Fortnite Battle Royale – Replay System



By The Fortnite Team

Heya Folks,

We’re excited to finally be able share the replay system we’ve been working on for Fortnite Battle Royale with you!

You can now save your matches and watch them again from any angle, and share those hype plays with the entire squad. Adjust all sorts of cameras and settings to capture awesome cinematic moments on the battlefield. You can also use the replay system to analyze the match, learn where you can improve, develop strategies and take that Victory!  Level those skills up!

We actually use this same system internally to shoot all of the Weapon, Outfit, and Limited Time Mode trailers we release. And we’re psyched to finally get these tools into your hands!

Replay System Features:

Camera Modes

  • Third Person
    • Follows and orbits around the selected player.
    • 3 different follow modes: Off, Auto, Lazy.
  • Drone Follow
    • Drone style camera that always keeps the selected player in frame.
  • Drone Attach
    • Drone style camera that is loosely attached to the selected player.
  • Drone Free
    • Drone style camera that is free to fly around the island.
  • Gameplay
    • This camera shows what the selected player saw during gameplay.

Cinematic Settings

  • Auto Exposure
    • Exposure
  • Aperture
  • Focal Length
  • Auto Focus
    • Focus Distance


  • Name Plates
  • Player Outlines
  • Replay Region
  • Damage Effects


Which platforms are replays available on?

Right now replays are available on PC, PS4, and XB1.

Where can I find my replays?

Replays can be found under the Career tab in the lobby.

Where can I find the controls?

Camera Controls are displayed on the bottom of the screen when you switch cameras. They toggle off with the UI visibility toggle.

Are there any PC specific controls?

On PC you can can store camera shortcuts to quickly cut between cameras and jump to points in your replay. There are two ways to store a camera cut. You can store just the camera properties or the camera properties and the current time on the timeline.

Ctrl+Numpad# – Stores current camera type/position, and selected player

Ctrl+Alt+Numpad# – Stores current camera type/position, selected player AND position on the timeline

Numpad# – Recalls stored camera type/position (and time if stored)

How does the replay system work?

The replay system works by recording all of the network traffic going out to and coming in from the server during the match. Basically when you watch a replay that recorded network stream is being played back so you see exactly what you saw when you played the game.

When you play a match you are only able to see and interact with players and objects within a certain distance from you at any given time. Only the players and objects in area are recorded into the replay file. We call this area the “Replay Region”.

While watching a replay you may see players exit and enter the Replay Region. These players are located on the edge of the area that is captured in the replay file. You can see the Replay Region in the map view when watching a replay. You can also toggle the Replay Region visualization in the replay settings menu.

How are my replays stored?

Replays are stored locally on your console or PC.

On console your last 10 matches are stored automatically* as you play, and on PC your last 100 are stored. These are stored as unsaved replays and will be overwritten as you play more games. If you want to keep a replay you can select it in the replay browser and rename it. On console you can save a total of 10 replays. On PC this number is unlimited. A replay file that lasts the entire match is about 10MB in size.

*Replays will only playback in the version of Fortnite that they were recorded in. Whenever there is a new update to Fortnite your old replay files will no longer be valid.

What’s next for replays?

Like Fortnite in general we will constantly be improving the replay system including new camera modes, new visualizations, overlays, and more!

Source: Fortnite Website (view original article)


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