Fortnite at present added a cross-platform voice chat, a function that lets friends speak even when they’re not currently enjoying the sport. Party Hub, which is out there in the game’s cellular apps, permits you to see which of your mates are online and begin audio conversations with them. The function is predicated on related technology developed by Houseparty, the group video chat app that Fortnite maker Epic acquired in June.

For now, the chat is restricted to audio, although the company says that textual content chatting is under development. (Whether or not it sometimes provides video chat, which is Houseparty’s core feature, stays an open question.)

You possibly can speak to buddies within the Party Hub even when they’re enjoying a game, and you’re not. Or, should you begin a dialog in the cell app however need to play on a PC or online game console, open Fortnite on that device when you have the app open, and the chat will transfer there.

You can too stop folks from starting chats with you or becoming a member of your party by tapping a lock icon over your avatar. Or you may invite new individuals to your conversation by ringing one of many game’s llama bells on numerous screens throughout the app.

In a weblog post, Epic stated that Party Hub creates new possibilities for syncing up along with your squad and staying in contact with friends, and right now they’re merely scratching the surface of what’s possible.

When Epic acquired Houseparty, it promised to “build much more enjoyable, shared experiences” utilizing that app as a foundation. At present introduction of the Party Hub, that concept is coming into view.

Party Hub will probably be rolling out right now in Fortnite’s apps for Android and iOS.