Fortnite has disabled building in its default mode

Construction may seem like an essential part of Fortnite, as inseparable from their identity as cross-promotions, but it’s a turn off for many players. The skill gap between people who want to experience the popular battle royale while dressing up as Spider-Man, perhaps, and the more sweaty builders, able to instantly build towers and fortresses, might seem insurmountable. A “no construction mode” has been suggested many times, and as part of the Chapter 3 Season 2Fortnite has one – at least for now.

This being Fortnite, the removal of the building is explained in the last story trailer. Well, it’s sort of explained. Doctor Slone of the Order Imagined, who are the current baddies, uses a device to dematerialize all the buildings that Fortnite players are using as defenses, but there’s no time to explain why Doctor Strange immediately appears along with Iron Man and a half dozen other characters. Video games!

While players can still build on competitive and arena playlists, as well as teams, creative islands, and Save the World (you know, the original game), standard Fortnite has build turned off. To rebalance around the absence of instant wall building, players are given a shield on top of their regular shield and health, which will recover even if reduced to zero. Movement upgrades allow players to parkour more easily, rather than having to build their way around the island, with increased speed and the addition of mantling. Doors can now be opened without slowing down too, either by sliding into them or using a new shoulder hem.

As players will use vehicles to get around more, repair torches have been added to repair them, and vehicles can also be modified by playing on cow catchers. New weapons have been added, a Combat SMG and Attacker Blast Rival, and 10 of the weapons from Chapter 3 Season 1 return, along with several non-vault weapons.

The takeover of the island by the Imagined Order is represented by the occupation of points of interest, which will be defended by airships and artillery, and can be retaken in the name of the Resistance. How is Doctor Strange involved in all of this? He is one of the characters you can unlock with the Season 2 Chapter 3 Battle Pass after unlocking Tsuki 2.0, Gunnar, The Imagined, Kiara KO, The Origin, and Erisa. No, I don’t know who they are either. But later in the season you’ll be able to unlock Spider-Man’s villain, the Prowler, so that’s cool.

Removing a core element of Fortnite’s build might seem like it wouldn’t work, but obviously a lot of effort has gone into fine-tuning the gameplay around this. And Fortnite did very well events that remove the option to shoot people, and, of course, turning into a battle royale in the first place, so there’s certainly a precedent for a successful reinvention. If change is popular, and if the night queues everything it has so far, I could see this becoming a permanent optional mode.

Until April 3rd, all income from Fortnite is being donated to humanitarian aid help people affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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