Some Fortnite Team Rumble players have noticed a change to the mode that is making it far less entertaining for them.
Team Rumble has been a staple Fortnite game mode for a while – replacing the long-running 50v50 game mode.
This mode presents a welcome respite from the often-sweaty normal Fortnite matches. You can drop into Team Rumble, get God-tier loot, complete some challenges, and have fun.
Epic made some hugely beneficial changes to Team Rumble with Season 2. You now spawn with 450 materials, can only find rare or better weapons, and don’t have to deal with the Glider Re-Deploy item clogging your inventory.
These were all welcomed by the casual Fortnite community, but a recent update may have made things a bit worse for Team Rumble players.
It’s unclear whether or not this change was intended – such is the case when we don’t have any patch notes. Either way, some players are loading into Team Rumble halfway through a match.
Reddit user u/TheMightyWitcher posted a clip on the r/FortniteBR subreddit, showing himself load into a Team Rumble match that’s nearly halfway over. The player had no loot and, even worse, no materials with which he could defend himself.
Team Ruble offers the easiest way to bulk-complete your challenges. You can fly around and finish three or four of them in a match. When some people finish their challenges, they leave to start a fresh match.
This often leaves teams with 12 to 15 players by the end of a match – down from 20v20 at the beginning. Epic may have made this Team Rumble change to keep the lobbies full.
Other games, such as Call of Duty, use similar tactics to keep lobbies filled. This is a completely different situation than Fortnite, however.
In Call of Duty, there isn’t a massive disadvantage to loading into a game halfway through. In Fortnite, it means missing out on your preferred loadout.
What’s more, finishing the last half of a CoD match will guarantee that you get a full one next time. In Fortnite, you start a new lobby with new players each time. In theory, you could continuously load into halfway-finished Team Rumble matches.
Hopefully, this is only a bug or something that Epic is testing. If it becomes more widespread, it may backfire and push more people to quit their Team Rumble matches.