A while back, in an AMA, Epic Employee darkveil mentioned that Epic had plans to add a 1v1 mode in the future.
We haven’t received an update on that statement since, but that seems like something for Fortnite fans to look forward too.
The comment at the time was buried in the AMA but was recently brought up by multiple posts on Reddit and sits on the front page of /r/FortniteCompetitive.
Epic confirmed a 1v1 “Duel” mode, this was in a creative AMA that took place almost a month ago and it went under the radar from r/FortniteCompetitive
How would a 1v1 mode work in Fortnite?
So we don’t know anything about this mode other than it is called “Duel.”
So let’s look at the mode and how it might work in Fortnite. To start, you would need a set load-out both players start with.
More weapons could be scattered around a much smaller map, but to make it fair there should be a baseline. I think just a pump shotgun and an AR would be all that is needed. Epic could experiment with more starting options.
Higher rarities and other weapons would provide the looting aspect of a BR in this type of mode.
What map would you use?
You could honestly hold a fun 1v1 in just one of Tilted Towers’ Skyscrapers. Or in half of Pleasant Park. But I think one of Epic’s less popular creations is actually perfect for this mode: The Block.
The Block designs are self-contained maps that provide a variety of unique aspects. Some are better than others, but almost all of them would make for an interesting place to hold 1v1s.
For a lot of the reasons The Block isn’t a great landing space, the designs work well for a 1v1. Materials and loot problems are usually the biggest issue with The Block, and that won’t be as big of a concern in a 1v1.
They also have poor site lines and are in a weird spot on the bigger map, two things that don’t matter in a 1v1. In fact, having a lot of corners and rooms works well for the Duel format.
How does a 1v1 mode handle materials?
Similar to weapons, I feel like materials need to be something that players start with and have to replenish. One problem you want to avoid is people just having more materials and winning duels on that fact alone.
Finding the balance between being able to have build battles, and also not having every interaction dominated them will be one of the key challenges of this mode.
I think you could start with 100 materials, then you can make the choice to farm (up to 200 or 300) or just use what you have to rush your opponent. This is definitely a tougher aspect of this mode to balance.
One cool strategy would be implementing something like CS:GO’s economy. After each round, players could choose to upgrade their items or buy new weapons. That adds a level of strategy to the game and lets different play styles shine through.
Could it be 2v2 or 4v4?
This is my favorite Fortnite mode that does not exist at all. I think this is the best way for Fortnite esports to operate. You take out a lot of the issues with the current Fortnite competitive scene like RNG, confusing strategies like the Baller, and lag issues in the late game.
How cool would it be for Liquid’s Vivid and Poach to face-off against FaZe’s Tfue and Chap? You could really bring back the rivalries between esports organizations that other esports thrive upon.
You could do brackets with different duos or squads going head-to-head before reaching a final match.
It could be something like Call of Duty where different game modes bring in unique challenges, or something like CS:GO with a map system that acts like a series.
Some combination of both but using Fortnite’s build battles is an esport that has some serious power.
There are no indications that this is in the works, but it feels like a natural extension of the 1v1 mode when it gets implemented.
Moving Fortnite esports to this type of format could save Epic a lot of headaches. They have struggled to balance the game for competitive players and the general player base.
Arena Mode is a start but they could use a full split to really have both aspects of the game perform at their best.
What do you think about a 1v1 mode? Would you play? How would you want it to look?
Leaked Fortnite 14.40 skins & cosmetic items
Fortnite’s v14.40 update has officially signalled the start of Fortnitemares 2020, and a brand-new patch means we have plenty of leaked skins and cosmetics to take a look at.
While Season 4 has been all about superheroes, Halloween is the name of the game for the next couple of weeks, with Fortnite’s annual spooky event Fortnitemares making it’s welcome return, and bringing back Midas too.
Midas disappeared at the end of Season 2 when his Device experiment ended in disaster, but the 14.40 update sees the character regain control of The Agency thanks to his Shadow Henchmen, who will play a significant role in the game for the next few weeks.
For cosmetics fans, a new update means new skins, gliders, back bling, and more to look at ahead of their addition to the Item Shop, and thanks to data miner HYPEX, we can take a look at everything that will appear in-game over the next few weeks.
As always, new skins are the highlight of any cosmetic drop, and there are plenty for fans to sink their teeth into during the Fortnitemares event.
Beef Boss and Fishstick are two new members of the Skull Squad, while the Skull Trooper himself gets a party makeover. Elsewhere, we have some new default characters for those who like to keep things simple, while the Good Doctor skin has a special emote that sees him transform into a massive monster when he drinks a potion.
