When Fortnite was in its infancy the style of gameplay was vastly different as no one built; I don’t even think anyone particularly knew what the materials were for except for maybe getting onto the roof of a building.
Hilariously, watching back my gameplay, I even found myself hiding in a bush with a silenced pistol – what a boss!
The next couple of seasons we saw the evolution of building and specifically build fights, where players would turn the plains of the island into a sculptured art piece made from wood, brick and metal ultimately leading to one victor.
However, this mechanic became problematic for EPIC games as it didn’t cater towards new players.
Building created such a skill gap that new people would play a few games and then leave.
So, in the latest season epic introduced a number of ‘spray’ weapons designed to bring forts down and bring the fights back to ground level.
However, at first, the changes swayed the balance a little too far decreasing the health of the materials too much that no one could build anything, they eventually released a second update that balanced the materials to a better position.
Last week EPIC released the inclusion of a grappling hook.
The weapon is a pickup item that comes fully loaded with a maximum of 15 uses before it breaks, similar to the jetpack once was.
How has it impacted the gameplay?
Firstly, there’s a new meta and that’s the grappling hook and double barrel combo, launching yourself quickly into someone’s tower and unleashing deadly damage at face-to-face range.
It is interesting that EPIC have released another contraption that negates building, I am sure for those who are clearly gods with their materials will become terribly salty when someone climbs to the top of their tower and double barrels them from behind.
On the contrary, the grappling gun is going to make for some incredible clips from the best players and from a scenario point of view, those players who build a skyscraper 1×1 will have to watch their backs now.
Interestingly in the patch notes today, 5.4, they have now vaulted the Drum Gun.
Are they doing away with the spray meta?
But again instead, they have replaced the weapon with a silent assault rifle.
I am a tad baffled with this inclusion, what are they trying to get out of it, more sneaky plays that again doesn’t require building or is it for people to sit in their trump towers and shoot from a distance to stay undetected in their camp?
I love how Fortnite is tweaking its content regularly and changing the landscape of fights within its ‘games industry changing formula’
The new question is looming … how is it going to stand the test of time when October brings Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and the now delayed until November, Battlefield V that all are alluding to or are boasting Battle Royale modes?
Personally I think they need some major map changes or even a brand new map if they are going to keep the hype during these releases.
Or are you counting down the days to make the switch?
And if so, which one are you going for? Call of Duty: Blackout is currently in beta release, are you playing it?
Until next week guys, see you on the island!
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