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?