A recent update Fortnite Update v8.20 in Fortnite removed the health gained per elimination and decreased the material harvesting rate within the game. Even after Epic Games released update v8.20.1, there were no changes in mechanics and all modes continued as they were after v8.20 went live.
We have deployed a new patch to fix some bugs and stability issues. The list of fixes will be available soon.
This update will not require downtime.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 29, 2019
Many players complained about the so-called “changes” the update patch made to the game. Fortnite twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins clearly expressed his disappointment in the changes, saying “squads are so dumb and boring now”.
Squads are so dumb and boring now.
— Ninja (@Ninja) March 28, 2019
He then retweeted fellow streamer and pro player Symfuhny’s message, who said he was “actually forced to sit in 20 min queues all day” to play Fortnite.
Had the worst nightmare ever last night:
I was playing Fortnite and they removed the health per kill, materials per kill, and faster farming rates in public games…
I know. Terrifying. I wasn’t able to go back to sleep for a couple hours after waking up.
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) March 28, 2019
Honestly, doubt I’ll ever play with my friends again in Fortnite cause there’s no way im playing this game without health & mats per Kill. Not to mention -40% mat speed.. ? Rip Squad Gamemode. It was fun while it lasted lmao ??♂️please revert.
— Daequan (@TSM_Daequan) March 27, 2019
So far, a lot of streamers have complained about the extinction of the Siphon mechanics in default playlists. It basically removed the 50 health gained per elimination, the 40 percent increase in material harvesting, the 500 material cap and the 50/50/50 material gained upon eliminating an opponent.
Epic hasn’t made any comments on the v8.20 changes. Fortnite is now available to play on Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mobile and PlayStation 4.