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The bright side of Epic’s lack of communication in Fortnite Chapter 2

Why isn’t Epic releasing the Fortnite patch notes? Why hasn’t the developer communicated with us? There has to be a reason and there has to be a benefit. We explore this question.

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Why isn’t Epic releasing the Fortnite patch notes? Why hasn’t the developer communicated with us? There has to be a reason and there has to be a benefit. We explore this question.

Here we are, five weeks into Fortnite Chapter 2 and not a single patch note to read. We in the community thought that Epic was treating Chapter 2 like a brand new game, which was the only reason there wouldn’t be any patch notes.

Five weeks and one new weapon later, though, and we still don’t know exactly what’s happening behind the scenes. Things like the coin-flip wall-retake – where players have a 50/50 shot of taking a wall – appear to be out of the game with no warning. Was this intended or just a bug? We have no way of knowing.

The real surprise was the lack of announcement surrounding the Harpoon Gun. We saw it leaked by data miners, but no announcement of when it was coming to the game or what it would do. There wasn’t even any downtime for the update to warn players that a new item was coming.

These and many other examples are the downsides of Epic’s lack of communication and Fortnite patch notes. There has to be a reason, though. Epic has to be thinking about us in some form or fashion.

Why, then, is the silence so stark for Fortnite Chapter 2? Why has one of the most player-friendly developers gone silent with the new season?

It can’t be as simple as preventing us from complaining, can it? Surely the complaints about the lack of communication are louder than anything else we could be complaining about. Did we really just beat Epic into the ground with Season X?

I don’t think so. I think that there has to be a deeper reason. Here are some of my leading theories.

Exploration and new discovery

Fortnite Chapter 2 opened the door to a whole new world – literally. We got a new map full of new locations and places to explore. Hell, even Jonesy got a rework for the new chapter.

If you’re someone who always read the patch notes, you likely have a friend or two who were always surprised when they encountered a new item or mechanic. “What’s that? Oh, wow, I didn’t know they added that!”

The lack of patch notes forced this experience on everyone. Some people might prefer to have everything spelled out, but Epic is making us discover everything for the first time, which can be nice.

Increasing engagement

As much as people – myself included – complain about the lack of communication and Fortnite patch notes from Epic, it could be driving up the engagement of the game.

You have to actually play the game or watch a stream if you want to know what’s going on. You can’t simply read a list of changes for a new patch every week.

Additionally, more people are talking about the game. The less information we have, the more things that will trickle out over time. It can sometimes take a few days or even a week for the community to notice a small change, which means people will be constantly talking about Fortnite.

Like it or not, the black hole worked. No one knew what was happening, and engagement went way up. Articles got more clicks than ever, Fortnite was trending on Twitter, and news organizations were running stories about how the biggest game in the world suddenly went dark.

Epic saw this and could be expanding the strategy of building the mystery.

Focusing on the fixes

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We’ve explored this reasoning behind the lack of patch notes in the past. Epic is focusing on fixing bugs rather than adding new items or balancing the game.

Fortnite might be more balanced today than it ever has been. There is still a spray meta and Grenades are incredibly dominant in squads, but it’s probably as close as we’re going to get to a 100% balanced Fortnite experience.

Epic could even make a small tweak to grenade rarity and/or stack size to limit the ‘nade spam – a change that wouldn’t really require patch notes to figure out.

Plot Development

This one is a bit of a stretch, but it has to be included. The black hole changed everything. The game went dark for two whole days – something no game has ever done before. Fortnite came back with a new map, new Battle Pass system, new default skin designs, new everything.

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Did Epic come back with a new mentality as well? Is the lack of patch notes somehow related to the story?

I don’t know how this would work, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Epic has clashed the Fortnite world and the real world in the past with Season 5 – even bringing some real-world elements into Fortnite and vice versa.

Could the patch notes be an extension of this? Only time will tell.

Let us know how you feel about the lack of communication in the comments. Do you miss the patch notes or like discovering new elements on your own?

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Fortnite brings back Port-A-Fort to the game in v21.20

Fortnite’s most ambitious device is back in the game and now works even in Zero Build. Here’s all about the return of Port-A-Fort

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Port-A-Fort has been in Fortnite since Chapter 1 and has been vaulted and unvaulted several times by the developers, depending upon the requirement of the item in-game. With the latest v21.20, the item is unvaulted once again for players to enjoy even in Zero Build to gain a massive gameplay advantage.

Fortnite consists of several items that the OG player base enjoyed back when the game was at its peak days. From Junk Rifts to Hoverboards, the community still misses those items from Chapter 1 and has been waiting ever since to be added back to the game.

While some items like Ballers, Traps, and Quadcrashers have returned to the game on a regular basis, items like Storm Flip, Junk Rifts, and Rocket Launchers have been left in the past. However, with the most recent v21.20 update, an item nobody expected to return was unvaulted and pros are loving it.

Port-A-Fort was unvaulted in a recent major Fortnite update where players who like to claim the high ground would once again be able to use it to their advantage. Not just that, the ones in Zero Build will also have an equal opportunity to experience the feel of the high ground as well.

Port-A-Fort gets unvaulted in Fortnite and Zero Build mode

A rather convenient device known for using “Zero Builds”, Port-A-Fort has been a favorite amongst the player base ever since Chapter 1 as sweats tend to use it to claim a high ground faster above their enemies and set traps for those who dare to enter their fort.

Moreover, the device helps players who are not good at building, gain a fair chance over those who are known for cranking speed 90s over their opponents and are quick with their edits. The return of Port-A-Fort was highly appreciated not just by new players but also by pros and veterans like SypherPK.

