Custom maps and monetisation rumoured for LEGO Fortnite

The next big LEGO Fortnite update will reportedly include the ability to create and monetise custom maps using the game’s Unreal Engine editor.

Reliable Fortnite news accounts ShiinaBR and HYPEX claim that a collaboration between LEGO Fortnite and the Unreal Editor for Fortnite (UEFN) is in the works, codenamed ‘Atom’, which will allow players to build their own worlds from either existing or custom LEGO sets. UEFN is a modified version of game development tool Unreal Engine designed specifically for creating custom Fortnite maps.

HYPEX reports that players will be able to use their LEGO Fortnite skins in the new mode, and that initial pieces with which to build will include ‘knobs, pins and tubes’. If those sound like LEGO Technic terms to you, they should: the same source claims that the new LEGO x UEFN update will introduce new LEGO sets and themes to Fortnite, including Technic, DUPLO and CCBS (the building system behind BIONICLE).

Also on that list are deep dives into the LEGO back catalogue such as Znap, Clikits, Scala, Primo and Quatro – all LEGO relics at this point, but seemingly on the brink of resurrection for LEGO Fortnite. X user GMatrixGames suggests that ‘Atom’ is only the plugin for UEFN’s LEGO import, however, and that it also contains data for things used in other Unreal Engine games – so not all of those new sets and themes are necessarily heading to LEGO Fortnite.

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Perhaps most interesting in this latest report is that the new custom maps will apparently be monetizable. ShiinaBR tweeted that users will need to ‘review the terms and conditions and understand the revenue rules’ to publish a LEGO Fortnite island, suggesting there’s money to be made from creating and sharing original maps. Exactly how that will work remains to be seen, though.

LEGO Fortnite’s latest update dropped last week, bringing fishing to the survival crafting game. But for those users who want more content than just basic gameplay additions, user-generated maps might go a long way to giving the game mode more longevity.

As far as the LEGO Group is concerned, it will need to stay relevant until at least October, when the first wave of LEGO Fortnite sets is rumoured to be hitting shelves. Click here for more on those.

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Chris Wharfe
I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then.

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