Fortnite Battle Royale: Epic Games continues to nerf building

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Fortnite is getting dangerously close to taking building out of the game and it’s probably the only thing they are doing wrong at the moment.

Closing the skill gap between players seems to be a priority for Epic Games and they are doing so by adding weapons that promote spraying (having bad aim) and by taking away the strength of building materials.

In the most recent v5.1 patch, both the wood and brick materials were nerfed. Steel was strengthened, but the time it takes to put it up was adjusted to be longer to offset the durability increase.

Here are the HP drops for each material:

Wood starting health: Down to 80 from 100
Brick starting health: Down to 80 from 90
Wood max health: Down to 150 from 200
Steel max health: Up to 500 from 400
Steel build time: Up to 25s from 20s

It’s apparent that these recent changes are being done to promote more action and different strategies. The fear is that Epic will go too far and nerf building to a point where it is no longer a viable strategy.

The game has also changed the age-old strategy of finding high ground and camping at the end of games. With the new moving storm circle, players are forced into the open, at least for a small time before the storm sets again and a building can be placed.

Regardless of how fast a player can build, there’s no way anyone is ending the game with the massive structures we used to see. While this can be viewed as a positive, some of the more seasoned builders are upset.

In the battle royale world, Fortnite’s building is what does and will always set it apart from any other game. It’s unique and adds an aspect to the game that makes it more than the other games in this genre. Let’s hope it stays this way.

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