The latest Fortnite update is now available. A lot of new features have been added, but one controversial aspect was removed: the ability to redeploy gliders in all the default modes. Glider Redeploy will remain active in the bigger team modes, such as Soaring 50s and Disco Domination, as well as Playground "to allow ongoing experimentation with this feature," according to the Patch Notes.
Glider Redeploy was an interesting mechanic, both liked and hated by the community. It allowed the player to enable the glider when jumping or falling from large distances. So, it was no longer possible to kill someone by breaking their stairway, or forcing them to fall off a ledge.
One could see the positives and negatives from this. A newcomer might find the glider useful when experimenting with building materials, something that is hard to become advanced at. It was also very handy when you're low on health and had to jump from a tall building at Tilted Towers. But, the idea of a "death from a great fall" was made nearly impossible, something that was a big part of the Battle Royale prior to the Glider Redeploy. So, no matter what, the feature had its benefits and detractors.
Beyond the removal of Glider Redeploy, the latest update includes a new Limited Time Mode: Food Fight. This mode is team based, and is basically "protect the base," which in this case means you'll be fighting for Durrr Burger or Pizza Pit. The goal is to prevent the given mascot from being destroyed. Like in Disco Domination, players respawn. The team who destroys the opposing mascot first wins. Besides the new mode, a legendary trap titled the Mounted Turret has been added, and it packs a lot of firepower. One more interesting thing of note is that pickaxe damage to players has been increased from 10 to 20, meaning that it takes five hits to beat a player (with no shield) instead of 10.
Fortnite Season 6 has been home to numerous intriguing updates. Of course, there were the monsters that populated Solo mode, adding a new level of frenetic strategy to the mix. Shadow Stones were implemented, enabling players to turn into a phantom-like being. Recently, the cube at the center of Leaky Lake exploded, providing a very meta scene, and then a new area on the map.
There is still a long while to go before the season ends, so it will be interesting to see what else the game will throw at players.