Between Fortnite’s battle royale and Save the World co-op modes, Epic’s ludicrously popular third person shooter is a game that’s really all about killing. That’s going to change the with the addition of a new creative mode in the game, created in partnership with the International Red Cross.
Liferun will debut at PAX South, which takes place next weekend between 17th-19th January in San Antonio. It features four missions in which players will join “International Red Cross heroes racing across the globe in four real-life missions to save lives instead of take them.” It’s part of a partnership between Team Evolve who created it alongside the International Red Cross.
You’ll be able to play if you’re at the show, or watch people take it on, with Twitch streamers such as Ben “DrLupo” Lupo one of those set to stream from the event.
This just one thing that Epic are doing while players wait for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 to start, with some Overtime on Season 1 being called with ten Remedy vs Toxin Challenges. Fortnite went through a dramatic Chapter 2 relaunch in October 2019, with Epic scrapping the entire world and creating a completely new map instead of iterating on their existing one.
Since then they’ve held a number of seasonal events, a major tie in for the launch of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but now the updates have slowed down as they came to the end of the season. Liferun could simply be another part of that, but it could also part of a new push to diversify the game and what it offers further. Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney recently tweeted that Fortnite’s Creative tools would be expanding, allowing those outside of Epic to do more with the game.
Nothing hifalutin. Just more powerful Fortnite Creative tools so that creators outside of Epic can do the kinds of things with the game that only we can do right now.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) December 29, 2019
Essentially this could start to turn Fortnite into a light version of the Unreal Engine SDK, giving you a playground environment with simplified tools to create different experiences.