Proximity chat is coming to Fortnite

By Olivia Richman


Apr 9, 2024

Reading time: 2 min

Proximity Chat is officially coming to Fortnite.

Fortnite has continued to add new features and content month after month. The battle royale doesn’t seem to be slowing down when it comes to breaking the mold and trying out new ideas. It now seems very likely that proximity chat is next.

What is proximity chat?

Proximity chat is a feature that allows you to hear other players speaking when you’re nearby them, even if they are an enemy.

This feature was first introduced in Call of Duty, creating a lot of discussion amongst players. Many felt that it was entertaining, posting videos of funny moments interacting with enemies. Some initially worried that it would cause a lot of toxicity but instead it seemed to largely be people teaming up together, playing music, and cracking jokes — seriously wholesome.

After seeing the success that proximity chat had in Call of Duty, maybe Epic wanted to see how it would benefit their own playerbase.

Fortnite was slow to catch onto the proximity chat craze when it initially launched due to its younger playerbase. The chance of children hearing enemies swears and the troll was too great of a risk.

For this reason, proximity chat will have some limitations in Fortnite. It, unfortunately, won’t be available in every game mode. Instead, you can only use proximity chat in Fortnite Creative.

This has left fans wondering if it will ever be part of the main battle royale mode. This doesn’t seem to be a possibility right now, but maybe Epic will change their mind if the addition of proximity chat bodes over well in Creative.

When is proximity chat coming to Fortnite?

There is no official date for proximity chat coming to Fortnite.

Currently, proximity chat was leaked by trusted insider iFireMonkey, who showed off screenshots of proximity chat being in the Creative settings.

The screenshot shows some customization options for proximity chat within Creative. This includes toggling it on and off as well as choosing the distance you want to be able to hear other players from.

Proximity chat isn’t all too groundbreaking for Creative since you could already pretty much hear other players in that mode. But this is hopefully just a way for Epic to test the feature’s success and see if players don’t abuse it before adding it to the battle royale itself.