Fortnite’s rampant success genuinely came out of nowhere. When PUBG was ruling the battle royale roost, you’d be excused if you initially thought that Fortnite was a simple cash-in on an emerging trend, but what ultimately ended up happening was that it nearly surpassed the popularity of the Big Daddy. It’s down to many factors, but I firmly believe that Fortnite being free-to-play and having a more casual outlook than PUBG got it to the place it is at today. Some people even forgot that the game was and still is a co-op tower defence game and the battle royale mode has been absolutely dominating.
With this success, Epic Games are stepping up their game and putting some serious force behind the battle royale mode’s development. In a long blog post on the game’s state of development, they’ve outlined the changes they’ll be making as well as future updates that you can look forward to. The highlights include a 60 FPS mode for all consoles, including the base models, that will provide players with the option to prioritise frame rate over graphical fidelity. They’re also implementing more cosmetic items, designs, refurbishing existing items and generally expanding the available portfolio.
There are also many planned Limited Modes that will make their appearance and Epic Games plans to run the following in the next month:
- Blitz Mode (shorter matches!)
- Drop into the first circle
- Generally less time between circles
- Team sizes in between 50v50 and squads
- 50v50 v2
- Closer to the 50v50 trailer experience
- Split to start
- Converge on Battle
- Bus for each team
- See all your squadmates on the map
- More supply drops
Audio will be overhauled to strike a better balance between soft and loud sound effects such as buildings being destroyed and footsteps. Custom matches are in the pipeline but will take a while before they are properly implemented. You also have the traditional optimisation that will be happening with shorter matchmaking times and better netcode. There are a bunch of other smaller changes that you’ll find in the blog post, but it looks like Epic Games is really doubling down on this battle royale thing. Just from this state of development, you can clearly see that they’re in this for the long haul.