Fortnite’s new ‘Party Worlds’ put the focus firmly on socializing

“Celebration Worlds” are new areas coming to Fortnite that are designed to focus on socializing over fight, the recreation’s developer Epic Games has announced. “These are experiences which might be designed as locations for gamers to hang around, play enjoyable mini-games, and make new associates,” the developer says, including that Celebration Worlds can’t be centered on “fight or injury.”

To kick off the initiative, Epic has collaborated with group members fivewalnut and TreyJTH on a pair of instance Celebration Worlds. One is an amusement park known as Walnut World, and the second is known as Late Evening Lounge and has extra of a nightclub vibe. The developer says it’s taking submissions for extra community-made areas. Simply use the tag “Celebration World” for an island, and submit it by this submission form.

Celebration Worlds are Epic’s newest try to rework Fortnite from a aggressive on-line recreation right into a broader on-line social house. This has already resulted in quite a few options starting from one-off occasions like an in-game concert from Travis Scott to the combat-free Party Royale mode. Customers may also already create islands to function social areas reasonably than arenas utilizing the recreation’s Creative mode. However with its newest initiative, Epic seems to be explicitly selling and inspiring customers to make these social-first areas.

Celebration Worlds additionally don’t hyperlink out to different islands, so that they’re meant as a vacation spot reasonably than a “discovery software.”

And sure, this all ties in to Epic’s plans to create a so-called “metaverse,” a completely built-in 3D on-line house for individuals to exist in. Epic is now removed from the solely firm explicitly focusing on this future (see additionally: Meta), however the maturity of Fortnite’s expertise, to not point out the recreation’s enduring recognition, imply Epic’s ambitions should be taken critically.

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