LOL I used to live near there. I always think of it when people build Stairways to heaven.
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I'm here reading the threads and also the emails, and since launch day have been thoroughly impressed by the polite discussions and the analytic and deliberative nature of the Fortnite community. This is an amazing group!
In general, there are dozens of ways we want to improve and tweak the game, some of it realized as we went through closed beta and some of it recognized in response to feedback in early access. We're working on lots of these things as we speak. In general, the difficulty progression is slow at first and then much faster, more so that we expected, which is often interpreted as a paywall, but isn't intended to be, and can only effectively be crossed through gains in skill and technique (which I presume must lead to enormous frustration from folks who try to pay through it and find that ineffective.)
The countless planned improvements and future evolutionary decisions aside, the game is largely what we intended it to be: an early access version of what will eventually be a free-to-play game.
Some folks love it, and some folks hate it, and we totally understand the feedback, as it's a change from the business models of Epic's episodic shareware games and then PC and Xbox retail games of the past. However we encourage keeping an open mind, especially on play strategies that reduce the grind.
This is thoroughly an Epic game though, built out of passion for the underlying design and art style, and a desire to build the foundations for a game that we can improve and evolve for years to come, and eventually enable anyone to play without paying up-front, while paying the bills and supporting the team.