Elliott ‘Muselk’ Watkins might not be making FNCS finals every season, but that hasn’t stopped him from joining in the chorus of players asking Epic to introduce a proper ranked system into Fortnite.
Fortnite’s competitive scene has been a point of debate since the inception of battle royale in 2017. While players have been able to rank themselves on top through tournaments, only in the last 12 months was an in-game ranking system added.
However, the Arena ranked mode isn’t good enough for some — including Muselk.
While players can play Arena to get a chance to play daily cups and qualifiers for major tournaments, there’s no real way of tracking who’s number one on the ladder.
Muselk has called on Epic to change this in the upcoming Chapter 2: Season 3 update, and looking at introducing a “proper” ranked system.
“Really hoping next season we see Fortnite add a proper elo competitive system,” he said on Twitter. “Feel like it’d be such a win-win.”
Really hoping next season we see fortnite add a PROPER elo competitive system. Feel like it'd be such a win win. A place for pros to REALLY grind and feel like they're improving, and would make pubs at least somewhat more 'fun' focussed.
— Muselk (@muselk) April 27, 2020
The two winners he’s pointing out are not just the competitive community, but the casuals too.
Ranked lobbies will give more players who want to improve incentive to grind, while normals will return to becoming the place to chill out and try out silly strategies.
At the moment, with the two combined into one — outside of Arena — it can feel like every game is a fight for your life.
“[It’d be] a place for pros to really grind and feel like they’re improving, and would make pubs at least somewhat more ‘fun’ focused.”
Battle royale games like Apex Legends and PUBG have successfully implemented ranked modes into their games. By focusing on eliminations alongside placement, players will gain or lose elo depending on how well they perform in each lobby.
Muselk believes that now is the time to add ranked to the biggest battle royale on the planet in an attempt to try and make the game enjoyable again.
The Australian YouTuber has also said Fortnite is “in an absolutely dumb spot”, and Season 3 could be the deal-breaker for a lot of players.
Epic’s plans for the next update have been tightly guarded though, so we will have to wait and see if change is truly on the horizon.