There may be many different strategies for the beginning and middle of each round of Fortnite, but the late game tends to boil down to the same question between the final players: Who is the better builder?
If you can control the movement of the other player with your skillful building, or just put yourself in an advantageous position, you’re likely to win the game. You’re also probably going to use shotguns or explosives to finish things off. That’s something Epic Games would like to change — it’s just not clear how the studio is going to do it.
“It’s important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don’t boil down to ‘just build lol,’” the Fortnite team wrote in a blog post today. “We strongly believe that the evolution of Fortnite supports a wide range of play styles and counterplay. 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.”
The team is also leaving the door open to resource caps and other changes that would impact the final minutes of each round. Epic recently nerfed shotguns, and the game’s latest patch further nerfs explosive weapons, after ammo was scaled back in a prior update.
“You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies,” the team wrote. “Shotguns should be strong, but other weapons have room to grow. Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off. We want to empower you to showcase your skill, strategy, and tactics in all variety of ways.”