Fortnite is without a doubt one of the hottest online games out there right now, and it seems that its popularity only continues to grow. And based on a recent interview, Epic may have big plans in store to bring even more people to the fight in Battle Royale.
Speaking with Official PlayStation Magazine, Epic’s Fornite design lead Eric Williamson was interviewed for this May’s issue of the magazine and he teased that the current 100 player cap for Battle Royale might be increased at some point.
“One of the things we’ve been talking about is, ‘does it make sense to ever consider more than a hundred players?’ I think there’s a lot of technological considerations for something like that. I mean, personally, I would love to try it. I don’t see it in our near future but, hey, why not?”
Similar battle royale-type games, such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also feature a 100-player cap. The fact that Epic seems willing to play around with this cap at some point is intriguing and demonstrates the developer’s commitment to keeping Fortnite fresh and exciting for its massive player base.
In the interview, Williamson also said the development team had a discussion on how they could more closely integrate the PvP and PvE modes. This is a tricky challenge for Fortnite especially because the game’s PvE mode (Save the World) is based on classes, while Battle Royale is not.
“We’ve talked about how things could more closely integrate. It’s a tough problem to solve because they’re different paces of game. Battle Royale is a 15-20 minute digestible experience whereas Save the World is an RPG with progressive elements. It’s not something that is easy to map from one to the other. Certainly we would love to try and be in that sort of space, but there’s a lot of problems trying to get there. Each class has different collision ‘volumes’ on the different characters. If we were to put those classes into Battle Royale everyone would gravitate towards the one that has the smallest ‘hitbox’.”
This is a complex issue that concerns players that paid money for Fortnite in order to play the game’s Save the World mode, instead of just playing the free Battle Royale mode. Some fans on the Fortnite forums have expressed their frustration with what seems to be the developer’s lack of attention to Save the World. Perhaps if Epic does find a way to integrate the two modes, it will be a way for the developer to meet players in the middle.
In the interview, Williamson also discussed the benefits of limited time modes and how they allow Epic to experiment with the game.
“Those are really fun palate cleansers. They allow us to do things we couldn’t do in the core game. They give us the opportunity to break the game and tip everything on its head. Turn things around and try different stuff.”
One such mode may sound familiar to Call of Duty fans: Gun Game. A Reddit user suggested adding this game mode to Fortnite and many fans liked the idea of adding it as a limited time mode. One of the game’s devs even chimed in on Reddit, saying it’s “totally on the list to try a progressive weapon load out LTM at some point.”
Epic’s willingness to experiment with Limited Time Modes could be the secret to success with increasing the 100-player cap. Perhaps the developer could start with an LTM that features a player increase to Battle Royale and see where it can go from there.
Fortnite is available now in early access for iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: PlayStation Official Magazine