Played by millions and arguably mastered by no one, there's a huge range of player skill that Epic Games needs to service in Fortnite's battle royale modes. Though the game does have a competitive Arena mode separated into different divisions, Fortnite's upcoming 10.40 patch will introduce skill-based matchmaking to the core battle royale modes, which will later be supplemented by the introduction of bots into lower skill lobbies with Season 11.
Fortnite's new matchmaking system sounds like it will follow the core principles of the kinds of behind-the-scenes skill-based matchmaking present in many games. Starting with the game's upcoming 10.40 patch, the matchmaking system will be gradually rolled out across regions. "You will be more likely to match with players of similar skill, and as you get better, so should your opponents," the offical post reads.
In other words, if Epic's implementation works as intended and there are enough players in your skill range to match with, the likelihood that an average player will come across pub-smashers in Fortnite's regular battle royale modes should drop considerably. Meanwhile, all those highly skilled players will be sorted into murderer's row lobbies together.
On the flip side, some players will find themselves matched against bots starting in Season 11. Bots are intended to "help provide a better path for players to grow in skill," and will be gradually phased out of players' games as the new matchmaking system detects increases in skill.
Epic is likely saving the details on the new matchmaking and bots until the patch notes for 10.40 and the next season drop, but dedicated competitive players can breathe a sigh of relief—there will be no bots added to those modes, and Epic isn't suggesting it will make any changes to Arena's Hype point-based divisions and matchmaking at this time.
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