Fortnite is like life full of secrets. Why do we build if we just want to destroy? Can it be considered a victory or even a king to take countless lives to survive a bloodbath? What's the deal with this tomato guy? Why is he smiling? What does he know ? Then there's the biggest question: Does playing with a stretched resolution actually have an advantage in the game? Epic, it seems, think so.
Today, Epic announced that stretched resolutions are no longer permitted in Fortnite (Arena Mode) or Fortnite In-game tournaments . Why is that important? Well, last year many competitive Fortnite players have their screen resolutions increased from 16: 9 (1920 x 1080) to wider, steeper ratios like 4: 3 (1440 x 1080) and 5: 3 (1600 × 1080) ). Even longtime player Tyler "Ninja" Blevins recently started practicing with determination to prepare for the inauguration of the 1945 Fortnite
Players believe that extended resolutions can help them by, among other things, dedicating funbox mirroring to the size of enemies' hitboxes, making them larger targets. However, other players have denied this by saying that, unlike, for example, in CSGO by resolution switching in Fortnite the characters appear slightly smaller to match the new resolution. However, Fortnite increases the player's vertical field of view (FOV), which is particularly beneficial when it comes to wild battles of the game. Then, there are other less tangible benefits to crushing the resolution: some players say the game feels more responsive in this way, possibly because of increased frames per second or because of personal comfort.
These are the advantages. The biggest downside is that people's streams look ugly. It could also technically be considered a fraud, which has a – about 1945 – decreasing – influence on the quality of competition. This probably explains why, although normal resolutions still allow for stretched resolutions, Epic said in today's announcement that vertical FOV will soon be closed, no matter what resolution you play.
For many streamers and professionals this is a big change. They have to adapt, and they have to do it in a hurry, as the Fortnite World Cup qualifiers start in just 10 days. Ninja, the blue-haired money monster from Fortnite  is one of many who comment on the timing.
"It's all about how they do everything," he said on Twitter . "Permitted to be stretched at the last Secret Skirmish, and then changed to Arena a week after the start? I practiced it and now everything is wasted. The same goes for any pro player who uses it.
"Agreed" answered as over-popular Fortnite Pro and Streamer Myth. "The execution is very poor."
"It's crazy," said 19459026 Fortnite a chap . "I'm always amazed at how unable Epic Games is to do anything" competitive. "
This follows recent balance and tempo changes that have driven major players in the wrong direction, including one Significantly increasing the time it takes to harvest materials, and eliminating health and material consumers who have been given players to kill them, both of which slow down the pace of the game and make it more inviting to new players in Arena mode, still enjoying the previously aggressive pace of the game, but with longer queues due to fewer players.
However, these changes are meaningful in light of the Fortnite plea for mass appeal last – or at least the fact that it did not happen earlier – is a head breaker.
"I understand that everyone plays with the same resolution … but why right now?" said streamer and pro-player Nickmercs . "Such a monumental change 10 days before the qualifier. Fortnite confuses maaan. "