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Ninja explains how new physics engine could "reset Fortnite completely"

by Brad Norton
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Fortnite superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has reacted to the latest Epic Games blog post about Chapter 2 Season 2, expressing concern over the future of the game due to the new physics engine that will soon be implemented.

Fortnite is set to switch things up in a major way over the coming weeks. Announced in a January 24 blog post from Epic Games, Chapter 2 Season 2 will see a major update shipped to the game's engine.

However, the changes has one of Fortnite’s most popular players concerned over just what it could mean for the future of the Battle Royale title.

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Having remained on Unreal Engine 4 since its release in 2017, Fortnite has undergone a great deal of change over the years. From new maps and countless items, to entirely new mechanics. However, things are set to be shaken up under the hood with the implementation of a brand new physics system. 

“Beginning with the release of the 11.50 update in early February, Fortnite will be moving to Unreal Engine’s Chaos physics system,” the blog post explained. “At launch, the goal is to ensure that Fortnite still feels like Fortnite. Along the way there will be some bumps, so we’re starting tests with a small group of players.”

Reading through the post during a recent stream, Ninja was left in a state of shock as he couldn’t quite comprehend the magnitude of the shift. While no one is yet aware how the drastically moment to moment gameplay will be impacted, the Mixer streamer was quick to voice his concern.

“Dude, it’s gonna change everything,” he said. “I have so much speculation, I wonder, man.”

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“Has a game ever changed the engine it’s on? I’m not talking about a sequel, I’m talking about an actual game.”

Trying to understand why such a massive adjustment was being introduced, Ninja expressed how he believes the developers want to “reset Fortnite.” In order to re-establish the earlier feeling of the Battle Royale title, he argues that they want to bring back a version of Fortnite “where everyone sucked.”

While Ninja recently called for a crazy update to liven up the game, not even Ninja anticipated an overhaul of this kind. Questioning just how significant the update might be, he pondered whether Epic would change the game at its very core.

“What if they remove building? I’m being serious, I think we might see some drastic changes,” he concluded.

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There's no telling just how significant the engine overhaul will be when Season 2 begins.

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Only time will tell just how significant a moment in time this will be for the Fortnite community, though Ninja is confident that the shift will be enormous. 

Chapter 2 Season 2 is set to go live on February 20 and while no official details have been revealed just yet, a recent leak might have provided a first look at brand new map changes.