While Fortnite Battle Royale seems to be as strong as ever, there’s been an underlying problem brewing since the start of Season 5. Many fans have been hitting the internet and posting to forums like Reddit to complain about the tweaks that Epic Games has made to their beloved game. Mainly, that certain weapons are overpowered and that the game is beginning to devalue efficient builders. Well, Epic is listening. The studio has announced that an update addressing Fortnite weapon and building balance is now live.
There are many changes being implemented to address the Fortnite weapon and building balance issues. Here is what Epic said to deliver the news:
“We’ve seen various discussions about SMGs, building material changes, and general weapon vs structure interaction. We agree that weapons should have a unique purpose and that building should feel great as well as show off your tactical skills in the heat of battle. Your feedback in combination with internal testing has shown that previous changes in these areas were not achieving the goals we had set out for. The new changes are aimed at allowing for strengths and weaknesses between the SMGs, shotguns and structures during close range combat.”
To help address concerns that building is being devalued, Epic Games has increased the initial health of each of the materials in the game. A wood wall now has now jumped from 80 to 90 health points, a stone wall from 80 to 100, and a metal wall from 80 to 110. Epic says that this change was done because “material strength should feel more intuitive when making decisions.”
Fans have also been complaining that SMGs are overpowered within the most recent versions of the game. Epic is “Dropping SMG effectiveness – they should feel good against structures, but not consistently be the best option in multiple scenarios.” With the Fortnite weapon and building balance patch, the compact SMG has a lost a bit of its power going from 22/21 for rare versions and 21/20 in common. It also saw its total clip shrink from 50 bullets to 40.
The Drum Gun is also seeing a substantial reduction in value. Here’s the breakdown for popular assault rife that may not be so popular anymore:
- Reduced falloff range damage from 80% to 70% at 3500 units
- Reduced falloff range damage from 65% to 55% at 5000+ units
- Added environmental damage fall off matching player damage fall off
- Decreased jumping accuracy by 5%
- Decreased targeting accuracy by 10%
- Reduced spawn rate from chests and floor loot by 40%
The Fortnite weapon and building balance patch is proof that Epic Games is listening and willing to make changes to the game to stay in the favor of its core audience. Which is something that took other developers way too long to figure out.