Fortnite is the hottest online game in the entire industry, there can be no doubt about that. Its growth is unparalleled and obviously, all the players who regularly log in are eager to learn about the game's future. We may have some interesting news on that front.
Epic's Fortnite Design Lead Eric Williamson was interviewed in the latest Official PlayStation Magazine (May 2018, issue 148) and teased that the current 100 player cap for Fortnite Battle Royale might be increased at some point.
One of the things we’ve been talking about is, ‘does it make sense to ever consider more than a hundred players?’ I think there’s a lot of technological considerations for something like that. I mean, personally, I would love to try it. I don’t see it in our near future but, hey, why not?
Williamson also said that the development team had a discussion on how they could more closely integrate the PvP and PvE modes. This is particularly challenging because the latter mode is based on classes, while the former is not.
We’ve talked about how things could more closely integrate. It’s a tough problem to solve because they’re different paces of game. Battle Royale is a 15-20 minute digestible experience whereas Save The World is an RPG with progressive elements. It’s not something that is easy to map from one to the other. Certainly we would love to try and be in that sort of space, but there’s a lot of problems trying to get there.
Each class has different collision ‘volumes’ on the different characters. If we were to put those classes into Battle Royale everyone would gravitate towards the one that has the smallest ‘hitbox’.
Finally, Williamson said that the Limited Time modes being cycled in Fortnite Battle Royale are a great way for Epic to experiment.
Those are really fun palate cleansers. they allow us to do things we couldn’t do in the core game. they give us the opportunity to break the game and tip everything on its head. Turn things around and try different stuff.
Perhaps this higher-than-100 player mode could be tested as a Limited Time diversion to gauge reception among players. Would you be interested in something like that, anyway? Let us know in the comments.