Fortnite Introducing Skill-Based Matchmaking & Bots Next Season

Epic Games is going to introduce some potentially very huge changes to Fortnite. Namely, they have announced changes to matchmaking. The aim, of course, is to put players of similar skill levels in the same match in the interest of fairness. Also, they will be adding bots starting next season. The idea here is that players of lower skill levels will meet more bots in order to hone their abilities.

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Fortnite Introducing Bots & Skill-Based Matchmaking Next Season
Fortnite Introducing Skill-Based Matchmaking & Bots Next Season

As Fortnite keeps growing and evolving, it makes sense that Epic Games would add more features that are quality-of-life-oriented, instead of simply adding new skins and locations and whatnot. And, according to a post on Epic’s website, they are gonna be making some pretty major steps in the near future.

The first major change, coming in update v10.40 update, is going to concern matchmaking in the game’s core modes. The idea is that you’ll be “more likely to match with players of similar skill, and as you get better, so should your opponents.” That way, everybody is going to experience fairer matches. The devs are gonna roll out these changes slowly, “to all regions across Battle Royale core modes as we test and monitor how it performs.” Once the matchmaking goes live everywhere, they’ll update the player base, so that they can gather valuable feedback.

The other thing is that, starting next season, you can look forward to bots appearing on the battlefield. According to the post, the bots will behave as normal players would. Fighting them is going to help you build your skills. The idea is that they’ll work in conjunction with the matchmaking; as your skills improve, you’ll fight fewer and fewer bots, and more actual people. Naturally, bots will not be present in Competitive playlists. But, then again, those that are in Competitive playlists probably don’t need bots to boost their skills.

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