Fortnite developer, Epic Games, has revealed that the upcoming free-to-play shooter, currently in paid early access, will no longer be getting a Public Test Realm. Instead a limited time Shooting Model Test will be held.
Over on the Fortnite forums, the developer wrote that plans to publicly test a new shooting model would no longer come in 2017. Instead, the developer plans to host a “Limited Time Mode” in which players can test this new model.
“Our plans have changed a bit,” the developer wrote. “We won’t be testing this publicly in 2017, and are planning for early 2018. Our initial plan was to offer an opt-in PTR (Public Test Realm) where players can test out the new shooting model, but we’ve decided to feature the new shooting model as a Limited Time Mode. This change gives us a bit more time to tune and refine the feature and allows console players to participate.”
The announcement to overhaul the game’s shooting model was revealed in the developers “State of Development” blog. This new model will remove random bullet spread while aiming down sights, however more details on how it’ll change from the current model are still under wraps.
The decision to overhaul the shooting model is a welcomed one, as many players’ main complaints, specifically in the Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode, is around the way the game handles shooting. Many players have pointed out several scenarios which shouldn’t be possible, such as Assault Rifles being overpowered by Shotguns, and players being able to snipe from behind cover with nothing more than a forehead showing.
Fortnite is currently hosting a winter-themed event which will introduce new characters and missions in the game’s Save the World PvE campaign. New weapons will also be coming to both Save the World and Battle Royale as well as winter-themed maps.