level option alongside Battle Royale and Save the World.
"Users have generally migrated to Reddit, Discord, Twitter, Facebook groups, and other social media", said Sweeney, further stating that, "Developers are free to run their own forums and social media and link to them from their Epic Games Store pages". The Creative sandbox is broken up into islands of varying shape and size, with rifts at their edges connecting them. A cut of revenue and the UE 4 licensing fees being waived are sure to be good incentives and for players, you have things like a 14-day no-questions-asked refund policy being enacted. For more esoteric games, players can set up their own timer boards and manual scoreboards, although someone needs to play umpire. There's ice blocks, player-damaging traps and more. I'd also not be too surprised to see Epic featuring the best player-made modes.
Last but not least, Epic confirmed that its own games will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC and Mac, and it will sometimes fund developers to release games exclusively through the store!