Fortnite Battle Royale Q&A Includes Details on Upcoming New Features

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Epic Games’ free-to-play PvP title, Fortnite Battle Royale, went live this week on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

With the game having just released in early access, I’m sure you’ve got plenty of questions you’d like answers to. Happily, the developers have put together a Q&A, which will hopefully iron out those all important queries you may have, including if the game will be “play to win” and if they have any plans to implement vehicles.

Without further ado, here’s the full Q&A:

GENERAL BATTLE ROYALE QUESTIONS

Where can I download Battle Royale?
You can download in the following places:
PC/Mac – Fortnite.com
Xbox – Xbox Marketplace
PlayStation – PlayStation Store

Do I need Xbox Live Gold to play Fortnite Battle Royale?
Yes. You do need Xbox Live Gold in order to play Fortnite Battle Royale on Xbox.

Do I need PlayStation Plus to play Fortnite Battle Royale?
No. You do not need PS Plus in order to play Fortnite Battle Royale on PlayStation.

How are you addressing weapon bloom and accuracy?
We want to improve the overall weapon and combat feel as we move forward. Here are some of our most recent discussions regarding weapon accuracy and combat feel. We’ll include more information in the coming week:

State of Development
Development Priorities

Improving the weapon feel will be an ongoing process and we’ll continue to iterate to make the weapons feel right for the Fortnite Battle Royale universe.

Is Fortnite Battle Royale Cross-Play?
No. There is no cross-play in Fortnite Battle Royale. There is cross-progression between PC and PS4.

You’ll need to link your Epic Games ID to your PS4 account in order to enable cross-progression.

How will you handle teamers in solo play?
We’ve built a system to automatically and swiftly ban teamers in solo play.

How are you handling cheaters (aimbots, overlays, etc)?
We take cheating very seriously on both a legal and game development front. We don’t want to tip our hand by talking in-depth about how we combat cheating.

Cheaters are permanently banned across all Epic products.

I would like to report a player, where can I do so?
Please send all player reports to our Player Support team.

I’m having a game issue, who can I contact?
We encourage reaching out to our support team, contact Player Support.

BATTLE ROYALE NEW FEATURES

Will you add Voice Chat?
Voice chat is on our priority list and is a must-have feature before we consider squads done.

As a substitute, we currently recommend using Discord on PC and inviting players to private chat channels on PlayStation 4 or Xbox.

When are you going to introduce character customization?
The custom glider skins are the first example of our effort to introduce custom cosmetics, others to follow soon.

Will you introduce new weapons to Battle Royale?
Yes. We have a large arsenal of weapons to choose from in the Fortnite universe. We’ll have to see what makes the most sense when transferring them over to Battle Royale.

Will you add the ability to switch camera positioning from left-shoulder to right shoulder in third-person view?
We are aware that it’s a top concern. We are investigating how it would function inside of Fortnite.

Will you add a first-person option?
No. We’re not planning to add a first-person option. We don’t feel it fits with the design style of Fortnite. We may revisit in the future.

Will cosmetics be free?
Some cosmetics will be free, some will be be earned and some you may need to purchase.

Will there be Leaderboards and Stats?
Yes. We will have Leaderboards and Rankings. Regarding stats, we’re already recording a lot of player data and hope to have it visible in game soon.

I want to drive around. Where are the vehicles?
Right now we do not have any immediate plans to add vehicles. We’ve done some very early prototypes internally, but have concerns with how they’ll affect the flow of Battle Royale. We’ll let you know our plans when we have a better understanding of their impact.

Will you add more maps?
Yes, but not right away. We’ll also be looking into improving our current map, including adding more points of interest.

What else are you working to immediately improve or add?
We’re working to improve the feel of combat, controls, weapons, and movement. We’re also working to streamline inventory management, decrease time spent waiting in the lobby, and improve bus timing (so choosing when to jump has more strategy)

Find out more information on what’s coming here.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why did Epic make only Battle Royale free? When will the whole game be free?
We still have a lot of features to add before the PvE campaign is complete. We will launch the Save the World PvE campaign for free in 2018.

Now that Battle Royale is free, does that mean that PvP development is complete?
No. Fortnite is still in development and we will continue to improve and expand both the PvE and PvP game modes.

Does Battle Royale mean that Fortnite is abandoning PvE? 
No. The team has big plans and is continuing to add features and develop new modes to play, including the previously announced “Block Party” mode. Stay tuned for some spooky details on our October updates soon.

Will my progress in Fortnite PvE campaign transfer over into Battle Royale?
For now, PvE and PvP are not connected and we don’t know if Battle Royale will eventually connect to the Fortnite Campaign. We are considering cosmetic connections between PvE and PvP and compendium-like content, but we’re still figuring it out. Let us know what you think would be cool.

Will Fortnite Battle Royale be pay-to-win?
No. We will not sell items that give a competitive advantage. At some point in the future we will sell other things including cosmetics or compendium-like content.

Will you be kicking up a storm in Fortnite Battle Royale? Let us know below.

Soruce: Epic Games

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