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Fortnite is getting in-game video chat

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Hanging out with friends in Fortnite is getting a little closer to real life

Fortnite players grouped up in the Houseparty app for in-game video chat Image: Epic Games/Houseparty

Along with being one of the most popular games in the world, Fortnite has also become a virtual hang-out spot for friends. On Wednesday, Epic announced that Fortnite’s virtual hangouts are getting an upgrade thanks to new in-game video chat.

Fortnite’s video chat will be hosted by Houseparty, an app that Epic has partnered with several times in the past. Players will be able to download the Houseparty app on their phones, connect Houseparty to their Fortnite accounts, then join Houseparty chat rooms with their friends while they’re playing together on either PC or PlayStation. Now your Houseparty chat will show up on the edge of your screen during your Fortnite game.

This feature is sure to be a fun addition to standard battle royale matches, but it’s with Fortnite’s other content that it might be most fun. Over the last year, Fortnite has hosted dozens of concerts, trailer premieres, and even movies entirely in-game. And with much of the United States and the world still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this should be a fun way to bring Fortnite’s gathering and events a little closer to real life.

The Houseparty integration should be live later today and will work on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. As a bonus for linking their Epic accounts to their Houseparty accounts, players will also get a Rainbow Fog Wrap for their weapons. More information about the safety features and parental controls for Houseparty chats can be found on Epic’s official announcement page.