Gaming in 2018 is going to be defined by arena brawlers like ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ and ‘PUBG’ and we couldn’t be more excited. Fortnite: Battle Royale made waves last year as a free-to-play game that offered fans the chance to get into a massive 100 person PVP matches from the comfort of their console or PC. Finding themselves a hit right off of the bat, the development team at Epic Games has been quick to strike while the iron is hot. Epic Games announced this week that they were making a few adjustments to the core gameplay in Battle Royale by addressing balancing issues derived from one of the most popular weapons int he game, the SMG.
Epic Games released their update online stating that the SMG would be pulled out of Battle Royale for the PC, XB1, and the PS4 at the time of this writing. While the move is ostensibly going to be a temporary one, it should put Battle Royale fanatics on notice — Epic Games is ready and willing to make changes to their title in response to fan outreach. Epic Games also released a few notes on other potential updates coming to the game, including a 60 FPS mode for high-end consoles.
Still, the biggest update from Fortnite will revolve around the SMG and how fans react to it no longer being in the game. The SMG is being sent away to Epic Games’ so-called ‘Vault’ and there it’ll sit while they continue to adjust the roster of available weapons. Epic Games said, through a rep on Reddit, “Expect more items to be released (and likewise vaulted!) in the future”. The representative went on to say that they’ll not hesitate to bring weapons that have been put into the vault back, but the timing has to be right in order for it to happen.
Finally, Epic Games also noted that they’ll be releasing a shortened game-mode known as ‘Blitz’ which features 50 v 50 gameplay.