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How to Use Unreal Editor for Fortnite Creative 2.0

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Fortnite 2.0 Unreal Editor
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Fortnite Creative 2.0 just dropped and it’s going to be one amazing feature for everyone who loves Fortnite. It allows you to create your own islands, and edit the map to your liking to create a unique battle royale experience. What’s even better is that you can make money off of your Fortnite island if it becomes popular in the community.

There are many reasons to be excited about this. Some of the most popular games of today – MOBAs like LoL and Dota 2, have their roots in the Dota map that was created in a World Editor feature of Warcraft 3 that allowed everyone to create their own in-game experiences. Just like Fortnite is doing now with Fortnite Creative 2.0.

Dive into our article and find out how to easily maneuver this new software and create a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Related: How to Play Fortnite Creative 2.0 on PC and Console

Using Unreal Editor in Fortnite Creative 2.0 – Guide

The first thing you need to do to start your Unreal Editor experience is to download it. Go to Epic Store and get Unreal Editor for Fortnite for free and launch it. Once you are in, follow our instructions below.

Choose a Template

When in Unreal Editor you will see on your left-hand side that there are three options to choose from. Either you want to build on top of your own personal projects, Island Templates or Feature Examples. We advise you to pick up Island Templates and choose the one that appeals to you the most.

As you will see, even in the Island Templates folder not all premade templates are complete. There are completely blank map options for those who want to start off from scratch, some mildly edited blank terrains, and lastly, you have whole islands already built and ready for you to edit them.

Once you have chosen a template you like, simply select the Project Location and Project Name at the bottom part of the screen and click Create.

Getting Started in the Editor

You will now see your template in full-screen and everything is ready to start. Press Ctrl/Command + Enter and you will see the content browser of Fortnite popping up with a couple of folders.

Go to the Fortnite folder and you will see plenty of subfolders with content like Weapons, Props, Environment, etc. Select the one you want and explore it. Whichever folder you open you will have all the game elements of that category in front of you, no matter how small or large.

Extra tip: The important thing to understand is that you don’t need any coding knowledge to create in this editor. Everything is made with a simple and intuitive UI so that the majority of players can quickly pick up on it and use it whenever they want.

Build Your Island Bit by Bit

Everything is working with a drag-and-drop system so pick up your favorite weapon or a prop and just drag it to the main screen where your map template is. You can pick up whole buildings that already exist in Fortnite and just drop them wherever you like, you can change the floor color, edit weapon spawn points, etc. All in all, you could say that you are like a God in this Fortnite feature and the world is at your mercy to create it however you like.

Our advice is that you start with the bigger things and then move down to the smaller details. Shape the landscape of your adventure first with the editing of the ground, adding large buildings and items that are going to be the backbone of your project.

We know that it can be easy to lose focus, especially when one starts digging through those neverending folders that have so much cool stuff in them. And by all means, do explore everything, but when it’s building time, it’s best to start big.

Test Out Your Creation

Like Dr. Frankenstein, you’d probably like to see your creation be brought to life and you can do that easily through the Fortnite Unreal Editor. All you have to do is first save your progress with Ctrl/Command + Shift + S (or through software options in File > Save). Then go top of the screen and press Launch Session.

For the time being, there are some bugs when it comes to running your map. If the map doesn’t load when you press the Launch Session button for the first time, try clicking it again or clicking the Start Game button left of it. The Unreal Editor will (attempt to) run Fortnite and immediately run your map but that won’t work always. Sometimes you will have to quit and start Fortnite again until the map runs as planned. We assume this is a temporary bug that will be resolved soon.

Launching session will get you into your map with your character but you are still in edit mode. To run it as a real Fortnite match go to Menu and press Start Game.

We hope you found our guide helpful. If you wish to read more about Fortnite 2.0 see our articles How to Play Forest Guardian in Fortnite – Creative 2.0 Code and How to Play OG Fortnite Map – Creative 2.0 Code. Get more trending gaming news every day from Gamer Journalist by following us on Facebook.

About the author

Đorđe Ivanović

Đorđe Ivanović (Djordje Ivanovic) has been a staff writer at Game Journalist since late 2022. He has a BA in Journalism and five years of professional writing experience behind him, with a recent personal focus on gaming and technology niches. His GJ coverage includes Path of Exile, Ragnarok Origin, and Blizzard hit games like Diablo, WoW, and Overwatch alongside other live service games.
In his free time, you will find this adamant fan of Dota solving some sort of puzzle games, and getting familiar with board gaming.

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