Building is back in Fortnite

Two weeks after it was removed – or put another way, a fortnight after it was removed – construction is back Fortnite: Battle Royale. Play any of the regular modes and once again you’re susceptible to someone who’s mastered the editing tools instantly putting you in a box and then deleting a wall just long enough to shoot you in the face.

However, what is being called zero build mode remains in the menu as an option. “Play your way”, says the tweet announcing the new status quo. “Run, climb and smash your way to a Victory Royale whether you choose to build in Fortnite Battle Royale or not build in the new Fortnite Zero Build.”

The no-build version of Fortnite has been hidden inside the mega popular battle royale inside the Trojan of an update to Chapter 3, Season 2, part of the backstory involving an invasion of the island by the Reality Auditors of the Imagined Order. I’m not sure there’s a similar layer of story to accompany his return, as far as I know it will be explained in an upcoming spin-off comic with a team between Iron Man and Tiny Tina.

Morgan Park will be pleased to see the Zero Build mode remain, as he stopped playing Fortnite when, as he memorably put it, “The gunfights stopped looking like two people shooting guns and more like carpentry wizard duels competing to make the pile more garbage dump”. Fortnite is better without the fortshe wrote, while praising the new movement mechanics that appeared in the absence of construction magic.

“Players now run faster by default and can run in short bursts. I love Fortnite’s sprint, partly because the animation has a lot of personality and detail, but also because it greatly reduces the time I’m running across grass fields. Ditto. to the new slide and mantling abilities pulled straight from an FPS – navigating Fortnite’s colorful cities and hills is now easy and fun.”

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