Ninja explains why original map should return to ‘boring’ Fortnite

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Mixer and Fortnite star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has explained why Epic Games should re-add the original Fortnite map to Chapter 2, as the 28-year-old grew frustrated with the game that launched him into stardom.

Upon its release back in October of 2019, many Fortnite fans heralded Chapter 2 as the savior of a game that was growing stale amid a number of poor development decisions. A great example was the hated MECHs, which drove a large portion of the community away in Season 10. 

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However, despite the initial praise, some argued that Season 1 of Fortnite’s second chapter went on for too long, and did not do enough to keep the game fresh. Despite long being an advocate of Epic’s decision making, it appears Ninja is becoming frustrated with the game that saw him become Twitch’s most-followed streamer.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 map.Epic Games
Fortnite Chapter 2 brought this new map into the game.

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Since the March 10 release of Call of Duty: Warzone, Ninja has been splitting his time between Activision’s brand new battle royale and Epic Games infamous Fortnite.  However, on March 26, Blevins grew frustrated with the building BR, and proceeded to explain some of his frustrations. 

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“I’m on 50 f**king ping,” he raged. “I wanna move to CoD right now. Man that’s just not fun. I dunno what it is. Somehow the game [Fortnite] is getting laggier. I’m on East Coast servers dude and I can’t place walls.” 

He then went on to explain that he wants to play Fortnite, but he is not finding the game enjoyable “in its current state”. He highlighted the game’s solos mode as particularly frustrating in its current build. 

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In a second clip, both he and SypherPK criticized the game for its lack of tangibly new content. Ninja explained that what initially drew players to Fortnite was the regular addition of new content, but this is something that has dried up of late. 

“I’ve come to the conclusion bro,” Ninja continued. “We need to bring the old map back.” Despite these statements, he conceded that the likelihood Epic will simply abandon their new map is very low. 

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This is how the map looked as Chapter One wound down.

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Ninja summarized his feelings: “I’m bored because there’s nothing new. They added the agency, everything was so fun… now, everyone knows where they wanna land. 75% of the lobby is dead in the first four minutes and there’s nothing new.” 

Fortnite’s original map remained in the game for all ten seasons of its first chapter, despite changing significantly in seasonal updates. 

Both streamers agreed that the return of the original map, using only fan-favorite POIs from Fortnite’s first chapter, would breathe some new life into the game. 

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Only time will tell what decisions Epic take to keep fans engaged.