At its peak, it is undeniable that Fortnite dominated the industry. Drawing and connecting audiences from all walks of life, whether it was casual players, content creators or competitive migrants looking for something new, 2017 and 2018 was a special time to play Epic Games' third-person battle royale.
Contrary to belief from many, Fortnite is not dead. In fact, it remains one of the most popular titles and continues to be nominated for several awards within the gaming industry.
However, we believe there are still several moves Epic Games should seriously consider to help bring back the allure and fun to Fortnite.
1. Add an FOV Slider
Apex Legends has had one. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War just dropped with one. With the next generation of consoles just arriving, this is the perfect time for Epic Games to give its diehard community a feature they've long desired.
2. Unlock 120 FPS Performance on Next-Gen Consoles
Speaking of next-gen consoles, with the supercomputer hardware that's been packed into the Xbox Series editions and the PlayStation 5, it's time to level the playing floor a bit between PC and console players. Fortnite should be able to be maintain 120 FPS at 1080p minimum. Additionally, allowing console players to have PC-esque control over their graphics settings (e.g. turn off shadows) would allow any player to compete no matter their platform of choice.
3. Remove Skill-based Matchmaking and Bots, Increase Lobby Sizes in Unranked Modes
In 2019, Epic Games decided to add skill-based matchmaking and bots to Fortnite's core public playlists. It's time to hit the undo button. Numerous content creators and much of the game's casual player base have since left because of this decision. Additionally, players run into bots and games where there are 15 players left after the first circle far too often in unranked modes. Increasing the lobby sizes could help in this regard.
4. Unveil New Items Weekly with Patch Notes
Epic Games should go back to their model just a couple of years ago—adding in new weapons and utility items weekly while being consistently transparent through detailed patch notes. Epic should also be more aggressive in switching up the loot pool in casual modes (bring back double pump), testing out new items there before adding them to Arena, as well as rotating vaulted items more often.
5. Add Chapter 1 Map to Rotation
From Tilted Towers to Fatal Fields, the OG map was iconic, and is something many would return to the game to experience again. Implementing an hourly map rotation as seen in Apex Legends would be awesome to see in Fortnite.