We’ve also got some new emotes, including one which sees your character play the banjo on a rocking chair, and a zombie walk which fits the Fortnitemares theme.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any gliders, back bling, or weapon wraps just yet, but we’ll be sure to add them to this article when they are revealed.
Fortnite 14.40 patch notes: Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge
Fortnitemares is back as spooky season takes hold, with Midas making his return to the game in the v14.40 patch, which is live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.
Fortnite Season 4 has been all about superheroes, but with Halloween fast approaching on the horizon, it’s time for “Earth’s mightiest heroes” to take a backseat and make way for some ghoulish fun.
Of course, that means it’s time for the annual Fortnitemares event, with the 14.40 patch bringing some spooky additions and Halloween-themed items to help players get in the mood.
With the patch now rolling out across PC and consoles, here’s everything you need to know before you jump into the action.
Fortnite v14.40 Update patch notes
Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge
The headline addition in this patch is the return of Midas, who acts as the main character in the 2020 edition of the Fortnitemares Halloween event.
The character hasn’t been seen since Season 2 when his Device experiment backfired, flooding the entire map. Now, he has reappeared to cause some more havoc, taking residence at The Agency once again with an army of the undead to help him with his plans.
From October 21 to November 3, players who meet their demise in Solos, Duos, or Squads can return to battle as one of Midas’ Shadow Henchmen for a shot at earning a Nitemare Royale, and join your fellow Shadows to take down those still living by using otherworldly abilities.
Loot Pool Changes
Fortnitemares doesn’t just bring back Midas, but also introduces a number of new Halloween-themed items like the Witches Broom that let’s the user soar around the island, the Fiend Hunter Crossbow, and of course, the Pumpkin Rocket Launcher.
There’s also some new consumable items in the form of candy like Candy Corn and Jelly Beans, which will add health or shield, or perhaps give you some new powers to wield.
A major surprise though is the vaulting of the Charge Shotgun, which has been removed from the game for the foreseeable future.
Huge PC patch size
Those downloading on PC will notice that this week’s update is massive, coming in at 27GB, which is much larger than they typically tend to be.
This is good news for players though, as although this patch will take longer to download, it actually shaves 60GB off the entire file size of the game, improves loading performance, and will make for smaller update downloads in the future.
As always, Fortnite’s 14.40 patch also has some bug fixes that should improve quality of life for players, and address some of the frustrating glitches that can make the game frustrating to play.
These bug fixes have been taken from Epic Games’ official Trello board, and we’ll be sure to update this article with any more changes we discover.
- Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.
- Cozy Chomps and Ravage Outfits appearing as Ramirez.
- TWIP! Legacy not being awarded.
- Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
- Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.
- Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting.
- Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting.
- Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative.
- Vehicle buttons missing.
- Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch.
Fortnite v14.30 Update patch notes
Fortnite’s third major update of Season 4 has arrived in the form of the 14.30 patch, which brings a major Combat Shotgun buff to players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
Superheroes are the name of the game in Chapter 2 Season 4, as they take over the Fortnite island and prepare for a massive war with the evil Galactus, who’s coming to change the reality of the game forever.
With a battle on the horizon, Epic Games have decided to adjust the Combat Shotgun to give you a helping hand, while also introducing some new modes for fans to sink their teeth into.
Fortnite v14.30 patch notes
Loot Pool changes
The biggest news coming out of the October 13 patch is the adjustments Epic have made to the loot pool. The Combat Shotgun has been given a major tweak, which Epic hope will make it more useful throughout the rest of the season.
The developers confirmed that they had increased the range at which it deals damage, so hopefully players will be able to take down enemies at slightly longer distances, although Epic stated that they would be asking for feedback about the change.
Elsewhere, they’ve also announced that they are rotating in some new superpowers to keep things fresh, which will be available around the island.
Rally Royale LTM
Along with the buff, Epic have also dropped a new LTM for fans to sink their teeth into. Rally Royale is all about getting from Point A to Point B as fast as possible, though it won’t be easy.
In this mode, your task is to collect tickets before anyone else. If you’re first, a finish line will appear on the map, which you need to speed to if you want to be crowned as the winner. This LTM is expected to go live “later in the week,” Epic confirmed.
Marvel Knockout Super Series
Fortnite players can get their hands on the new Daredevil skin early by winning one of the Marvel Knockout Super Series tournaments that are included in v14.30. These elimination cups begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
There will be four total tournaments, with anyone who competes in all of them rewarded with an exclusive Nexus War glider.
As usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch will include fixes for many of these recurring problems, including a series of Party Royale glitches, and plenty more.
Here is the full list of bug changes set for v14.30:
- Audio of Last Forever Emote playing even with licensed audio muted.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- Grass is not removed when placing objects on the ground.
- Some players not granted items after first round in some team games.
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