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Fortnite Has Officially Moved To Unreal Engine 5

Fortnite Has Officially Moved To Unreal Engine 5
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Written by 

Joseph Kime

Posted 

8th Dec 2021 11:49

Fortnite Chapter 3 has had a big start. With new features peppered in all over the place, a brand-new battle pass bringing the one and only Spider-Man to the game, and an all-new map for players to explore, there's one thing for certain - the update is anything but boring. 

But, there's one thing you might not have noticed - Fortnite has undergone a monumental change that has gone mostly under the radar for a lot of fans. It's now running on a souped-up Unreal Engine 5

Fortnite Is Now Played In Unreal Engine 5

Fortnite has now officially moved over into Unreal Engine 5, giving Epic Games much more wiggle room to improve the game, both mechanically and graphically.

The news has been confirmed by Unreal themselves, stating on Twitter that "With the arrival of Chapter 3, @FortniteGame development has flipped to Unreal Engine 5."

A lot of players have noticed already that some features have been bolstered by the engine change - for example, some trees in snowier areas can be felled, and even used to kill other players.

Fans expect that this is a feature that may have put strain on the game in UE4, but thanks to the new update, they're able to pull it off. But some players want more.

Fans Want More From Fortnite's Unreal Engine Upgrade

Unreal Engine offers the opportunity for dynamic weather and a massive leap in realistic physics and lighting - so why hasn't Fortnite taken advantage of this?

Fans are upset that logs are the only real benefit of the upgrade so far, but there's every chance that these features could end up arriving later this season. Especially as new weather and environmental effects were teased in the Chapter 3 trailer. 

Dynamic weather suits Fortnite due to its closing storm, and fans are disappointed that it hasn't yet been introduced to show just what Epic Games can do with their new tools. We'll likely have to wait and see if it will appear a few seasons from now.

 

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