Top battle royale player and Twitch streamer Dr DisRespect was sceptical about Epic Games potential plans to lower the building materials cap in Fortnite, saying it won’t work.
Epic Games caused a stir on June 21st, after strongly hinting that they would be looking to lower the prevalence of ‘build-offs’ in Fortnite, in a move to overhaul the game ‘meta’.
Additionally, they suggested that shotguns and rockets were too ‘superior’ to other weapons, and so limited the number of viable play styles which players could employ.
But many high profile players, streamers and YouTubers were vocally concerned about the suggestions, worried that Epic is trying to cater to new players.
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The most popular battle royale streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins made his thoughts clear, saying that he feared it would lower, or even eradicate, the skill gap that building establishes.
And Dr DisRespect echoed this, explaining that building is what separates Fortnite from other battle royales, and is particularly important given the randomness of the gun mechanics.
“This game is built on building. Both used for defensive mechanisms for new players, and offensive mechanisms for good players, right. Plain and simple.
You take that away, you just have a very cartoony, RNG shooter. It’s not going to work man, I guarantee.”
Epic Games has made clear that although they are keen to make significant changes to the current game meta, they are listening to community feedback.
So far, that feedback has been largely one sided, with many players concerned that lessening the importance of building may take away the one thing which makes Fortnite so unique in an increasingly saturated market of BR titles.
Others have been more willing to experiment with changes however, and Ninja himself suggested that a trial of 750 building materials cap (as opposed to the current 999) may be a good idea, but only on a trial basis.
Fortnite has in the past used limited time modes to experiment with changes, and so a lower building materials LTM may be a possible solution, as Epic attempts to prepare Fortnite for competitive play.