Epic Games is making it easier to create and share your best Fortnite Battle Royale moments, thanks to a new in-game feature that will let players record and replay gameplay footage. The new tools are aimed both at content creators who want in-game, cinematic camera features and players who want to revisit recorded matches for a better look at how the action went down.
Those replay tools are coming to Fortnite players “soon,” Epic said. Unreal Engine developers will get access to those features this summer, as part of Unreal Engine’s version 4.20 release.
During Epic’s State of Unreal presentation at GDC this week, the developer unveiled Fortnite’s new live record and replay feature with some help from YouTuber Alastair Aiken, aka Ali-A. Epic and Ali-A showed off those tools in action, illustrating how players will be able to edit footage and control in-game cameras via a streamlined, gamepad-compatible interface.
Fortnite’s replay mode will let players toggle things like UI elements for player health and names. Camera customization includes options for exposure, aperture, focal length, auto focus and focus distance.
While the new tools promise “new possibilities for content creators,” Epic said, many players looking to improve their gameplay skills in Fortnite Battle Royale will likely want to spend some time with replays. Players will be able to “jump back straight into a game” after a match and “see what went wrong on the way to that victory royale,” Epic said.
Epic built a replay theater mode for its soon-to-sunset MOBA, Paragon, and it looks like a lot of the tech built for that game is serving the Fortnite team — another example of Paragon work not going to waste. Fortnite’s chief competitor, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, introduced a similar replay system in December.
It’s not clear when those tools will come to the mobile version of Fortnite, as the developer only confirmed console and PC support. But Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney spent a good deal of his State of Unreal opening remarks talking about how iOS and Android mobile games were quickly catching up to AAA console and PC games, so it seems likely that all versions of Fortnite will eventually get those replay tools.