A YouTuber has created a first-person Fortnite experience using the game’s replay system and a little bit of video editing.
Fortnite is a third-person battle royale shooter, as we’re sure all of you know. Strangely, it’s never had an option for a first-person view as is available in PUBG. Or multiple other shooters out there. If you think about it, we’ve sort of decided collectively that third-person is a bit less gritty and a bit more cartoony than first-person view, which is probably why Epic Games decided to stick with third-person and not even offer first-person as an option.
However, some players prefer the first-person experience. It’s more immersive, makes the player feel more like they’re actually “there”, as it were. But unfortunately, there’s just no way to get your camera view to appear in the head of the actual in-game character.
Until now, that is.
YouTuber Max Box has figured out a way to use Fortnite’s replay system to show the game as it would appear in a first-person perspective. The footage he shows in the video is not a live game and is actually a modification done so that the replay camera becomes located in the character’s head rather than a few feet behind and above the shoulder.
Things look a little fish-eyed, with everything getting a bit bent out of shape at the edges, but otherwise, the first-person view looks pretty good. We can get a great look at the model’s limbs as they go about the various in-game actions like reloading and building structures, and even get a hilarious view of a taunt.
In the video description, Max Box says he made the film in response to the various fake first-person Fortnite videos he sees everywhere that often show a Fortnite knockoff or just a bizarre camera bug that teleports the view to be from the character’s head. This mod, even though it’s not from live gameplay, gives a much more realistic view of what the game would look like in the first person.
Of course, this is only possible in the replay system. Epic is pretty good about policing their game, and trying to make this happen in the live game client is sure to be grounds for an account ban. Don’t expect to see first-person view coming to Fortnite until Epic includes it in a future patch.