Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.

Fortnite Battle Royale Patch v10.31 Analysis


Fortnite's Patch 10.31 is now live, but did it fix everything that the community was unhappy with? Let's find out.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Patch v10.31 is upon us. Epic Games has released several of these Wednesday morning patches throughout Season X, but the competitive community has not received these patches well. Even just last week, Patch v10.30 introduced two new Rift Zones that fans were not in favor of. Epic's latest patch actually addresses these issues and allows for some stability in terms of the endgame.

Fortnite Patch v10.31 Endgame Changes

Storm Circles will no longer end at the following locations (in core and Arena modes):

  • Moisty Palms
  • Greasy Grove
  • Tilted Town
  • Retail Row

This is not a small change for competitive Fortnite players. Storm circles ending in Rift Zones created an element of unpredictability that brings more randomness than skill to the game. One instance last weekend saw Team SoloMid player, Anthony “Zexrow” Colandro, as the last remaining for his trio in Moisty Palms. He attempted to navigate player-built structures but could not due to the Rift Zone ability which kept changing his character into a prop. Patch v10.31 will eliminate that from happening.

In addition to this, players no longer have to fear an endgame taking place in Tilted Town where players have found themselves unable to build. We have seen many situations where the final zone pulls players to Tilted Town and they have to hope to evade enemy players and survive for placement.

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A Greasy Grove endgame is also no longer an issue. The Taco Time feature within the Greasy Grove Rift Zone has been inconsistent in the past, and now players will rely only on their skill, materials and loadout to earn the Victory Royale. Overall, players of all skill levels will welcome this removal from Fortnite and it will make the final moments of competitive matches entertaining to watch and play.

Fortnite Patch 10.31 Bug Fixes

  • Resolved an issue in which Ziplines could give players an unintended effect.
    • Because this issue has been resolved, Ziplines have been re-enabled.
  • When a player is eliminated, their damage towards the Storm Surge threshold will no longer be removed from their remaining teammates’ total.”

Last, but not least, Epic Games implemented some notable bug fixes to Battle Royale. First and foremost is the readdition of Ziplines. With so few options for mobility, players needed a movement item they could get their hands on. The majority of players rely on hoverboards, shockwave grenades, launchpads and the few rifts that are available. Adding Ziplines back into Battle Royale will grant players the opportunity to rotate through those key areas without much issue.

Epic Games has also fixed a Storm Surge bug that affected competitive gameplay significantly. This feature within the game is polarizing, to say the least. It is often extremely inconsistent and can cause unwarranted eliminations in key moments. One of the primary issues is that players will be clearly inflicting damage, but the Storm Surge damage does not adjust accordingly. Professional players are hoping that Epic Games is addressing this issue in the Patch v10.31 notes. With a $10M USD tournament coming up this weekend, players will want a glitch-free game random occurrences do not plague their matches.

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Competitive Implications of Patch v10.31

Although it this new feature no effect on competitive play, Epic Games added a Party Hub for mobile users. Notes on this feature can be found here. Overall, this is not a significant patch by any means. It does, however, address some significant issues in regards to competitive play.

Fortnite Champion Series competitors will not have to fear a lack of mobility in Zipline accessible areas. On top of this, players will openly welcome Storm Circles not culminating in Rift Zones. It eliminates the randomness component that is often present in Fortnite Battle Royale. These changes are all in effect ahead of the Fortnite Champion Series Finals taking place from September 20th through the 23rd across all regions.

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