Fortnite: Should Epic Games continue taking chances with major meta changes? | The Fortnite Podcast Ep. 59 - Dexerto

Fortnite: Should Epic Games continue taking chances with major meta changes? | The Fortnite Podcast Ep. 59

Published: 28/Dec/2018 3:42 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 18:15

by Albert Petrosyan


The constantly evolving state of Fortnite Battle Royale ensures that the in-game meta does not remain as such for too long of a period of time. 

Developers Epic Games are consistently adding, removing, and adjusting things in the game that keep it fresh and do not allow for a certain combination of weapons, items, vehicles, or mechanics to stay too powerful for too long.

With updates rolled out every week, the vast player-base is often left guessing as to what’s coming next to the popular battle royale title, and more often then not, Epic have introduced some sort of change that has drastically altered the game.

While many may enjoy these constant flurry of changes, others, most notably those who play the game competitively and professionally, are often seen asking for more consistency when it comes to the important aspects of Fortnite.

After all, casual players can always take their time in getting used to major changes, while competitive players have to quickly adapt and master them or risk falling behind.

Season 7 of Fortnite introduced a mass of changes to the map, including a whole snow biome added to the southwest corner and three brand new points of interest.

This topic was thoroughly discussed in Episode 59 of the renowned Fortnite Podcast by 2LoudTX and MonsterDFace, both of whom have an expert level understanding of the nuances of Fortnite.

In the latest episode, the pair break down whether Epic are making the right decision in pushing novelties into the game and fundamentally altering the game as a result, such as when they added in the powerful Infinity Blade sword a day before the finals of the $1 million Winter Royale tournament.

The Infinity Blade is arguably the most controversial item ever added to Fortnite and was eventually vaulted after heavy backlash from the community.

While he sympathizes for the effect the Infinity Blade had on the competitive community, MonsterDFace also understands Epic’s reasoning behind wanting to wow the community.

“Yes it was unfair and kind of crazy,I feel you guys on that, but from an entertainment perspective, I can’t argue against what Fortnite pulled off, because they pulled off one hell of an event. It was one crazy event!”

Similarly, 2LoudTX does not want Epic to stop doing one of the main things that make it unique from other developers: “At the end of the day, I enjoyed the item. I like that they took a chance on something else. That’s what I don’t want to see go.”

The NA finals of the $1M Winter Royale tournament were mired in controversy after Epic added the Infinity Blade just a day before the competition began.

MonsterDFace also pointed out that Epic have done things like that in the past, such as when they added the glider re-deploy system days before the finals of the $10 million Fall Skirmish series at TwitchCon in late October.

“This goes back to even the re-deploy system. Remember TwitchCon was the first days of re-deploy, it got slammed on them! Don’t be surprised, they’re here to screw you over NA,” he added jokingly.

You can hear more of the Fortnite experts’ discussion about these changes and many other topics in Episode 59, including MonsterDFace’s recent trip to the Korean Open Fortnite tour as well as the upcoming $100K tournament hosted by WSOE.


Fortnitemares 14.40 Update map changes: Witchshacks, Midas & more

Published: 21/Oct/2020 11:53

by David Purcell


Epic Games have rolled out their spooky Fortnitemares update in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 and there’s a load of map changes to talk about. Here, we look through everything that’s changed in patch v14.40. 

The game is always in line for a wild update every Halloween and the same has happened this year. The dark forces of the battle royale world have come back from the shadows, all to celebrate the return of Midas – who disappeared earlier in the season.

Now, with the huge update on October 21 comes a shakeup for the game’s ever-changing map.

So, let’s run through everything you need to know for the next time you jump from the Battle Bus.

Fortnite Halloween update map changes


Fortnite Witchshacks
Epic Games
These Witchshacks have some very useful items inside.

One of the first things players will notice is that a number of Witchshacks have been dotted around the island. These were found by leaker FortTory, soon after the patch rolled out.

You have to feel, just because of the nature of them and the fact brooms can be found inside, that these will soon become hotspots for players dropping in.

Midas return location

Midas POI fortnite
Epic Games
Also found by FortTory is this Midas location, which looks to be his return location.

This appears to be the place where Midas will rise once again, with candles lit in a circle and the throne sitting in the background.

Soon enough, we’ll get to see what happens here, but an interesting addition nonetheless.

The Ruins POI: Fortnitemares

The Ruins Fortnite
Epic Games
Here’s how it looks in-game.

The game’s middle point of interest has been given a spooky makeover, called The Ruins.

Surrounded by ghouls and who knows what, this could be one of the most dangerous places for members of the community moving forward.

Halloween decorations

Fortnite Halloween props
Epic Games
If entering haunted houses is your thing, Fortnite is definitely worth playing this Halloween.

Some players will have seen many of these prior to the update, but much of the settlements in Epic Games’ popular title are now filled with Halloween props on the inside and out.

Here, we can see huge spiders placed on buildings and webs, so get used to seeing that.

We’ll be updating this article with more map changes as we find them…

Fortnitemares trailer

Last, but not least, you can check out the official Fortnitemares trailer – showing off all of the new features.

It was posted to the Fortnite Twitter account on October 21, once the patch rolled out.

So, there you have it! A jam-packed update for players to sink their teeth into this October.

If you want to see more map changes that those stated in this article, you know what to do – jump into the action!