What the Fortnite Next-Gen Version Needs to Do
Epic Games has crafted one of the most beloved and popular games in the history of interactive video games with Fortnite battle royale. This game has swept the world and is available on just about every modern platform out there, and it will soon have a Fortnite next-gen version as well.
A Fortnite Next-Gen Version Is Coming
As of the time of writing this, Fortnite is the only mainstream, AAA battle royale game that we know of in the genre that has a confirmed next-generation version that is coming in the future. Sure, it is clear that Call of Duty Warzone and Apex Legends will be there, but no confirmation yet.
There have been teases for some games like Warzone, but Epic Games has stated that there would be an official Fortnite next-gen version. And this version will not just be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but it will likely be changing what we know about the game today.
There are things on the way like a Fortnite next-gen version that will be available, hopefully, near the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. There is even more than that on the way like the release of the Unreal Engine 5 that will permanently power battle royale, starting in 2021.
With all of this happening and more for Fortnite, the next generation of the game is already shaping up to be something notably different and new from what we know currently. These changes will likely come to the current platforms as well, but the new consoles will make it happen.
It Needs New Additions and Changes
With the release of the Fortnite next-gen version likely to come this year before getting changed up with the release of Unreal Engine 5 next year, there are some things that this new version must do. Though this game is still great, it is in sore need of some new additions and changes.
There are changes and additions that I have been advocating for, for quite some time now, but they have yet to happen in the game. When they wouldn’t happen yet, I would hope that this means that Epic Games is waiting for the PS5 and Xbox Series X to launch for this to happen.
Perhaps this is the case after all, but maybe it isn’t. Whatever the reason may be, the release of the next-generation version of the game is the perfect time to start out on a clean slate, do something amazing with the battle royale game, renew interest for the audience, and bring in new players, too.
So, the purpose of this blog post is to go over what I think the next-generation version of the game needs to have. Though we are still several months away from the release of Fortnite on PS5 and Xbox Series X, there is also time for Epic to implement some of these changes and additions as well.
Fortnite Next-Gen Version Needs Better Graphics and Performance
Kicking off this list is completely obvious, so I’m going to go ahead and get this out of the way. The next-gen version of Fortnite needs to have better graphics and performance; simple as that. The game has the chance to improve its look on PS5 and Xbox Series X with their launches.
The game must start to look much better on the next-gen consoles or else it will just begin to feel like an old game on a new system, which is not a good look. This can be as simple as adding elegant ray tracing, higher resolution support, and higher frame rate caps.
This is the most obvious point on this list and one that I don’t doubt that Epic Games will be able to nail, given the technical genius developer that it is. But it is worth mentioning as it is something that will make the next-gen version more palatable than the current ones we have.
Save the World Goes Free-to-Play
Moving away from the changes and additions we know will happen, here is something that I have been clamoring for: Save the World to go free-to-play. This isn’t something that I just made up in my head; this is something that Epic Games promised a long time ago.
Right around the launch of the original game, you had to pay for early access to Save the World, while battle royale was made free to everyone. Epic made it clear that once the game launched entirely out of the early access, Save the World would also be free to everyone on various platforms.
Several years have passed now and this has still yet to happen. If you want to play Save the World, you have to purchase the early access pass to enjoy this more PvE team-friendly game mode. It provides an experience that is much different than the competitive battle royale.
Sure, we have things like Party Royale and Creative mode now, but this does not make up for the lack of Save the World that isn’t available to everyone. Epic Games must know that we haven’t forgotten about this and there is no better time to release it for free than the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of Fortnite.
New Game Modes
This might seem like another obvious one, but there are new game modes that I would like to see in Fortnite at the launch of the next-gen version. When the next-gen version of the game launches alongside the shiny new consoles, Epic needs to give you a reason to play it.
There are new games available only on the next generation of systems, so why would you play an old game? If Epic Games offered something brand new at that time, it would be a great reason to jump back in and see what it is all about, especially since it costs nothing.
New game modes would be a great way to handle this launch as you would provide an incentive for players to check out something that is brand new for Fortnite. Of course, these new game modes would also be available on the existing platforms; it is the timing that is key to this.
