Lego Fortnite’s first huge replace squashes bugs and provides a launch pad

Epic’s standalone survival crafting sport noticed its first replace on Tuesday, smoothing out among the new sport’s tough edges and including a flurry of high quality of life enhancements.

We’ve coated Lego Fortnite because it launched final month, when the brand new title lured in 2.4 million simultaneous gamers. On the face of it the sport is a Lego-fied model of Minecraft, however the sport really blends collectively a number of well-loved gameplay loops that gamers who cherished cozy titles like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley and Valheim will discover themselves proper at dwelling with.

A bit of over a month after its launch, Lego Fortnite’s content material was starting to run dry for gamers who dove in headlong in December (current firm included). Sadly, the sport’s first huge replace doesn’t add the large swath of latest content material that some gamers have been hoping for, however it does enhance issues throughout the board, fixing plenty of little issues and high quality of life complaints that the sport’s early adopters have been operating into.

First off, Lego Fortnite is making it simpler to get across the map with the addition of launch pads, a predictable merchandise for longtime Fortnite gamers however a welcome one nonetheless. The launch pads ought to make large ugly staircases a relic of the previous whereas assuaging among the ache of traversing the sport’s huge procedurally generated maps with out correct autos or steering wheels.

Constructing-oriented gamers additionally get some tweaks to make issues go extra easily. Builds will now filter out close by flora routinely and match higher onto slopes, since completely flat floor is comparatively laborious to come back by. New ground, wall and roof choices have additionally been added, together with smaller items supposed to make constructing much less awkward for anybody getting fancy.

Epic can be including extra Lego styled skins into the sport (Ahsoka Tano, Spider-Man, and so forth) and a a trio of latest villagers (Bushranger, Rustler, and Tomatohead). Villagers will even be capable to open doorways, which is definitely a substantial enchancment contemplating what number of occasions they get caught past the citadel gates and might’t get again to the oven for his or her late night time gig baking pumpkin pies.

The full record of fixes is fairly lengthy so for those who’ve been ready for it it’s effectively value studying by way of the entire thing. Some huge bugs needs to be squashed now, together with the one the place gamers spawned on this planet caught beneath a constructing (we by no means noticed this one however the Lego Fortnite Reddit was definitely conscious of it).

Past the precise bug fixes, enhancements to stability, efficiency and the in-game physics ought to enhance issues for formidable gamers who bounced off of the sport out of frustration (shoutout to my server-mate constructing us a monorail!). Hopefully the cumulative impact of those adjustments ends in a smoother expertise, as a result of the sport did appear to be catching and lagging fairly a bit for some gamers, even on high-end {hardware}.

There’s quite a bit in right here however the patch does cease wanting addressing some core complaints from the sport’s enthusiastic early participant base. Sadly, it seems like servers are nonetheless restricted to fifteen villagers in complete — a tough cap that daunts enlargement and massive multiplayer builds. There aren’t any new biomes but so wholly contemporary content material is in brief provide, however it is sensible for Epic to nail down the fundamentals earlier than including in new areas to discover. It’s additionally not clear from the notes if the fixes will alleviate the “excessive complexity space” errors plenty of gamers have seen, typically even on modest builds, however we hope so. The sport is a blast thus far and we’re trying ahead to getting again to constructing that pizza oven and open-air frost biome cafe. It’s additionally been good to disregard the siren music of battle royale in favor of Lego Fortnite’s cute gameplay and peaceable tempo, which at its greatest conjures the magic of Animal Crossing New Horizons.

The sport’s cozy vibes are literally key to Epic’s really fairly formidable plans with the title, which joins Fortnite’s conventional battle royale modes together with Rocket Racing and Fortnite Competition as standalone video games out there within the Fortnite ecosystem. That ecosystem is the secret and Epic is working to construct out some various tentpole experiences to enchantment to gamers who won’t be fight-to-the-death sorts.

Nowadays, putting in Fortnite drops gamers right into a digital storefront stocked with free playable experiences. A few of these skilled are made by Epic itself, like Lego Fortnite, however most are “user-made” with Epic’s beefy sport improvement toolkit. Whereas many video games inside the sport are made by budding newbie sport designers, others are branded experiences, like latest survival video games from YouTube megastar MrBeast.

To broaden Fortnite’s enchantment, Epic must forged a large web, bringing in gamers effectively past those that relish creeping round a cartoon map with a sniper rifle, dressed as Darth Vader. Thus far, Lego Fortnite is Fortnite’s most compelling various providing — and a sport that’s more likely to construct extra momentum because the updates maintain rolling in.

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