Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, is making waves within the game’s community for...not making waves.
Early Wednesday morning, Epic released their most recent patch notes (v8.30) for Fortnite that many popular members of the community hoped would revert unpopular changes that were implemented two weeks ago in the v8.20 patch. The focal point of the v8.20 patch that upset both members of the competitive scene and the most vocal fans on social media was the removal of mechanics that allowed players to regenerate health/shield and acquire materials upon kills.
According to Epic in a statement they released within the patch notes, those changes sped up gameplay too much and allowed for players to farm materials too quickly:
“In v7.40 we implemented a few Pop-up Cup settings as a test in core modes. After monitoring a combination of gameplay, data, and feedback, we’ve gathered necessary info to conclude this initial test. We feel it has resulted in an unhealthy level of aggressive play, diminishing other viable strategies. That said, these mechanics have proven to be positive in our competitive playlists. All changes above remain enabled in the new Arena Game Mode.”
While players could still enjoy the aforementioned features, they now had to play in a specific game mode, The Arena Game Mode. This frustrated players who wanted to experience the "siphoning" mechanic without trying to be competitive, as Arena mode encourages the latter.
Perhaps as an unintended result of the patch, professional players who dedicated their time to grinding Arena mode were met with long queue times as they accrued more and more points.
The patch was so disliked by the community that celebrity gamer and Fortnite mega influencer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, took time to create a video on Twitter asking for change or, at least, communication.
In recent days, more and more players have been stating that the v8.30 patch should revert the previous changes to provide an overall playing experience.
When news broke that Epic was not backtracking, popular community figures took to Twitter to express their frustration.
Additionally, players flocked to the competitive Fortnite subReddit (/r/Fortnite Competitive) to vent to one another one and cope with their voices not being heard.
Epic has yet to publicly respond to the disdain of the community over recent changes. But a company that has, historically, prides itself on listening to its’ players are ignoring its’ loudest fans.
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