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