Fortnite coming up on PUBG with 7 million players
Despite Bluehole looking to take action against Fortnite, Epic’s battle royale doesn’t seem to be slowing down. As promised, Epic has updated the game to bring back supply drops and activate “Duos”.
Epic went to Twitter to make the announcement today. They didn’t note if that was concurrent or total players, but it’s nonetheless impressive. It makes sense that PUBG would be scared, considering that Fortnite is free to play and available across all platforms.
Thanks to over 7 million of you who have played Fortnite! We want to keep the Battle Bus flying, so Duos and Supply Drops are available NOW. pic.twitter.com/sRx767u4aG
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 4, 2017
The new update activates “Duos”, where two players can team up in most regions. Supply drops have been reactivated as well. Here are some things Epic is looking to change in the game in coming weeks.
- Some weapons don’t quite live up to their expectations. The biggest culprits are the Assault Rifles and the SMGs which were recently adjusted. We’ll continue to evaluate and there may be more incremental improvements, not radical adjustments.
- It can be unclear what improves accuracy. Standing still, crouching, and aiming (instead of hip-firing) all have some form of impact on accuracy. We’ll look into ways to improve usability on the reticle, including improved readability of your accuracy cone.
- We’ll be running prototypes using more recoil and reducing accuracy penalties. The idea behind this is that the first shot will have higher accuracy (but again, not perfect) and then subsequent shots will require slightly more skill. These will be incremental adjustments until we find the sweet spot.
- Lastly, enabling projectiles for all weapons (not just the Sniper Rifle) is something we’d like to explore. Doing this would allow for tighter accuracy overall. We’ve run prototypes internally and it shows promise, but there are challenges preventing us from turning it on. Once those are sorted out, we’ll consider running a broader test.
“Our goal is to provide a competitive experience without losing our unique playstyle and crazy over-the-top moments that Fortnite Battle Royale brings to the table,” the studio wrote. “We look forward to your help as we continue to hone the experience.”
We’ve been saying that PUBG may be a little too complacent for months.