I don’t have any specific ideas for what game modes I would like to see in the game at launch, but generally, anything that we haven’t seen before. Something like an infected game mode would be nice, as zombies are a thing in Fortnite. We also have modes like Team Rumble.
Put the two together. You can have a big team version of an infected game mode that would be an excellent addition to the battle royale game. That is just one example, though, as there are countless possible game modes that Epic could add.
Both Chapter Maps Available for Battle Royale
Here is a bit of a “dream come true” one but one that I want nonetheless: I want to see more than one battle royale map available. There are now two major battle royale games that have done this. It works well for them: Apex Legends and PUBG.
But Fortnite, a game that came out long before Apex Legends, hasn’t had two maps be available at the same time in battle royale. It did finally do something we all wanted, and that was give us a brand new island in chapter two, but now there is nostalgia for the original map.
It would be great to launch the next-gen version of Fortnite by making both maps available on the new versions and the existing ones. This would help to bring back those veteran players who miss the first 10 seasons of battle royale and give new players more content to play.
I think it would be good to have the ability to choose between the two maps when entering a normal battle royale match and then have the ranked version of the game exclusively be the chapter two map still. More options are always great. It gives players more reason to keep playing the game, as you have another map to play on if you get bored with one.
Launch Live Event
Just like I want to see new game modes at the launch of the Fortnite next-gen version, I want to see a live event at its launch as well. This could tie into the new game modes if Epic would want to, but I mostly mean not a crossover event, but a live entertainment event.
This could be like a concert like we have had in the past, a movie screening, some crazy live event to start a new season or end the previous one, and so on. This is to show off the capabilities of the new hardware compared to the older versions.
All platforms could have this event happen for them, but why would you want to watch it on your phone when you can enjoy it on the shiny new consoles that are more powerful and better-looking? This major live event could even show off what Epic Games has planned visually for Fortnite and would be a great way to usher in the next generation.
Fundamental Gameplay Changes
These next two points are a bit out there, but I don’t think they are too far-fetched. The first is to have some fundamentally groundbreaking gameplay changes with the release of the next-gen versions. Alternatively, this could happen when the game makes the switch to Unreal Engine 5.
Part of the problem with Fortnite that many players are beginning to have is the fact that the building and shooting gameplay is becoming rather stale for them. This is understandable since the battle royale game has been out for years now. It is a bit more of an acquired taste than its competitors.
At the same time, this also means that it is easier for it to get boring or repetitive, especially because if I’m honest with you, I’m not a fan of the building system. Still, I do appreciate the shooting and everything else. That said, I’m not asking for the removal of the building at all.
Instead, I would just like to see it revamped when the Unreal Engine 5 version of the game comes out. Make the controls and feel of building different, have it be more fluid but with different building options and layouts than we currently have.
Add in a fourth material if you want, let players create predetermined button presses for building something automatically that they wish to, and so on. There needs to be a fresh new start for the gameplay in Fortnite and this is the chance to do it.
Also, I would like to see other things like adding a first-person mode to Fortnite. This would make building in that mode difficult, so it would be fine to make this particular game mode a no-building one or something like that to make up the difference. Fortnite is beginning to feel dull for me and some other players so that gameplay changes could renew my interest.
Laying the Groundwork for Fortnite 2
Finally, this is the more pie-in-the-sky desire, but I will put it in here nonetheless. I would like to see Fortnite battle royale on next-gen begin to lay the groundwork and tease Fortnite 2, or whatever a presumed sequel would be called.
With the next-gen or Unreal Engine 5 version of the game, this would be the chance for Epic Games to show off some major changes and lay the foundation for what a sequel will radically do differently. Heck, it could even be the testing grounds for that sequel to learn from the first game’s mistakes.
What’s so weird about the battle royale genre is this idea of not having sequels yet. There is not a single major battle royale game in existence that has made a sequel and, no, Warzone doesn’t count as a sequel to Blackout, in my opinion.
It is high time for a battle royale sequel to happen and no better game to do it than the Fortnite phenomenon. The game will likely be around four years old by the time the Unreal Engine 5 version comes out, which is a long time in video game years. I know it would be tough for Epic to release a sequel unless it hires a whole other team of developers, but maybe that is already happening?