ESTNN breaks down our Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 7 wishlist!
Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 6 debuted in March, offering players entirely new weapons and mechanics to learn. Additionally, Epic Games continued to flex its collaborative muscles, expanding its already impressive cast of characters, including Lara Croft, Raven, Deathstroke and more. After three months of “Primal” action, it’s time to turn the page to another season of the iconic Battle Royale title.
An extraterrestrial vibe has settled around Chapter 2 – Season 7, with much of the premature evidence pointing toward an alien theme. Apart from the rumored UFO abduction and unique alternative reality game (ARG), details are scarce. As millions of players prepare for the next installment, ESTNN has compiled a wish list for what we hope to see in the new season. Let’s highlight some features that Epic Games should consider in Fortnite’s newest season on June 8!
More Points of Interest, Perhaps Classics?
Fortnite Chapter 2 marked the first appearance of iconic points of interest (POIs) such as Misty Meadows, Catty Corner, Slurpy Swamp and Sweaty Sands. These four drop spots and some others have rightfully earned themselves a place in history. The problem thus far with Chapter 2 is two-fold; there are not enough named locations and the new ones generally are not very appealing.
Season X was the last of Chapter 1, and it featured countless POIs that were both unique and offered their unique incentive. Chapter 2 – Season 1 and beyond refined the map with each passing update, but the landscape remains essentially the same. It would be fun to see more classic locations such as Lazy Lagoon and The Block return. Reviving Chapter 1 locations would fulfill a nostalgic need and open the map up much more. Even throwing in The Grotto would be an exciting addition.
Expand Lobbies to 150 Players
Fortnite public matches are not what they were in the game’s prime. Nowadays, lobbies die out much quicker, making pubs less enjoyable than before. There is a solution that Epic could consider to reinvigorate casual game modes. Increasing lobby sizes to 150 players might do the trick. With only 100 people on the map, many die off the spawn and some are typically bots. That leaves only a handful of real players to fight.
Expanding the lobby size is not a newfound idea. In fact, several reputable content creators have suggested the same fix. It’s all on Epic Games to recognize and address the issue. We’ll have to see what the developers have to offer as we hope to see Fortnite return to the public match glory it once enjoyed.
Arena Mode Incentives per Division
Fortnite’s Arena Mode is the game’s ranked playlist, where players can progress through three divisions; Open, Contender and Champion. Those who achieve the Champion Division guarantee themselves a position in all subsequent tournaments that season.
Unfortunately, that is about all Arena Mode accomplishes nowadays. Most current Arena matches, regardless of the game type, functions similarly to public matches where players fall swiftly. Players typically cite a lack of incentive to try and play for late-game.
Epic could improve on Arena Mode’s current landscape to offer different in-game cosmetics per division like Rainbow Six: Siege. In that game, players progress through the many divisions to unlock a charm for their weapon. Something similar would be ideal in Fortnite, considering all of the cosmetic possibilities. Players would also take each match more seriously.
The Perfect Shotgun Meta
It’s challenging to argue that Fortnite’s foundational weapon is the shotgun. Most players settle their battles in a close-quarters combat situation, meaning that the perfect close-range weapons are imperative. The last few seasons of Fortnite have featured a wide range of shotguns. Season 5 introduced the new Lever Action and Dragon’s Breath Shotgun, which sat in the same loot pool with the returning Charge and Tactical versions.
Epic Games brought back the Pump Shotgun and added the Primal and Makeshift variants in Season 6. The perfect balance of Shotguns is crucial to any outstanding Fortnite season. A meta that features the Tactical, Pump and Charge would be ideal. That way, players have a range of options, each with its unique properties.
If there’s one thing Epic Games has delivered on over the last few seasons, it’s the many crossovers and collaborations. Since Chapter 2 – Season 4, players have had the opportunity to play as Marvel Comics characters such as Thor, Iron Man and Groot, movie characters like Predator, Alien and the Terminator, and video game icons Master Chief, Kratos and Lara Croft. What the developers are doing is nothing short of spectacular, and we are here for the experience.
Some other rumored collaborations are on the horizon, including potentially Samus, Lebron James, Loki and even more. The more inclusive Fortnite becomes, the more the game will grow into the most expansive universe in gaming history. Let’s keep that train rolling forward.
100% Chest Spawns
A particular euphoric sensation rushed through Fortnite players when Epic implemented 100% chest spawns in Chapter 2 – Season 1. One random element within the game evaporated as a result, and players could always find a chest. Unfortunately, that has since changed, and Epic Games never looked back. Many casual and competitive players agree that 100% chest spawns are better than the alternative.
The chest spawn rate currently sits between 50% and 70% in Chapter 2 – Season 6. It leaves a lot to chance as players descend on their chosen drop spot. Most Fortnite players would love to see 100% chest spawns return once again.
Like 100% chest spawns, patch notes are a no-brainer request. Epic Games abandoned actual patch notes well over a year ago and hasn’t looked back. Creator patch notes are an idea the company explored over the last few seasons, but those seem to have stopped. More recently, Epic began using @FortniteStatus to communicate changes. Perhaps patch notes ran their course, but fans and players would love to see them return.
What are you hoping to see in the new Fortnite season? Let us know on Twitter @ESTNN!