It’s been two years* since Epic added Battle Royal to Fortnite, and in all that time they never really messed with the matchmaking system.
That’s about to change.
Epic has announced that, in order to better deal with the variety of player skills in Fortnite, the Battle Royal matchmaking system will get an overhaul. In the simplest terms, crummy players like me will be corralled to our own games so that we can maybe get better instead of just being easy kills for the kids who have turned Fortnite into one of the biggest games around. At the same time, those super-skilled players will find themselves playing against equally skilled players, so that will help them get even better!
In the same announcement, Epic also introduced the addition of bots to Fortnite. The bots, which will be added next season, will behave like normal players and if it works how the dev hopes, they will help provide a better path for players to grow in skill. The bots will work in tandem with the new matchmaking system, and as you get better at the game, you’ll face off against fewer and fewer bots. Bots will not be present in Competitive playlists.
Overall, these sound like good changes to Fortnite, but it will all depend on how they are rolled out. Getting AI bots to behave like normal players is a big task in a game like this, where players act in a million different ways (personally, I like to hide and see how far I can go without getting into a fight). We’ll all be interested to see how this plays out.
*My goodness… how has it only been two years of Fortnite? Time is weird, huh?
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