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Fortnite is Getting Jetpacks and I Just Don’t Know About This!

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If rumors are to be believed – and if I have learned anything in my 46 years on this planet, it is that you should ALWAYS believe in rumors! – then jetpacks will be making an appearance in the so-popular-you-would-think-it’s-good game Fortnite: Battle Royale.

I am not here to speculate on whether this item actually will be available in the game – this is not the first time jetpacks have been teased, so you know they are coming eventually – and I don’t plan on guessing if they will be a permanent or temporary addition.

Nah – I’m just here to pull one of these:

It could just be me – maybe I am the only one who finds Battle Royale to be fun, but not worth the hype. I mean, in all honesty, I get way more enjoyment out of playing Overwatch or Call of Duty: WWII. Even Titanfall 2 gave me way more entertainment value than Battle Royale, although I absolutely commend Epic Games for consistently trying to provide variety, in terms of both gameplay and cosmetic items.

It could be the repetitive nature of the game – whether you are playing solo, duo, squad, or one of the limited-time only modes, you find yourself on the same map trying to accomplish the exact same objective every single time – and I am sure my kids will argue that the fact that I am just an average Battle Royale player has something to do with my refusal to justify people playing this game for ten hours straight (although to be honest, when it comes to first person shooters I have always been one of those good-but-not-great kind of players).

Whatever the reason, I am just a casual fan of Fortnite: Battle Royale, and actually feel LESS inclined to play the game the more they tinker with it. The “everything and kitchen sink” approach the developers take with the game might make the writers over at Polygon and Kotaku gush about how amazing the game is, but it sort of makes me want to play less, if we’re being honest. That feeling started with the addition of remote-controlled rockets (which have since been removed) and culminated with the Infinity Gauntlet mode, which really added nothing to the game for me and was the sort of cheap promotional stunt that would have made everyone cringe if a less popular game had attempted it.

Now we’re getting jetpacks, because . . . I don’t know. There really is nothing about the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale that would explain the inclusion of jetpacks, and the recent meteor shower that kicked off season 4 has given players the ability to bust out some gravity-defying jumps (and even these don’t really need to be in the game, but hey: superheroes!), so why do we need jetpacks now?

Because . . . jetpacks!

I’m all for new, free content, but I cannot be the only one who would rather see some new maps and different game modes instead of little gimmicks like jetpacks. For example: why not a melee-weapons only mode, which would definitely make the game feel more Hunger Games-ish? Or, if Epic Games wants to tease the superhero theme in Season 4, why not actually provide a super-hero mode in which players can either use futuristic weapons or actually develop super powers for a limited time only? Any of those tweaks would make more sense, and fit the game world better, than simply throwing jetpacks into the mix because hey . . . jetpacks!


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