Fortnite Removes Bubble Wrap Builds to Improve Performance Mode

Published 04/08/2021, 5:19 AM EDT


Fortnite is easily one of the best free-to-play AAA titles in the world. Accordingly, players require high-end PCs or consoles to run it without technical difficulties like lag.

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Back in December 2020, Epic Games released a new performance mode for Fortnite. This not only made the game reach out to a larger audience, but significantly improved the experience of existing players.

The Performance Mode is currently available in Alpha and uses a rather simple concept to run the game better. It affects the visual quality that decreases the burden on RAM, CPU, and GPU of the PC. Interestingly, players who already play on the lowest available graphics settings still benefit from Performance Mode, and have witnessed the game maintaining a more stable frame-rate.

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Changes in the Performance Mode in Fortnite following 16.10 update

The 16.10 update for Fortnite had spread Easter eggs on the map and brought back the Egg Launcher. Amidst all these changes, many players did not realize the two major modifications in Performance Mode.

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Ever since the update, the player-built structures aren’t having a ‘bubble wrap’ style. Apparently, this visual state for builds was never intended, and patch 16.10 fixed it as a bug.

A quick thread on Performance Mode and changes impacting competitive play.

After the 16.10 update, player-built structures in Performance Mode are now working in their intended visual state. The previous state, aka “bubble wrap,” was never intended and considered a bug. (1/2)

— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) April 7, 2021

As expected, the sudden removal of bubble wrap builds has disappointed the community. Players had been heavily using the style in Chapter 2 Season 6 and had even claimed that it reduced input delay. While some want the developers to revert this change as soon as possible, others understand that such features largely impact competitive play, and avoiding their misuse should be a priority.

Epic Games resolves the increased visibility in the storm

The developers have recognized another glaring issue with the Performance Mode where it offered more visibility in the storm than intended. A future update will change this narrative.

We’re also working to resolve an issue where visibility in the storm is clearer than intended. This will be changed in a future update. Performance Mode is still in Alpha and we will continue to iterate on the feature to improve players’ experiences while playing Fortnite. (2/2)

— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) April 7, 2021

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Incentives like the Performance Mode that emphasize on improving the experience of players around the world are a delight. Alongside casual players who often play on low-end devices, popular gamers like SypherPK have also praised it. The Twitch streamer believes he has become a lot better in Fortnite with the help of Performance Mode.

Having said that, Epic Games still needs to bridge the gap between the casual user-base and pro players in Fortnite’s community. The former seems to love Chapter 2 Season 6, but the latter have actively criticized the Primal Shotgun and Cuddle Fishes for ruining the meta. The latest season has just begun, and it is safe to assume that the developers will bring the desired changes soon.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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