Epic Games Plans to Release an Unreal Engine 5 Editor for Fortnite This Year
According to Fast Company, Epic Games will be releasing an "open to everybody" Unreal Engine 5 editor for Fortnite and plans to let creators monetize what they make.
CEO Tim Sweeney told the outlet that around half of players' time in Fortnite is spent playing other users' content and Epic wants to make that experience better through the editor.
"We’re going to release the Unreal Editor for Fortnite, the full capabilities that you’ve seen [in Unreal Engine] opened up so that anybody can build very high-quality game content and code," Sweeney said, "and deploy it into Fortnite without having to do a deal with us. It’s open to everybody."
He says that Epic plans to make Fortnite a marketplace like Steam or the App Store, while it's free to download, it also features player-made content that can be purchased with real money.
"We’re building an economy, and it will support creators actually building businesses around their work and making increasing amounts of profit from the commerce that arises from people playing their content," he added.