“Party Worlds” are new places to come Fortnite which is 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,” says the developer, adding that Party Worlds cannot be centered on “fight or damage.”
To kick-start the initiative, Epic has partnered with community members fivewalnut and TreyJTH on a few examples of Party Worlds. One is an amusement park called Walnut World and the other is called the Late Night Lounge and has more of a nightclub vibe. The developer says it accepts submissions to multiple communities created by the community. Just use the tag “Party World” for an island and submit it via this submission form.
Party Worlds is Epic’s latest attempt to transform Fortnite from a competitive online game to a broader online social space. This has already resulted in numerous features ranging from one-off events like 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 by using the game’s creative mode. But with its latest initiative, it seems that Epic is explicitly promoting and encouraging users to create these social-first spaces.
Party Worlds also does not connect with other islands, so they are meant as a destination rather than a “discovery tool”.
And yes, all of this is related to Epic’s plans to create a so-called “metaverse”, a fully integrated 3D online space that people can exist in. Epic is now far from the only company that explicitly targets this future (see also: Meta ), but mature of Fortnite‘s technology, not to mention the game’s enduring popularity, means that Epic’s ambitions deserve to be taken seriously.