Epic unveils roadmap for near future of Fortnite

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Epic Games has released details of improvements it plans to bring to its hugely popular Battle Royale game Fortnite in the next few months.

In an update on its website, the company goes into considerable detail about what Fortnite players can look forward to. There are several areas in which it is looking to improve the game.

The first one it addresses is recent server instability: “We were not able to stay ahead of our continued growth and multiple of our backend services have been struggling under load the last several weeks. And we also shipped v2.3.0 with significant bugs. We don’t consider either acceptable. We have changed our release plans and processes to help improve quality of client builds, and scrambled people to make traction on backend scalability by any means possible.”

Other highlights include reducing load times, adding a 60fps mode for consoles, improving matchmaking, adding parts to allow greater Glider customisability, and improving Fortnite’s social elements: “Many of you love playing Fortnite with friends. We take that to heart so we’ve been in the lab cooking up ways to improve that. In the short term we’ll enhance your abilities to find and play with your friends. Long term we plan to rework the social architecture and all social features within Fortnite (i.e. chat and friends list).” First up, Epic will add the ability to invite Facebook friends to play Fortnite.

Gameplay-wise, Epic Games says: “We’re continuing to prototype new weapons and consumables, and will roll them out as they’re ready. Additionally, we’re looking to add different types of items down the road (beyond just weapons and consumables) that will allow for exciting new ways to play. Next week we’ll be putting our first weapon (SMG) into the Vault. These weapons may or may not return and this allows us to manage the weapon pool as we introduce newer weapons.”

The company also says it is working on new limited time modes (LTMs) for the game. As soon as a precise picture of which enhancements are going live on specific dates emerges, we’ll let you now.