Leaked information suggests popular online multiplayer battle royale game Fortnite could soon undergo an unexpected user interface overhaul, significantly changing how players navigate menus and lobbies.
As a continuously evolving live service game, Fortnite receives frequent content updates and patches from developer Epic Games. Maintaining a smooth experience is crucial for its thriving competitive community.
Fortnite’s main Battle Royale mode recently marked its 6-year anniversary with an in-game event from September 19th through the 26th. But data miners report the upcoming v26.20 update releasing around the event’s conclusion may bring impactful UI revisions.
Reliable leakers like iFireMonkey and Shiina claim Fortnite’s lobby screen and Discovery menu could see complete redesigns rather than the minor tweaks that often accompany new seasons or events. iFireMonkey speculates these UI changes likely arrive in either the imminent v26.20 or follow-up v26.30 patch.
Update Possibly Introduces Cleaner, Streamlined Interface for Key Areas
Based on leaked images, the new interface appears cleaner and more streamlined. The lobby boasts resized icons, a condensed page selector and repositioned Discovery tab for a less cluttered look. A visible Survivor Medal tracker also appears to be added.
Initial reactions are mixed, with some feeling the simplified aesthetic resembles mobile game menus. Others welcome the reduced visual noise. The title is currently celebrating it’s 6th Birthday with OG items like balloons and cake added to the game for a limited time.
It’s possible Epic Games staggers the UI update from the v26.20 patch’s other planned addition, playable character Ahsoka Tano. Spreading out substantial changes allows players time to digest each one. Chapter 4 Season 4 has been one to remember, with fans and streamers praising Epic Games for delivering an enjoyable season for players.
Live service games like Fortnite must regularly reinvigorate themselves to maintain interest. Though risky, shaking up core interfaces prevents stagnation amongst the community. Epic Games sensitively balances freshening familiar experiences while retaining usability.
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Whatever changes ultimately materialize, v26.20 already ushers in Fortnite’s next phase. As the 6th Birthday event sunsets, Ahsoka’s arrival and potential UI enhancements signal more action ahead for Battle Royale’s ever-evolving world.
Fortnite is out now on Windows PC, Mobile Devices, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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