Fortnite’s New ‘Party Worlds’ Puts a Firm Focus on Socializing

“Party Worlds” are new spaces coming Fortnite that are designed to focus on socializing rather than fighting, the game’s developer Epic Games has announced. “These are experiences designed as places for players to hang out, play fun mini-games, and make new friends,” the developer says, adding that Party Worlds cannot focus on “fight or damage.”

To kick off the initiative, Epic teamed up with community members fivewalnut and TreyJTH on a few samples of Party Worlds. One is an amusement park called Walnut World, and the second is called Late Night Lounge and has more of a nightclub vibe. The developer says it is receiving submissions for more community-created spaces. Just use the tag “Party World” for an island and send it via this submission form.

There is a second Party World called ‘Late Night Lounge’.
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Party Worlds is Epic’s latest attempt at transformation Fortnite from a competitive online game to a broader online social space. This has already resulted in numerous features ranging from one-off events such as an in-game concert by Travis Scott to the battle-free Party Royale mode. Users can also already create islands to serve as social spaces instead of arenas using the games Creative mode. But with its latest initiative, Epic seems to be explicitly promoting and encouraging users to create these social-first spaces.

Party Worlds also has no connection to other islands, so they are intended as a destination rather than a ‘discovery tool’.

And yes, this all ties in with Epic’s plans to create what’s called a “metaverse”, a fully integrated 3D online space where people can exist. Epic is now far from the only company to explicitly focus on this future (see also: Meta), but the maturity of Fortnite‘s technology, not to mention the game’s enduring popularity, mean that Epic’s ambitions deserve to be taken seriously.