It might not seem like a big deal, but a change in perspective can really shake up gameplay in a shooter. We saw this with PUBG, which introduced new first-person modes with its later Steam Early Access builds. The “FPP” modes force players to peek out of cover to see enemies, and make hiding in tall grass a less effective tactic. Would a Fortnite first-person mode be just as brilliant?
YouTube user DanMak has put together a short concept video, showing what a Fortnite first person mode could look like.
Not only has DanMak simulated the first-person view, but he’s also showcased how aiming down sights might work. Personally, I think it looks awesome!
Of course, there are potential downsides to a Fortnite first-person mode. The main issue would be building. Creating structures in third-person mode is easy, but in first-person mode, especially under a lot of pressure from incoming fire, I think it could be a little too difficult. Also, while first-person works very well in a more realistic game like PUBG, the exaggerated character movements in Fortnite might not translate quite as smoothly.
The concept isn’t perfect, as I don’t think the weapon sound is quite right, but it’s definitely a good starting point. Hopefully this gets some exposure, and Epic Games consider adding a limited-time mode to test it out. (Assuming it doesn’t require an obscene amount of work!)
We’d love to hear what you think of a possible Fortnite first-person mode! Let us know if you think it would work well, or if it’s an absolutely awful idea, in the comments below.