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Epic Games Provide Update on Close Encounter LTM in Fortnite, Bring Back Solid Gold Mode

Published: 27/May/2018 16:28 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Calum Patterson


Epic Games has clarified the reasoning for the removal of the ‘Close Encounters’ limited time mode in Fortnite Battle Royale, replacing it with the fan favorite ‘Solid Gold’ mode.

The Close Encounters mode has had a rocky introduction to Fortnite, being removed and re-added on a couple of occasions as devs tinker with the balancing.

The mode only features shotguns and new limited time item Jetpacks, but has ‘encountered’ its fair share of issues, making it not work out quite as Epic intended.

Until now, players were unsure why Fortnite was in a state of limbo with mode, with some players not even getting a chance to play it, but Epic Games has now clarified the reasoning.

It turns out that the issue caused by ‘sky bases’ was ruining the playability of the mode, due to the constant jetpacks and removal of fall damage.

In regular modes, players need to be cautious when building sky bases (building high into the ‘sky’ of the map to gain a major height advantage) because falling from such heights would almost certainly result in death.

But with jetpacks and no fall damage, players were perhaps overusing sky bases, making ‘close encounters’ gameplay not work out quite as planned.

We heard your feedback about Close Encounters and will be evaluating the effect sky bases have on this LTM.

To replace this we’ve brought back Solid Gold after seeing how much you enjoyed it. Happy Weekend!

An example of a sky base in Fortnite, a problem in the Close Encounters LTM

Solid Gold has been a staple LTM in Fortnite Battle Royale, dropping only the legendary (gold) tier of weapons on the map, giving all players maximum firepower.

As for Close Encounters, it remains to be seen if the Epic Games team can tinker with the settings to make it a more viable mode.

Source: Reddit


SypherPK reveals his “wish list” for Fortnite Season 5

Published: 27/Oct/2020 0:08

by Tanner Pierce


Star Fortnite content creator SypherPK has revealed in a recent interview the changes that he would like to see implemented in the battle royale’s upcoming Season 5, which is set to launch sometime in December 2020. 

Even though it feels like Season 4 launched yesterday, S5 is already a little more than a month away, if everything goes according to plan. It’s only a matter of time before players start getting leaks and official teasers about what’s going to be included in the next iteration.

Currently, there’s next to no information about what’s coming, whether it be for the season’s theme, new features, etc. In anticipation of all the new content that’s on its way, SypherPK has revealed his short, albeit important, wish-list for the upcoming season.

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SypherPK said that he would like to see more game-changing mechanics, like fishing, in Season 5.

In a recent interview, Sypher said that, while he would love “more unique items”, one of the main things he’d like to see in Season 5 is “game-changing” features similar to what we’ve seen before.

“In past Fortnite seasons, we’ve had implementations that really change up the game,” the superstar streamer said. “Like when they first introduced Reboot Vans, when they first introduced Siphon, fishing, vehicles, picking up players.

“These are all very memorable changes that really shook up the game of Fortnite and made it better. We haven’t really seen big, significant changes like that in a while.”

In addition, he also said that he wants to see a “revamped” competitive/ranked system in the game: “Arena, right now, feels like a glorified Pub with Siphon. It doesn’t really feel like a true ranked mode. I would like to see a true ranked mode in Fortnite.”

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SypherPK also said that he would like see some changes to the Reboot system in the Ranked/Competitive mode.

One currently-existing system he would like to see tweaked is respawning, which involves players collecting their eliminated teammates’ cards and bringing them back to life via one of the many Reboot Vans located on the map.

“I’d like to see some sort of mechanic where, when you get eliminated and thirsted, you have a second chance of coming back,” he elaborated. “I’d like to see a revamp of the Reboot system; core-changing mechanics to really shake-up Fortnite. It’s been a while since we’ve have some significant changes to really alter the pace of the game.”

While it’s unknown what Epic has planned for Season 5, the developers have more than proved themselves to be capable of thinking outside of the box for Fortnite. Only time will tell, however, if this next installment satisfies SypherPK and the Fortnite player-base.