A solution proposed by many people in the community to help balance Fortnite Battle Royale was shot down by Epic Games.
A bunch of Epic employees are doing an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit’s /r/FortniteCompetitive forum.
They are covering a variety of topics posted by members of the competitive community.
The first question they chose to address was from /u/JorisR9
Are you guys considering a separate loot pool for Arena/competitive?
A: “Not at the present time.
Having the same core battle royale game played by players of all skill levels is healthy for the overall state of the game and keeps competition open, approachable, and for both players and viewers.
We aim at one game, however we occasionally make exceptions (such as Siphon), but our threshold for branching core gameplay is very high. It’s up to us to find new directions for balance that reward players at every skill level, while not creating negative experiences for different groups. Even as Epic focuses on competitions where all are welcome to play in familiar ways, we’ll also be continuing to add tools that will allow players to customize their experience to fit their personal preferences and the way they would most like to play.”
That answer doesn’t provide a ton of hope for the future of competitive Fortnite. While the words are fine, Epic’s actions have not matched their stated goal.
“It is up to us to find new directions for balance that rewards players at every skill level, while not creating negative experiences for different groups.”
Unfortunately they have failed at that task as they try to please two vastly different groups who play Fortnite for different reasons.
The competitive community is frustrated over increased mobility through vehicles like The Baller and removal of the Pump Shotgun, while the casual community has lost a ton of strong items that are fun to use because they break the competitive side of the game.
If Epic had shown they can balance for both groups, this answer would be fine, but that hasn’t been the case over the last six months.
As for it being confusing to a viewer, I can’t imagine most of the people so entrenched in Fortnite that they are watching competitive events, would suddenly be confused when certain weapons weren’t available.
What do you think about this answer? Do you agree with Epic or not?