We are now just days away from Fortnite’s biggest ever in-game event. On December 1st, players around the world will join the fight to protect the Island from Galactus.
While only time will tell what this epic war means for Season 5, there are a few changes that would be welcome regardless of the theme.
During Chapter 1, the regular addition of new and original loot, be it weapons, heals or utility, is part of what made Fortnite so exciting. Of course, it is an incredibly difficult task to consistently dream up concepts that are both fun and unique, but also balanced and not overpowered.
Back in October, dataminers discovered plans for a Slurp Bazooka and Fire Extinguisher in the game files. These items, as well as the previously leaked Dragon Shotgun could potentially arrive in the new season.
Here are some things that @intercelluar & i found until leaking is back to normal:— HYPEX (@HYPEX) October 22, 2020
- Epic are working on a Slurp Bazooka
- There's an unreleased "Fire Extinguisher" item
- We might get a "Snowman NPC" that grants you a quest,
it has conversations, can explode and/or spawn loot
When it comes to mobility items, we can usually expect a big switch up. Potentially Crash Pads, Shockwaves and even Bouncers could get the vault treatment. Plenty of fans would love to see Launch Pads and the Rift-to-Go return, but there is also a chance for something brand-new.
It has been a long time since we saw any revolutionary new settings added in Fortnite. Early examples such as the ability to automatically open doors and sort consumables to the right of your inventory may not sound anything crazy, but made gameplay feel significantly smoother.
In response to an upsurge in Reddit posts, Epic Games recently confirmed that they are actively working on an option to disable pre-edits. This has been a common request for years now and would be seen as a huge win for the community.
Controller players remain hopeful for a one-button reset, or reset on release mechanic to help them compete with scroll wheel reset. At the same time, their counterparts on keyboard and mouse still want access to separate building and editing sensitivity settings.
100% Chest Spawn
First introduced at the beginning of Fortnite Chapter 2, the 100% chest spawn rate was undoubtedly one of the most universally popular gameplay changes ever. However, at the beginning of the current season, Epic reduced this percentage.
With the Battle Royale genre already heavily influenced by RNG, the removal of guaranteed chest spawns only increases this problem.
In competitive modes, this makes it hard to plan a safe looting route, and almost forces you to land at a busy POI. From a more casual perspective, it can be extremely irritating to die off spawn because your building doesn’t have a single chest.
Updates to the map and Battle Pass themes will always get the most attention, but simple changes like these are underrated. Fingers crossed Epic will continue to listen to the community and try to implement some of these smaller improvements.