Fortnite’s Zero Build mode is here to stay… but for how long?

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Ever since the debut of Fortnite’s Battle Royale, it’s been defined by the ability of players to quickly construct fortresses to provide protective cover and maze-like obstacles during battle, but last week Epic Games took all of that away. With the launch of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, they disabled building as a limited time event. It’s proven to be popular enough that it now has pride of place on the main menu, the no building mode now branded as Zero Build, and remains the only mode in the game.

Zero Build is… well it’s Fortnite without its most distinctive element in the pantheon of battle royale games. However, because the dynamics of battle have changed, Epic has also added a few specific perks for players to adjust. All players now have the recharging Overshield to soak up the first chip damage from combat, while you can zip up Ascenders in order to access Blimps, and there’s the Mantling ability to clamber up to high ground, now that you can’t make an impromptu ramp.

What’s not clear is how long all of this will last. The fact that Epic has branded the no building version of battle royale suggests that Fortnite’s regular take on the last-player-standing mode will eventually return. There’s obviously an awful lot of players that have invested a lot of time and effort in mastering the very particular skills needed to be able to spaff out a defensive mansion in 5 seconds flat, and that is also one of the key selling points of the game. On the other hand, for anyone that hasn’t mastered more than occasionally making some stairs to get to high ground, it’s a massive barrier to success compared to PUBG, Apex Legends and other games in the genre.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

We’ll also have to wait and see just how far Epic’s fundraising for humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine is able to go. From 20th March, Epic committed to donating all Fortnite proceeds for the following – heh – fortnight to support Direct Relief, UNICEF, UN World Food Programme, The UN Refugee Agency and World Central Kitchen in their efforts. This commitment was also joined by Xbox.

As of March 29th, Epic has raised $100 million, with the charitable period continuing until 3rd April. If you’re going to spend money in Fortnite, then now is the time to do it.

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