Epic Games says there will be no live Fortnite events in 2021

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As 2020 draws to a close, we can all agree that it’s been a hell of a year. For the folks at Epic Games, it’s been a wild ride, to say the least. Consider, for example, the Fortnite publisher’s very public war with Apple. (We won’t get into all that now, but you can read about how it started here.)

Consider, also, that the COVID-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench into Fortnite’s competitive season. At the end of April, Epic announced that it was cancelling this year’s Fortnite World Cup and moving all other competition online.

As for what 2021 holds, Epic is playing it safe. In an update today, the Fortnite Team said the following:

Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff. With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in  2021, including a Fortnite World Cup. We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future.

Trio party size becomes the standard

In the same update, the team revealed that Chapter 2—Season 5 of the Fortnite Champion Series is set to begin on February 4. In order to “place more stability and consistency around FNCS”, party size will be standardized to a trio format.

Competitive players can also expect to work within the contraints of Chapter 2—Season 5’s new gameplay mechanics. Specifically, the new Bars system will reset players to 0 Bars at the start of each match. Bars cannot be carried over between competitive matches.

“We’re still discussing ideas of further implementing this system into competitive, without negatively affecting gameplay,” today’s post reads. “We’ll be paying close attention to your feedback this season with this new mechanic.”

Champion Series aside, Epic is “looking at other avenues for high-level competition 2021”. Look for the coming year to feature more weekly tournaments, unique tournaments, and Creator Cups.

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