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Those who’ve been keeping a keen eye on Battle Royale sensation Fortnite will know that it is, in effect, the true metaverse. Epic Games has been quietly pushing the game’s creative suite for quite some time, but now, powered by Unreal Engine 5, the scope of what users will be able to make is being transformed. If you don’t believe us, just watch this space – you’re going to see some insane things over the coming weeks.

In fact, it’s already happening. Alongside the rollout of the Unreal Editor for Fortnite – which is what the developer’s unambitiously naming the toolset – it’s created some tech demos, including an Elden Ring-esque fantasy combat experience called Forest Guardian and a decidedly sinister puzzler named The Space Inside. There’s also a Call of Duty-inspired 16-player competitive multiplayer game named Deserted: Domination, which instils memories of Modern Warfare 2 map, Rust.

The goal, ultimately, is to transition Fortnite from game to bonafide platform. And in order to expedite the process, Epic Games is also transforming its business model, promising creators a 40 per cent share of the entire release’s revenue. The company says that payouts will be based on “what players enjoy in Fortnite and account for things like island popularity, engagement, and attracting new players”. In other words, the Battle Royale is just the beginning: Fortnite is about to become whatever you want it to be.