Fortnite: Epic announces a string of updates

15 February, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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Epic Games and People Can Fly are consistently releasing new updates for Fortnite in an effort to balance the game ahead of its full launch later this year. As Epic Games takes weapons out of the Battle Royale pool, new ones shall take their place.

In a Reddit post, tweeted from the official Fortnite account last week, Epic Games gave a timeline for when the upcoming patches would launch.

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According to the update on the site, the developers state that the network code is getting closer to the point where Fortnite will be running at a solid 20hz serverside from the beginning to the end of the match so that there's a solid gameplay experience from when players log into the game's lobby all the way to when they complete a match. Instead, they suggest that they are working to offer things like limited mode options, more "fun" items and characters, enhanced audio, and other unannounced ideas created to expand the game's content offerings. Additionally, we're looking to add different types of items down the road (beyond just weapons and consumables) that will allow for exciting new ways to play. "And of course, items will often come back out of the Vault when the timing is right".

Elsewhere in the blog post, the team mentioned that they will soon remove the SMG from the game, possibly permanently, as they test new weapons.

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However, anyone upset that the SMG is gone from Fortnite should note that not all versions of the SMG will be removed.

The video above shows several aspects of the mode, which for the most part is standard battle royale fare, akin to what you'd see in PUBG or Fortnite. As of now, only the basic SMG is being removed. Epic is still adding new content to the game, including all new character costumes that completely changes the model, all new accessories, cosmetic items, and even weapons and animations. It's all in the name of making the game as balanced as possible before it has its proper launch later this year. While the record of 3.2 million concurrent players set by PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was composed only of players on the Steam platform for PC, the 3.4 million concurrent players achieved by Fortnite was spread across the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms.

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