Epic Games explain why they've added explosive damage through structures in Fortnite - Dexerto

Epic Games explain why they’ve added explosive damage through structures in Fortnite

Published: 1/Nov/2018 23:13

by Albert Petrosyan


Epic Games have offered further insight into their thought process behind the addition of the new explosive damage system in Fortnite Battle Royale.

The recent v6.21 update, which went live early on November 1, implemented a new system which allows 25% of explosive damage to penetrate through structures and the environment.

As a result, any explosion caused by items such as grenades and launchers can now cause damage to players through structures, whether the structure is built by the player or naturally spawning.

With there being a strongly negative reaction to this massive change, Epic has posted a message the further clarifies why they implemented it.

Essentially, the main motivational factor was that the developers felt there was an imbalance in play-styles that needed to be addressed.

“Building as a defensive measure is hugely important, and the safety net it provides is something we don’t take lightly,” they wrote. “However, in general, we feel like there’s a bit of an imbalance between aggressive play and defensive tactics.”

The post then reveals that the massive feedback has been heard, and that this new system is merely an experiment, such as the recently added glider re-deploy feature.

Players are encouraged to offer their feedback about this new system, and the post even includes specific question guidelines players can use when providing their input:

  • Is 25% the right amount? What if it were lower?
  • Should all material types have the same damage reduction? That is, should metal have a higher mitigation than wood?
  • Is the aggressive/defensive balance right currently? What other methods might make sense for countering overly defensive play?

Considering how negative the feedback regarding this change has been, and the fact that Epic are essentially acknowledging that by posting this update, players may expect to see further adjustments made soon, or the change to even be reversed completely. 

Source – Reddit


Fortnite dev hints G.I Joe Snake Eyes collaboration could be in the works

Published: 26/Oct/2020 6:38 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 7:02

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Fortnite developer Donald Mustard hid some clues towards future content in the background of his zoom call today and a conveniently-placed G.I Joe figurine has convinced some players a collaboration could be on the cards.

Fortnite is no stranger to collaboration and innovation. It’s a game that knows no bounds and has collided with other characters and universes including Batman, John Wick, Marvel, and Star Wars.

Donald Mustard, the Creative Director at Epic Games, has been busy dropping hints towards future content in recent weeks. In an interview on Marvel’s ‘This Week In Marvel’ podcast, he let it slip that Fortnite and Marvel would be crossing paths time and time again.

However, it seems like that isn’t all he’s got planned. Earlier today, he took part in a zoom interview with video-game journalist Geoff Keighley and dropped some hints towards future content in a creative way.

Donald Mustard scattered clues around his room

Donald Mustard used a webcam during the Zoom call. Naturally, that means viewers could see the room he was in. However, instead of covering things up left, right, and center, he embraced it and decided to play a game — the madman scattered clues hinting towards future content around the room.

“That was SO fun and SO inspiring!” he said. “Super cool to hang out with a bunch of awesome people who all LOVE the art of games! Trying to count how many clues to future stuff I’ve hidden into the background of my ‘wfh’ space…” he added.

Fortnite players were quick to pounce and look for clues. There were lots of bits and pieces in the shot, including a couch, a desk, an exercise bike, and paintings on the wall.

However, one item stood head and shoulders above the rest. It’s gained traction on social media and convinced many Fortnite might cross paths with another popular American hero, G.I Joe.

There’s a lot of stuff hidden in the background, including a poster to Star Trek: Into Darkness. However, only one thing sticks out like a sore thumb; a boxed figure of ‘Snake Eyes’ from revived franchise G.I Joe.

Fortnite G.I Joe Snake Eyes
Donald Mustard / Jtneagle
Reddit user /u/Jtneagle points out the G.I Joe Snake Eyes clue with a red arrow.

Snake Eyes is an important member of the G.I Joe Team. He’s also one of the most popular characters in the story and has been involved in the story behind every G.I Joe movie and series.

Interestingly, a spin-off film dedicated entirely to him called ‘Snake Eyes’ is reportedly on the cards for production in 2021. If anything, it makes a potential Fortnite and G.I Joe collaboration all-the-more believable.

GI Joe hero Snake Eyes could be set to join the Fortnite roster in a future season.
Paramount Pictures
GI Joe hero Snake Eyes could be set to join the Fortnite roster in a future season.

However, not everyone is convinced. Some players hope and believe Fortnite will cross paths with Star Trek instead.

It’s also possible that both of them will come into play at separate points in time. After all, Donald Mustard himself multiple clues were hidden in the background.

Either way, the hype is real, and players can’t wait to see what’s happening next in Fortnite. And, while we wait, there’s still plenty of Marvel content to enjoy too.