Epic today announced a fully-fledged Creative Mode for Fortnite, independent of Battle Royale and Save the World, which will be available Season 7 Battle Pass owners starting tomorrow, Dec. 6, and everyone else on Thursday, Dec. 13. The new mode is completely free, and it appears as though it will be available on all Fortnite platforms, if the final slide of the below trailer is to be believed.
Players are given total access to four of their own private islands, as well as a breadth of building supplies and objects, ranging from standard building materials, to trees and other natural landmarks, all the way up to entire prefab buildings. Players can also place weapons, vehicles, basic shapes, effects, and toilets, all through a new item called the AR Phone. Players can even load their own chests and llamas with whatever items they want, although we've yet to see evidence of Save the World's mimics being available in Creative Mode, which is very essential to the plans we have for this thing. Work performed on your island is auto-saved and permanent, and while there is a four hour limit on each session "for lag reasons," according to Youtuber Bajan's walkthrough below, all of your creations on each island are perpetual. Once you've got your island to a point that you're comfortable showing it off, friends can come visit for sightseeing, and participation in whatever weird comedy of errors you've invented.
As mentioned in Epic's trailer, "the initial release [of Creative Mode] will be rough," but as with Battle Royale and Save the World, Epic plans to iterate and improve on it over time. Fortnite is still an Early Access experience after all, despite being the most successful game on the planet for over a year. We also think it's interesting that none of the Youtuber walkthrough videos linked on Epic's post flagged themselves as advertisements, considering that Epic flew these content creators out to play Creative Mode, and provided all of the space and equipment for them to make these videos. We were also surprised to hear Wildcat call the other streamers present at the event "stupid fucks" in his video, and wonder if Epic watched any of these before they went live.