Fortnite First-Person Mode: Everything You Need To Know

Fortnite First-person
Fortnite First-person

Fortnite is far, far from the awkward yet still charming wave-based building survival game that it first launched as way back in 2017. Few could have imagined some of the crazy places the game would go, whether that’s becoming a cultural phenomenon enjoyed by Drake, collaborating with everything from Pac-Man to Travis Scott, or voluntarily going offline and losing millions of dollars to generate hype for a brand new chapter. And now, it looks like a first-person mode is finally coming to Fortnite.

First-person has been long rumored for the Battle Royale monolith, with plenty of players clamouring for the ability to play in first-person view since the day the game started getting big. While we’ve had some compromises like the ability to go fully ADS with certain weapons, a full first-person mode in Fortnite hasn’t seemed that feasible, especially when you consider how disorienting it would be with building involved. But with Zero Build doing away with that requirement, first-person mode as an option now makes a lot of sense for the game — and it’s almost definitely coming soon.

If you’re wanting a bit more Apex Legends on your island, here’s everything you need to know about first-person mode in Fortnite.


Fortnite FPS Gameplay

The above video showcases where first-person mode is currently at in Fortnite as of the v23.30 update, which is only accessible by those who can be bothered to put in the effort to experience some very buggy gameplay outside of public lobbies.

As you can see, first-person mode, as it stands, currently allows you to swap in and out of third-person and first-person perspectives, similarly to PUBG. It’s not clear yet whether this will be the case when first-person is properly added to the game, if it will its own separate playlist, or something else entirely.

Here’s the steps to enable the very rough first-person mode in Fortnite, but bear in mind that you will need to have paid for Save the World:

– Log into Fortnite, select Save the World
– Click “Options”, then “Settings”
– Select “Game” tab
– Under “Extra Game”, turn on the first-person camera, choose Apply
– Return to Battle Royale, then load up a Creative island
– Press the Build button

It is not properly available as a main feature just yet, as first-person mode is clearly not ready for full release. However, since the launch of Chapter 4, Epic has been making incremental progress with it over time to get it really ready, with plenty of files suggesting as such.

While the current build of first-person mode is very far away from where it probably needs to be in terms of smoothness, it’s clear that it will shake up the game in a huge way once it arrives. Much like how Zero Build brought back a lot of lapsed players, first-person mode may well bring in fans of other battle royale games looking for something slightly different, or the ability to fight Goku while dressed as random popstars.


When Will Fortnite’s FPS Mode Release?

While there is currently no set release date for first-person mode to officially drop in Fortnite, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that Fortnite: Chapter 4 – Season 2 will see it debut for the first time. Season 1 is currently set to end on March 10th, 2023, meaning that Season 2 will launch on either March 11th or 12th, though this is always subject to change.

It’d make sense for this new mechanic to drop during the next season, as Epic likes to add new movement features to the game on occasion to really refresh the experience. Apart from mantling, the last major movement change occurred at the launch of Chapter 3 with the addition of tactical sprinting.

In fact, it’s been a long road for first-person mode to come to Fortnite. Screenshots of a first-person mode for the game first started spreading in June 2022 during Chapter 3, but it’s been relatively quiet ever since. Hopefully Epic has been working away on first-person to make it as good as it can be when it finally launches.

Fortnite is free-to-play on PC via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Android.

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