Sypher tweeted recently about how pleased he was with the unvaulting of Port-A-Fort and how it is a huge step for players who love to play Zero Build. Now they will have an equal opportunity to gain a high ground over their opponents and secure an easy Victory Royale.

However, in other news, the convenient item for builders is not available in competitive mode at the moment until further updates arrive. This might be due to several changes Epic is making with the competitive side of Fortnite which also might include the stability issues of the entire gameplay experience.

As players welcome back the classic Port-A-Fort back into the game, they seem unhappy about the addition of the new Charge SMG in the game. As far as SMGs go, this is not a favorable weapon to use when one engages in a sweaty situation while in a build fight or even in a fight inside your fort.

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Combat SMG removed from Fortnite in v21.20 and replaced with new Charge SMG

Epic Games have now replaced the Combat SMG with a new Charge SMG across all their game modes. Here’s all about the new weapon.

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Fortnite recently replaced one of its most used SMGs, the Combat SMG weapon with a more powerful Charge SMG in the latest v21.20 update. At a time when the SMG meta was going strong, this major move changed the opinions of the player base about the need for replacement.

The weapons meta in Fortnite Chapter 3 has evolved over time as players continue to discover new ways to use the overpowered weapons arsenal in their matches. With the disliking of Shotguns in this chapter, players have shifted their focus on choosing ARs and SMGs as preferred weapons in their loadout.

Back in Chapter 3 Season 1, players saw the potential in SMGs being overpowered in the game and developed a Pray and Spray meta to use them to lead themselves to a Victory Royale. The combination of an MK-Seven Assault Rifle and a Stinger SMG was mostly favored by the players as they went to combat against their opponents.

But with the launch of Chapter 3 Season 3, the Hammer Assault Rifle and Combat SMG were used in a similar fashion, although not as overpowering as its predecessor. However, in a recent update, Epic chose to replace the favored Combat SMG with a new Charge SMG that promises heavy damage and a stronger fire rate.

Charge SMG replaces Combat SMG in Fortnite v21.20

In a rather unexpected update, Fortnite chose to replace one of its most popular SMGs with a more powerful Charge SMG across all playlists. The weapon requires the player to hold down the fire button to charge the weapon similar to a Charge Shotgun and release a barrage of bullets upon their opponents.

The shorter the time the fire button is held, the smaller the duration of the fire barrage will be and vice versa. The weapon also has a cooldown rate similar to the Charge Shotgun which applies after a heavy fire barrage if the fire button is held down longer.

In addition to the update, Fortnite also tweeted that the Combat SMG has been removed from all playlists and has been vaulted indefinitely. However, the Charge SMG will not be available in the Competitive playlists until quite some time.

Looking at the above gameplay for the Charge SMG, pros and several players are already dissing the new weapon for its slower reload time and heavy recoil. The weapon takes too much time to charge the barrage and once released, cannot target an enemy faster than the Stinger SMG.

Pros like SypherPK, NickEh30, and TypicalGamer have all expressed their dislike of the weapon and would rather play with the Combat SMG than the new SMG added to the game. Apart from this major change, several map changes, unvaulting of Port-A-Fort, the addition of new movement mechanics in Save The World, and more were seen in the latest v21.20 update that the community sang praises of.

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Fortnite adds new movement mechanics to Save The World with v21.20 update

Finally Epic Games have added major updates to its PvE Save The World campaign with the latest v21.20 update. Here’s the latest on that.

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After a long time finally, Fortnite’s PvE campaign Save the World receives major updates with v21.20 and players cannot be happier. It has been almost a year since the game received an update with the latest game mechanics and things are looking good for the game mode more than ever.

Save The World campaign has been around in Fortnite ever since its initial days. Some OG players would say that the game mode itself was the actual Fortnite and still is due to its originality in the storyline and the classic graphics it boasts.

During Chapter 2 of the Battle Royale game mode, players slowly parted ways with Save The World, once it came out of Early Access and was accessible to anyone who bought a special cosmetic pack from the Item Shop. As a result, Epic also stopped updating the game mode with the latest mechanics and features and instead shifted its focus to Battle Royale.

But ever since the launch of Chapter 3, when Epic decided to add animals to the PvE campaign, players were hoping to finally get some latest Sprint, Mantle, and Crouch mechanics to the game mode soon enough. Looks like the day has finally arrived and Epic has indeed added some major updates to the game mode.

Epic adds new Movement Mechanics to Save The World in the latest update

Save The World game mode has just received a major update in the form of the latest movement mechanics as Sprinting, Sliding, Mantling, Crouching, and Shoulder Bashing Doors gets added to it. Now players can use the latest movement mechanics they have been using in Battle Royale game mode in Save The World and fight the Husk Monsters in their own unique way.

Fortnite also posted some clips on their official blog alongside the Homebase Status report v21.20 of how players can use the Ninja hero in their loadout and climb greater heights by combining the mantle feature with a double jump.

In addition to these features, Epic also added Fennix as the next hero to enter the PvE campaign and has given a dedicated questline called Flight of the Fennix to the character. Players can now jump in the game and complete quests linked to Fennix to acquire the hero in their loadout and use its ferocious powers to Save The World.

As Epic continues to improve the stability of its Battle Royale and Creative game modes, it is surely pleasing to see that finally Save The World is receiving a similar treatment with major changes being made to improve its gameplay experience. Nevertheless, the player base speculates in the coming days the PvE will also receive the popular Overshield feature as they experience in Zero Build as well as some new weapons added to their loadout.

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