Is Fortnite removing Zero Build mode? Rumor explained

Is Fortnite removing Zero Build mode? Rumor explained
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No, Zero build is going nowehere

– This rumor began on April Fool’s Day and was meant to be a joke – but it’s still managed to gain traction
– Zero Build may not be as popular as Battle Royale but is still averaging around 322,000 players at the time of writing

Fortnite’s Zero Build is one of the most popular modes in the game at the moment. While it’s true that building separated Fortnite from other games in the battle royale genre, it’s also true that the release of Zero Build contributed to its popularity. Thanks to this mode, the player base has stayed quite consistent over the past few years.

Recently, some Fortnite players started believing that Epic Games would remove Zero Build modes. However, this may not be accurate, and our article will explain why.

Is Fortnite removing Zero Build modes?

Zero Build was first added to Fortnite with the release of Chapter 3 Season 2. It’s been in the game for more than two years and still has millions of players. Due to this, removing it from the game wouldn’t be a good move by Epic Games. Despite this, some players believe that this is precisely what the game developer intends to do.

Fortunately, the removal of the Zero Build mode is not going to happen. This rumor began on April Fool’s Day and was meant to be a joke. However, several posts have gone viral over social media, which is why it’s no surprise that some players think that the vaulting of the popular game mode is just around the corner. Even more than six months ago, rumors were swirling on social media and on the Fortnite Leaks sub-Reddit that the Zero Build mode was under threat, so there’s a real sense that there is a growing concern about the mode’s future. But should people be worried? Let’s take a closer look at the stats.

A female video game character holding a sniper rifle, dressed in a patriotic tank top and silver pants, standing in a Fortnite Zero Build desert-like setting at sunset.
Fortnite players have nothing to worry about. Image by VideoGamer

While the Zero Build mode is not as popular as the original mode with building, it still has millions of daily players. The mode had an all-time peak of 1.4 million players in the first week of Fortnite Chapter 5 and is averaging around 322,000 players in April 2024. In comparison, the original Battle Royale mode had a peak of 3.1 million players, and its current monthly average is slightly more than 355,000 players.

While it’s easy to see that the majority of the player base resides in the Battle Royale mode, a little over 300,000 concurrent players is nothing to be sniffed at. Zero build is also a great entry point into the game for those intimidated by Fortnite’s building mechanics, so Epic may be using the mode primarily to keep the barrier to entry as low as possible whilst the regular player base continues to upskill.

‘This rumor began on April Fool’s Day and was meant to be a joke’

If you are a Zero Build player, you have nothing to worry about. Just like the post about Fortnite shutting down, the removal of the popular game mode is simply false and was meant to be a joke. Just like the original Fortnite Battle Royale mode, Zero Build is a permanent game mode, and it will receive many more updates throughout the years. While you’re here, check out our guide on how to unlock free Fortnite skins. If you want to grab something from the Item Shop, we also have a free V-Bucks guide for you.