Fortnite star SypherPK explains how the game almost killed itself

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Fortnite star SypherPK explains how the game almost killed itself

In the five years it’s been out, there have been several times players thought Fortnite Battle Royale was going to die. However, there was an update that changed everything for the game. Without this update, the game would never have exploded like it did.

In a recent video, popular YouTuber SypherPK took a trip down memory lane and went over all of the most influential updates that have been added to the battle royale game. The list included events like Winterfest 2019, the Thanos LTM, the Marvel’s Avengers crossover, and the Vending Machines. Among all these major updates, there was one that changed the game forever.

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SypherPK believes it was the v1.6.3 update that saved Epic Games’ battle royale from an untimely death. The update had everything a newly released game needed to become popular. Sypher believes that the crucial update made the game “playable”.

“On September 26, 2017, Fortnite Battle Royale had just released a few weeks earlier and it got a bit of attention. Some streamers were playing it, but guys like Ninja were refraining from playing it. All Battle Royale streamers were still playing PUBG on at the time. Why didn’t Ninja and all the other streamers even want to try Fortnite?


The only update that saved Fortnite from dying

Epic Games recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the release of its Battle Royale game. Before Epic Games employees took a break, they released the v21.30 update. While some of these updates have only been bug fixes and cosmetic releases, there have been several updates that have changed the way the game is played.

Fortnite owes much of its success to the v1.6.3 update. This update was extremely crucial for a number of reasons and is exactly what the game needed to beat its competition. Before this, most gamers were hooked on Battle Royale games like PUBG and H1Z1. Clearly, the new game from Epic Games was met with stiff competition.

The reason many players didn’t want to play the game was its price of $25. When the Battle Royale mode was released, players had to purchase it along with Save The World. Coupled with the fact that in-game aiming and shooting was much more difficult than PUBG and H1Z1, many popular streamers and pro gamers stayed away.

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Fortunately, Epic Games recognized the flaws in their newly released game and soon implemented changes to improve it. The v1.6.3 update removed blooming when shooting and added more accuracy to weapons. Higher tier weapons would be more accurate than floor loot. The update also made Fortnite free to play worldwide and attracted many streamers and gamers.

SypherPK mentions some of the important changes introduced in patch 1.6.3:

“This is also when they added duos and squads. Before this update, you could only play solo. If that wasn’t enough, the nail in the coffin for the number one spot is that this was also the Fortnite Battle Royale update was free- play.”


How did patch 1.6.3 change the game forever?

Before officially moving over to Battle Royale from Epic Games, popular Twitch icon Ninja claimed that the game was thriving and needed an accuracy buff. So when the v1.6.3 update made shooting more accurate with ADS, recoil control, and crouching, all the big names wanted to try the game.

“This really made the game playable, and people like Ninja decided that this update meant they would give it a try and change history forever.”

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Clearly, SypherPK understands the exact reason Fortnite blew up and how the v1.6.3 update contributed to its rise. A free Battle Royale game with interesting graphics, great story and smooth gameplay definitely fascinated millions of players.


Edited by Siddharth Satish

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