It has finally happened. After being reasonably engaged with Fortnite since the day the Battle Royale mode was released, Fortnite has totally lost me.
My Fortnite experience begins back before Fortnite: Battle Royale was even considered by Epic Games. I became moderately interested when Fortnite: Save The World was released and played by a handful of my friends. I never got into Save The World, but when Fortnite: Battle Royale was released in September 2017, I installed on day one.
I've experienced most of the ups and downs of Fortnite firsthand. I remember the Guided Missile and having concerns about the introduction of Vending Machines. I remember the Jetpack. I was there when the Shopping Cart was first introduced and players (with good reason) began to worry about adding vehicles to Fortnite. I remember watching in bewilderment as C4 had to be disabled in an Epic-sanctioned tournament because it was crashing the game.
I've never been a super hardcore Fortnite fan. Most of my playtime was concentrated in Seasons 3, 4, and 5. I "mained" other games, but I would hop in for a few games of Fortnite weekly. I was always engaged with the game and updates to it.
In May 2019 I don't recognize the game that I was once so engaged with.
To say Fortnite has changed would be an understatement. The game has evolved with every season and every content update that has been delivered to the game. The amount of attention and content that Fortnite receives from Epic is kinda unprecedented.
Players of most other games would be thrilled to have their game updated as frequently as Fortnite is. However, the trade off of updating the game so frequently is that it is hard to maintain the same feeling and identity across a long period of time. Players who haven't played Fortnite since Season 3 would likely be confused and bewildered if they hopped into Fortnite Season 9.
Here's a list of items that have drastically changed the way Fortnite is played:
- X-4 Stormwing Planes
- All Terrain Karts
- Quad Launchers
- Mounted Turrets
- Boom Boxes
And who could forget the absolutely cursed Infinity Blade and how it ruined the $1 Million Fortnite Winter Skirmish?
Fortnite has had a lot of good updates. Fortnite has had a lot of bad updates. I believe that Fortnite's biggest crime are the updates and items that are just truly bizarre.
I hope Fortnite will one day return to a more simple time, but for now, it has totally lost me. I will give Epic some credit though - being able to dual-wield pickaxes in Season 9 is pretty cool.
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