'Fortnite' Balance Changes Coming Soon: Diversifying Play Styles With Fewer Shotguns

"Fortnite" will see major balance changes in the next few weeks to diversify strategic options for players, including a possible nerf of the shotgun.

Fortnite is currently stuck in a very build-centric meta. If you manage to make it into the center of the storm with just a few survivors, the only real way to win is to equip a shotgun or rocket launcher and build upwards. It's created a stale end-game, where only master builders thrive. Epic Games wants to shake things up and give players who might not be Bob the Builder a way to see that Victory Royale screen.

In a blog post on the Epic Games website, the Fortnite team talked about upcoming balance changes. "We strongly believe that the evolution of Fortnite supports a wide range of play styles and counterplay," the team wrote. "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."

Over the next few weeks, balance changes will roll out to give variety to player skirmishes. Shotguns, the best current weapon for duels, will need to take a back seat for other weapons to have "room to grow." It's unclear if that means they are going to buff low-tier drops, like pistols or crossbows, or merely nerf the shotgun. The double-pump strategy, switching between two double-pump shotguns quickly so you can fire two shots in quick succession, is still a major part of any good player's arsenal. The strategy has been removed, but has been brought back in recent patches.

Fortnite's building sets it apart from other battle royales. Outmaneuvering opponents in a high-pressure fight is one of the reasons the game has become so popular. It's also become a cornerstone of gameplay, meaning players lacking on-the-fly building skills will surely fail. Epic wants to allow for other viable strategies, though it's unclear what that actually means. "Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off," the post said.

The evolving nature of online games forces developers to constantly think of new ways to reinvent their formula. Players love to fight with goofy weapons like the Sticky Bomb or Boogie Bomb, but can't compete with the pure damage output of the double-pump strategy. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, balance changes targeting the OP strategies will allow a new level of strategy to flourish.