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Next Fortnite update to improve matchmaking, next season brings bots

Published: 01:20, 24 September 2019
Updated: 03:41, 24 September 2019
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Epic Games have announced that as of update v10.40, Fortnite will be getting improved, skill-based matchmaking, which should result in fairer matches. Additionally, the company revealed that they're planning to add bots next season.

To say that Fortnite has grown is a severe understatement however you put it but, admittedly, the matchmaking strategy has stayed the same since the game launched. This, of course, doesn't include Arena, which relies on Hype-based matchmaking, but the core modes are still as they were.

That, however, is set to change as of the upcoming v10.40 update, when Epic will be rolling out improved matchmaking logic. "What does this mean? You will be more likely to match with players of similar skill, and as you get better, so should your opponents", they wrote. 

Fortnite's improved matchmaking will be rolled out slowly so that Epic can test and oversee how it performs, and players will be notified once the feature is fully implemented so that they can provide more feedback.

Another change, which definitely doesn't sound as great as improved matchmaking, are bots, which will be added in Fortnite's next season. Thankfully, it isn't as bad as it sounds, as Epic to have a sensible plan for implementation thereof. 

Namely, bots will be featured in Fortnite's lower skill tiers and, in conjunction with the new matchmaking system, are meant to make it easier for new players to get better, without having their butt kicked across the map. 

Skilled Fortnite players don't have to worry about their digital adversaries diluting the skill because the better you get, the fewer bots will you encounter in your matches. Naturally, there will be no bots in competitive playlists.  

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Epic promised that bots are a system that will be updated and iterated upon, but there's still some way to go until then. We're looking forward to the new matchmaking and we hope the changes indeed result in more evenly skilled and fair because their mech-based method to ensure casuals get more kills was seen as anything but fair.

You can find Epic's announcement on Fortnite's website .

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