Epic Games has released new details about the development team's plans to shake up the combat systems in Fortnite Battle Royale, including major changes to weapons and building supplies.
Fortnite has become heavily reliant, according to Epic Games, upon shotguns, rockets and excessive building, and the team want to change this.
How exactly this will be done is not fully discussed, but a new post on the Fortnite official website alludes to reducing the amount of materials players can carry, as well as reducing the prominence of certain weapon types.
Epic Games wants to 'evolve the game', and from the sound of it, very significantly, in order to keep the game "fresh and and new."
The full post from Epic Games can be read below:
TL;DR - We are going to continue to make changes to evolve the game to give players multiple ways to counter each other in combat, and create more strategies to win the game.
Fortnite is constantly evolving. Our goal with any changes is to keep the game fun and interesting, keeping it feeling fresh and new.
It’s important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don’t boil down to “just build lol”. We strongly believe that the evolution of Fortnite supports a wide range of play styles and counterplay. Currently, the superiority of shotguns, rockets, and uncapped building are such a dominant play style in the final circle that most other strategies are being drowned out.
RECENT & UPCOMING CHANGES
We have made a few changes recently -- and will continue to make more -- to give you options to counter other players in combat, especially in the late game.
We are exploring changes to weapon balance and resource economy, like e.g. resource caps
So, where does this leave us?
You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies. Shotguns should be strong, but other weapons have room to grow. Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off. We want to empower you to showcase your skill, strategy, and tactics in all variety of ways.
We’ll be exploring these changes over the next few weeks - we’re excited to hear your thoughts and encourage you to participate in discussions on our various social channels.