Fortnite: Epic Wants to Nerf the “Just Build Lol” Strategy

Epic is aware that shotguns and buildings rule Fortnite, and they're ready to change that.

Epic is concerned that Fortnite games are just boiling down to “just build lol,” and they’re prepared to make some pretty drastic changes to the game to do something about it. 

In a post on the Fortnite blog, Epic addressed some aspects of the Fortnite metagame that have become a bit of a running joke. Namely, the company echoed the concerns of many Fortnite players that most Fortnite games ultimately boil down to two players trying to build the biggest fort possible while exchanging shotgun and rocket blasts. In order to combat those repetitive strategies, Epic is considering a series of nerfs and even the possibility of reducing the impact of crafting. 

“Currently, the superiority of shotguns, rockets, and uncapped building are such a dominant play style in the final circle that most other strategies are being drowned out,” said Epic. “We have made a few changes recently — and will continue to make more — to give you options to counter other players in combat, especially in the late game. We are exploring changes to weapon balance and resource economy, like e.g. resource caps.”

Epic’s goal with these potential changes is to ensure players are able to “find Victory Royales through multiple strategies,” instead of just being the player who builds the biggest walls and has the most shotgun ammo. 

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The idea of resource caps in Fortnite sounds like an easy solution to the annoyance of watching players build a fort to the sky in order to win the majority of matches, but not every Fortnite player is thrilled by the idea. One of the elements that separate Fortnite from its battle royale competitors is its extensive crafting system and the metagame of trying to build as you shoot. A significant cap on available resources could hinder the impact of that genre innovation. 

Hopefully, Epic will reveal more information about their proposed changes soon.