By Seth Cano | Editor in Chief
Every year brings a holiday season, and during that time video games are on most teenagers’ wish lists for the holidays. There are quite a few popular games coming out this fall, and as a result, Epic Games will need to step up their game to keep an edge in the competition.
While there are teens who play Fortnite casually, some teenagers invest a lot more of their time into it.
As a player spends more time playing the same game, it can become dull.
In order to prevent games from becoming dull, game developers have started supporting their games post-launch.
Epic Games is a perfect example of this as they continue to support Fortnite through a seasonal update/battle pass system.
With games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Pokémon Lets Go! coming out, it will detract if there is not a big addition to Fortnite.
Fortnite is challenged by games like Call Of Duty, which added a battle royale mode just like Fortnite.
Some of the most requested features for Fortnite: Battle Royale right now are weapon skin customization, custom battle buses, skin customization, a Snowy Map Point of Interest, vehicles, and more maps. If any of these features were implemented into the game, Fortnite could have a chance of staying in the competition.
Eric Aaberg, Pearce graduate and founder of the Fortnite Club at Pearce, thinks Epic Games can easily compete with other games this holiday season.
“Fortnite has changed the entire video game industry by offering free core content with optional cosmetics. It is for sure going to excel greatly this next season if they can nail a good theme,” Eric said.
Eric wants to see more map dynamics added to Fortnite: Battle Royale.
“Games like Call Of Duty, Minecraft and Battlefield have many interactive features on their maps to change up the gameplay. Implementing things like this would suit it well. In Save the World, sometimes the weather can change in a game and affect gameplay. Similar features would be great,” Eric added.
Fortnite will remain Eric’s favorite battle royale game this fall.
“Fortnite has been a classic for me in the battle royale / PVP game genre, other than the traditional DayZ and Minecraft: Hunger Games. I think the graphics and concept lore behind it are fantastic, and Epic Games are nailing it. I don’t see this game dying down anytime in the near future,” Eric said.
Sophomore Jake Ishak thinks that Fortnite can definitely compete with other games this holiday season and will remain a top title for at least another year.
“Fortnite will remain my favorite battle royale game this fall because it has totally different gameplay. It is not just a point-and-shoot game. It takes some skill,” Jake said.
Jake would like to see more new areas on the map and even a new map added to the game.
“I’d also like weapon skins,” Jake said.
The theme of each of the following seasons will play an essential role in deciding the future of Fortnite. If Epic Games continues to listen to community feedback it is certain that this game will have a strong future.
Fortnite offers a unique atmosphere that will be hard to replicate.