Fortnite 10.40 update delayed as Epic reveals Bots are coming to matchmaking

For the last few weeks, we've been seeing Epic drop Fortnite updates on Tuesdays, but it looks like players this week are going to have to wait for the 10.40 update.

Usually, if Epic is going to drop the update on a certain day, it will put out a tweet the night or early morning before (in UK time, at least). And today, we've had no update on from the company about an impending update.

That likely means we can expect 10.40 to drop on either Wednesday or Thursday – again, this isn't unusual for Epic. Don't expect the patch to land any later than that, though: weekend updates are reserved for emergency fixes or special events.

That doesn't mean Epic hasn't updated us on what to expect in the new update, though.

In a blog post published on September 23, Epic revealed that some pretty widespread changes are coming to the game very soon.

"Since Battle Royale launched, the matchmaking strategy for our core modes has remained mostly unchanged," the blog reads.

"Over the past two years, however, the range of player skill has grown considerably. In Arena, we use Hype-based matchmaking to ensure players are matched evenly across platforms.

"In the v10.40 update, we’re introducing improved matchmaking logic to Battle Royale core modes to create fairer matches."

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What that means is, effectively, Fortntie is adding bots to online matchmaking. Epic notes that the game's incoming AI enemies "will behave similarly to normal players and will help provide a better path for players to grow in skill."

This is in aid of the developer trying to allow greener players a chance to win, and a smoother entry point into the game.

If you're a skilled player, you'll be matchmaking with players of a similar status, so you likely won't see bots.

As per Epic: "In the next Season, we are adding Bots to Fortnite. They will behave similarly to normal players and will help provide a better path for players to grow in skill.

"Bots will work in conjunction with the new matchmaking system, and as your skill improves, you’ll face fewer Bots. Bots will not be present in Competitive playlists. This is another system that we will continue to update and iterate."

The new matchmaking system will be rolled out slowly by the developer, to ensure it's all working as planned, but there's already quite a lot of criticism online about the planned changes (check out the replies to the tweet we embedded above if you want to see some… colourful… opinions of the game yourself!)

You can expect to see the first incarnation of the new (and improved?) matchmaking drop when 10.40 hits the game later this week.

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