By removing the ability to build, Fortnite has changed the entire complexion of its battles

If you build it, they will come. If you stop building it, well, you’ve got Fortnite in its current state. It may seem hard to fathom, but for the next week or so, one of Fortnite’s central, most recognizable mechanics has been disabled. With Fortnite building removed, players are no longer able to craft defenses, platforms, and Architect of the Year-worthy constructs in the heat of battle. It’s a sweeping change that prominent online leakers have been forecasting for some time, which, having been rolled out for the beginning of the battle royale’s Chapter 3 Season 2, is having a profound impact on how players are approaching the game.

As you might expect, Epic removing building from Fortnite has been tied to the game’s overarching narrative. But in practice, where it really matters, construction has been swapped out for new sprint, parkour, and bolstered slide maneuvers – wherein you can now batter down doors while on the slide. The return of Fortnite building is expected to happen next week, granted, but it’s hard to see how this is anything but Epic testing the waters with the future in mind.


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