Fortnite developer Epic Games has decided to make a special exemption to its usual rules, and allow creators using the new Creative 2.0 tool — also known as the Unreal Editor for Fortnite — to remake the game’s original maps.
It’s just as well, as the race to recreate the game’s original Chapter 1 map has already begun — and Creative 2.0 only launched on Wednesday. A link is provided to an early map of Chapter 1 Season 3 that you can play and download from the guide to Creative 2.0’s best maps.
This would normally be against the law. Fortnite’s end user license agreement (EULA), which rules out the creation and publication of any content based on others’ copyrighted material. Of course, that includes Epic’s own Fortnite intellectual property.
Epic realized that the fans wanted to see the original battle royale game again and so made an exception.
“We are as excited as you to relive the experiences we shared in the original Fortnite Battle Royale Chapter 1 map, and so we are granting a special and specific exception to allow creators to publish their own remakes of the Chapter 1 maps (and Only the Chapter 1 maps),” Epic said Thursday in a blog post attributed to the Fortnite team. “Like maps built using the ‘Battle Royale Island’ starter island, islands recreating Chapter 1 maps will remain ineligible for monetization. All terms protecting copyrights and intellectual property will continue to be strictly enforced.”
It’s wise of Epic to indulge fan nostalgia in this way; permitting the map remakes costs the company nothing. Meanwhile, Blizzard fought in vain against fans’ “vanilla” World of WarcraftFor years servers were in use before being able to accomodate player demand. World of Warcraft Classic.
The Unreal Editor allows you to publish and create maps as well as games right into your browser. Fortnite, à la Roblox, and even earn a slice of the game’s revenues for their trouble. It was revealed and launched on Wednesday — which was tough luck for former Grand Theft Auto designer Leslie Benzies, who lifted the lid on his very similar user-generated content game EverywhereOn Thursday.
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