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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

Credit: Epic Games

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?

Guides

Stats reveal the deadliest locations in Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite data miner, Lucas7Yoshi, has created a map of the most deadly locations in Fortnite Season 5. Here’s where to land or avoid.

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Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass

The Fortnite world is a deadly one. Take a look at some of the most dangerous locations on the entire map.

It’s no secret that Fortnite – and all battle royales, for that matter – have hot-spots for players to drop. If you want a fight, you’ll find one at Salty Towers in every game. If you want a more relaxed experience, Craggy Cliffs might be your speed.

Which are the deadliest places on the Fortnite map? Regular players know about some of them. It should be no secret that Salty Towers and Pleasant Park see a lot of action.

Data miner Lucas7Yoshi has been gathering all kinds of Fortnite data, lately. Most recently, he compiled a map of the most active locations in Season 5. As you can see, Salty Towers and Lazy Lake top the list.

The areas shrouded in blue aren’t completely inactive, but they show how much activity happens at the center of the map. If you want a safe drop, the northeast corner is probably your best bet.

From the map, you can see that the action isn’t isolated to the center. Sure, it’s the most active, but Holly Hedges, Sweaty Sands, Retail Row, and Slurpy Swamp almost always have a few deaths per match.

These locations are probably more bus path-dependent than Pleasant, Salty, and Lazy, but they still get a ton of attention. Stealthy Stronghold – likely bolstered by the addition of Predator – can also be seen on the map.

This map doesn’t give us too much new information, but it’s interesting to see how much activity takes place in different areas of the map. Even the no man’s land of the Zero Point has more deaths than places like Steamy Stacks – the safest named POI in Season 5.

We’re interested in learning more about Fortnite trends as Lucas7Yoshi continues his research. So far, he’s compiled data for the most popular cosmetics to go along with his new death map.

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Events

Fortnite Winter Trials event & rewards leaked

Epic Games quickly added and removed a webpage that revealed a new Fortnite event: Winter Trials. Here’s everything we know so far.

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Epic Games released a new website, announcing the Fortnite Winter Trials. They have since removed the site, leading fans to believe it was leaked early.

Most of the time, when we’re discussing Fortnite leaks, we’re talking about data miners finding files in the game that relate to certain events, skins, etc. In rare cases, Epic let something slip a bit early. That’s what we have here.

On January 25, Epic released the Fortnite Winter Trials webpage, showcasing free rewards, an influencer tournament, community voting on events, and more.

The website was quickly removed after it was added, but data miner Hypex was able to record some of the contents before it went down.

The details of the event are still limited, but it appears as though players will be earning badges for logging in, voting for challenges, and playing Fortnite.

Over the course of the rest of the season, your playtime and badges will reward you with free cosmetics. Most of them are hidden, but we know about a spray, emoticon, and weapon wrap from the images on the website.

Fortnite Winter Trials rewards

We should see an official announcement of the event soon. Since Epic were the ones who jumped the gun, we expect to see them announce the event as soon as tomorrow – if not later tonight.

We’ll update this post when we learn more about the event, along with additional details on how to earn free cosmetics. Stay tuned.

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Leak

Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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