Epic Games have announced the surprise launch of item gifting on Fortnite Battle Royale, with the system going live on Tuesday, November 27.
The release of the new gifting feature wasn’t included in the V6.31 patch notes that released earlier in the day, with the developers posting a special blog on their website to confirm the launch.
Gifting is available on all platforms except for on Apple iOS devices, as the feature would break Apple’s Terms of Service. Players who would prefer not to receive any gifts can disable the feature in Account Settings.
Players who would like to send gifts can do so by going to the Item Shop. When you attempt to purchase an item, you will now see two options, one to purchase the item for yourself, and another which says “Buy As A Gift.”
Once players have selected the gift option, they can then scroll through their friends list and choose who they would like to send it to, and then add a custom message to the present. The recipient will then receive the gift the next time they log into the game.
Players will have to fulfill certain criteria laid out by Epic Games if they would like to send gifts to friends, including ensuring multi-factor authentication is enabled and that the recipient has been your friend for at least 48 hours. You can read the full list of requirements below.
The launch of gifting will be for a limited time, as Epic Games state they will be rolling out the feature for one week, with plans for it to return in the future.