Lannan ‘LazarBeam’ Eacott has taken aim at Epic's choice to change Fortnite’s user interface in Chapter 2, dubbing the screen updates “literally pointless,” and likening them to “screen vomit” instead of improvements.
Fortnite’s reset into Chapter 2 has been a divisive move so far. It’s been dubbed as a “boring” change for all. Even the battle royale’s biggest defender, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, has opened fire on the title, admitting he “feels bad” for the fans.
LazarBeam — who previously warned the battle royale could be on its final legs, and admits he’s “really worried” for its future — has also found fault with the new updates. His issues, however, are a little less gameplay related.
According to Eacott, Epic needs to consider reverting the Fortnite UI (user interface) during matches. He likened Chapter 2’s gun layouts, info-bars, and medal popups to “screen vomit.” In his eyes, something has to change, and "fast."
“Potentially controversial opinion…I miss the old UI. The medal and experience bar system is literally pointless screen vomit. I don’t need a giant medal on my screen ‘cause I’m in the top 50!” he posted on Twitter.
Fortnite has also seen a number of quests added, including collecting rare fish. Those “dumb pop-ups” aren't necessary either, the Aussie star said, and added "he doesn’t need a giant medal on my screen cause [he] caught a f**king fish!"
potentially controversial opinion but i miss the old UI
the medal and xp bar system is literally pointless screen vomit
I DONT NEED A GIANT MEDAL ON MY SCREEN CAUSE IM IN THE TOP 50 pic.twitter.com/9jh0qgoUEf
— LAZARBEAM (@Lazarbeam) March 28, 2020
This isn’t the first time LazarBeam has suggested Fortnite’s original chapter — just dubbed Seasons 1 through 10 back then — was a better experience than the game is now. He even admitted to “watching old videos” and reminiscing.
“Game was so simple, clean, and fun [back then]. It felt like the entire globe discovered and experienced this game together. I’m emotional man!” he said in another tweet earlier this month, days before the Helicopter update.
He did admit Epic Games had “done a good job keeping the game exciting,” with the patches they’ve rolled out recently. “There was a reason it took over the world,” he added. He believes that spark has been missing in Chapter 2 so far.
Been watching old Fortnite videos. Game was so simple clean and fun.
It felt like the entire globe discovered and experienced this game together.
IM EMOTIONAL MAN!
— LAZARBEAM (@Lazarbeam) March 19, 2020
That isn’t through lack of trying from Epic’s behalf, however. The devs have poured new guns, high-flying vehicles, and a hefty helping of challenges into Chapter 2 so far, and there’s even more new stuff on the horizon too.
According to Fortnite's devs, there’s “unbelievable things” still to come. They’ve stayed relatively quiet about what that could mean, though. Let’s hope, for LazarBeam’s sake at least, the changes include a new Fortnite UI overhaul.