Fortnite Battle Royal Prepping Long List of Changes, Will Crack Down on Team Killing

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Fortnite’s free-to-play Battle Royale mode has been a huge success, recently surpassing 20 million downloads, and publisher Epic Games hopes to keep the momentum right on rolling. Recently, Epic laid out a detailed roadmap of future changes and updates coming to Fortnite Battle Royale, including a new shooting model, improved social features, and a system to combat Team Killing. Check out a rundown of the major changes coming, below.

Team Killing

We dropped the ball on addressing Fortnite Battle Royale team killing. We take action based on player reports, but the system isn’t straightforward to use, and doesn’t let you know whether we took action or not. This needs improvement. Last week we started casting a wider net to catch current and past team killers and issued numerous warnings and bans. We are also working on better analytical models to weed out the worst offenders and long term would love to have the ability to pair you with players with good reputation.

Playing with Friends

Duos and Squads are best when you can play with friends! We realize that our existing social features make it hard to make and/or find friends. We are working on making it easier to play again with people you had a great game with, make new friends, and import your friends lists from other social networks.

Certain regions don’t have the Duos playlist (we hear you Oceania!) and we continue to monitor population per platform and region. We are working on a system that is going to allow us to schedule Duos during popular hours so we can offer the mode while maintaining a good experience.

New Shooting Model

We’ve been internally playtesting an overhaul of our shooting model to remove random bullet spread while aiming down sights. We want to improve shooting while maintaining the usefulness of building cover while under fire and without changing engagement distances or the flow of the game. The initial results are promising. The changes need more work and tuning. We are shooting (har har) to provide a test client and servers for you to provide feedback and iterate on this together with us in December.

Inventory Revamp

We are working on a big rework to the current inventory. The new interface is cleaner and many of the inventory management tasks are easier to perform. Dropping items is performed by dragging outside the main inventory box and there are quick buttons for splitting and dropping half of any loot to make sharing easier. Additionally, rearranging the quickbar with a controller is now simpler.

Post-Match Stats

We want to provide more feedback to you after your match. We’re working on our first stab at a Post-Match Stats screen you can view after you’re eliminated. The first iteration shows fun, interesting and relevant statistics from your game, and the experience you earned after you / your whole team has been eliminated.

Map Updates

We are adding new unique POIs (points of interest) to the map to better fill in some of the empty spaces and introduce more gameplay variety. We are also introducing more variety to the map by updating existing areas (e.g. mountain and swamp region) with unique art for flora and the landscape. You can quickly recognize different regions from up above and on the ground, providing an improved sense of location and place.

Oh, but that’s not all! Epic also promised a whole slew of other smaller Fortnite Battle Royale additions and improvements. These include:

  • Limited time modes, this first of which will hit this month.
  • Server performance optimization
  • Improvements to aim assist and other control changes
  • Fancier leaderboards
  • More seasonal loot
  • Custom games
  • A drive to lock down 30fps consoles
  • Badges for badass plays
  • New weapons and gear
  • A whole mess of audio tweaks

That’s a lot of stuff! It’s clear Fortnite has no plans to forfeit the battle royale war. No word on when all these improvements will arrive, but you can probably expect most of them to roll out within the next couple months.

Fortnite Battle Royale is a standalone mode, separate from the core Fortnite experience. It can currently be downloaded for free on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PS4.

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