‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ adds rotating alternative game modes

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Epic Games’ first-person shooter (FPS) “Fortnite: Battle Royale” has announced that it will be introducing some new updates designed to mix things up, including more limited-time modes that offer players more varied gameplay experience.

Instead of the titular last-man-standing format, wherein all 100 players in the game compete against each other to become the sole survivor, “Fortnite: Battle Royale” introduced some new twists to the game last year with a new limited time mode (LTM).

The mode, which is a 50-versus-50 setting, took the traditional team-based battle to a whole new level by dividing the game’s 100 players into two massive teams. Team members need to work together in order to beat the opposing team in a large-scale battle.

The alternative mode was released on Dec. 8 and ran until Dec. 17. Because of positive reception to the mode, it was brought back for the holidays. The fans’ positive reaction to the alternative mode also prompted game developer Epic games to create more modes like it and release them in a rotating pattern.

“We’ve been using multiple data points (including your feedback) to iterate our existing LTM’s and to build brand new LTM’s,” said Epic in a blog post. “We are planning to quickly spin up a dozen or so LTMs, some of [which] may be more straightforward (e.g. along the lines of Sniper Shootout, Sneaky Silencer etc.)

The addition of more limited time events will also allow “Fortnite: Battle Royale” to differentiate itself from the host of Battle Royale-style FPS games that have been introduced in the wake of the genre’s growing popularity. With these limited-time events, “Fortnite” will also be able to leverage its built-in world building mechanics and its third-person gameplay.

Aside from rotating game modes, the game will also begin rotating guns and other equipment. The first gun to be removed from the game is the sub-machine gun.

“As we add more weapons, consumables, and other item types, we want to make sure that the balance of itemization isn’t ruined,” said Epic Games. “Expect more items to be released (and likewise vaulted!) in the future. And of course, items will often come back out of the Vault when the timing is right.”