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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?

Challenges

Lazy Lake Floating Ring locations for Fortnite Week 3 challenges

How to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake for the Season 3 Week 3 challenges.

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The Fortnite Season 3 Week 3 challenges are here, which means we’re getting closer and closer to unlocking the second half of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Most of the challenges have been relatively easy this season, with only one weekly challenge requiring us to search in a particular area.

Last week we were looking around The Yacht. This week we’re venturing across the map over to Lazy Lake, where we’ll need to collect floating rings.

These four rings are scattered around Lazy Lake, making it difficult to complete this challenge in one shot – at least, if you’re doing it in a regular Battle Royale match.

As always, we recommend opting for Team Rumble. It makes things easier, and you may even be able to finish your eliminations challenge from last week if you haven’t already. Here’s a map of all of the Floating Ring locations at Lazy Lake:

The most obvious ring is located next to the gas station. You should be able to jump on an umbrella to grab it. After that, make your way to the intersection and look on top of the tree. The third ring is in the street at the entrance to Lazy, and the final ring is in between the towers of the No Sweat Insurance building.

Here’s a video from HarryNinetyFour that shows you exactly where you’ll need to visit.

You can take a look at the full list of challenges here, but the rest of them are easy enough to complete on your own. You may be sitting in the cornfield at Frenzy for a while, but that comes with the territory.

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Challenges

Lazy Lake fireworks location for Fortnite Captain America challenge

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When the Fortnite v13.20 patch released, Epic revealed that they’d be bringing a special hero to the Item Shop for the 4th of July. That hero was later revealed to be none other than Captain America – one of the core Avengers who we never saw during the initial Marvel crossover events.

Captain America is, reportedly, set to hit the Item Shop within the next rotation. He should be available when the Item Shop resets at 8 PM EST on July 2. We’re only hours away from having Cap in our locker, and he’ll probably be one of the most popular skins for the next week.

As you can see, there have already been plenty of official teasers for Captain America, but one of them went under the radar. When the Week 3 Challenges went live, Epic added a daily challenge that requires you to light fireworks around Lazy Lake. These fireworks explode to show the Captain America shield.

There are six firework locations surrounding this POI, but you only need five to complete the challenge. You can easily finish this challenge in a single game of Team Rumble once you know where to look. Here are all of the firework locations.

Fortnite Lazy Lake Fireworks

This challenge rewards players with 14,000 XP as it’s one of the golden daily challenges rather than a weekly challenge. That isn’t a ton of experience, but it’s a healthy reward for a challenge that will only take a few minuted to complete. Now, all that’s left is to see how the new Fortnite Captain America skin looks!

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Concepts

This concept brings grilling to Fortnite in time for summer

This thematic addition to Fortnite Season 3 is perfect for Summer Splash.

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Fortnite Season 3 has put a new emphasis on food. Vegetable boxes spawn all across the map while players farm for cabbage and corn as a new way to heal. Most players are fans of this change. The more healing items in the game, the better.

Why stop there? Why not allow us to cook our food for additional HP? Well, one Fortnite player made a concept that allows us to do just that. Reddit user u/MapleSmoothie created a Hot Dog concept. You can find them in fridges and eat them raw, or grill them for greater healing power.

Via: u/MapleSmoothie

This concept, as its creator points out, would be a perfect addition to the Summer Splash event. Grilling and summertime go hand in hand, and Epic even have an existing emote to correspond with the mechanic.

We don’t need to stop with hot dogs, either. Epic could allow us to grill corn and add other meats like burgers and sausages. Some of them could even grant shields, allowing you to carry some food versions of Minis and Big Pots.

It’s probably too late for Epic to add this to Season 3. There’s a chance that we could see it next year, however. Epic have always welcomed community concepts with game mechanics and skins. This one would be a small, yet thematic addition that could bring a new element into the game.

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