Update Fortnite is a constant balancing act between giving players something new and keeping all the features they love. Unfortunately, the evolution of Epic Games seems to have a special change in Fortnite patch v8.20 has missed that mark for many of the community. In the few days since launch, some of the game's highest profile players launched how much they do not like plasters and the fact that they want Epic to reverse the changes.
The change gave players 50 effective health after each elimination and made enemies lose 50 of each material when eliminated. The change also removed 500 cap on all resources, and 40 percent increase in collection rate.
While this feature has been part of Fortnite's Pop-Up Cups since they debuted last year, the introduction to standard game mode occurred in patch v7.40. Despite only being in the better part of a month, this change was welcomed positively by society, while some said it was one of their favorite changes Epic made. When Epic announced it had done away with these changes, society quickly entered a frenzy.
After the update went live on March 27, the negative response was almost immediate. On the same day, the patch came out Ninja, one of Fortnite's most popular streamers, cut out a moment of power to make a video of how much he did not like this particular part of patch v8.20, and he has not stopped tweeting about it since .
Epic may have predicted some of this answer as it also released the game's new Arena mode while these changes came to standard mode. In Arena mode, all changes in health and material still exist in their V-20.20 mode, but this feature has skill-based matchmaking. As players go higher in fashion, they can end up waiting for longer and longer queues, some of which take almost 40 minutes. Fashion also has only Solo and Duo queues, which makes it impossible for squads to enjoy the old settings.
Content creators and streamers are not the only ones complaining about the changes that leave standard game mode. A quick stroll through Twitter mentions any tweet from Epic's official Fortnite account revealing that the rest of Twitter is not happier about the update. Even Zlatan Ibrahimović, one of the most famous football players in the world, has taken to Twitter in the hope that Epic will reverse the change .
As for an answer to these complaints, Epic has been almost completely silent. The one brief explanation Epic has offered came with v8.20 official patch notes: "We feel [the change] has resulted in an unhealthy level of aggressive play, which reduces other viable strategies." It seems that these changes were made as a result of Epic's own best guess as to what society wanted rather than what was actually best, meaning a future return is still possible.
Epic has made unpopular choices in patches in the past. It is bound to happen when they solve one every week. But the developer is usually quick to respond to fan criticism, either by reversing the changes it has made, or at least by letting society know what it is thinking. And Epic's uncharacteristic silence over the past week has only raised fans' concerns.