Epic Reveals Zero Build Mode for Fortnite

With building coming back at some point in Chapter 3 Season 2, Epic has added a permanent addition to Fortnite’s game modes: Zero Build.

As part of the launch of Chapter 3 Season 2, Epic Games removed building from Fortnite. Building is one of the game’s most iconic features – it’s what made Fortnite stand apart from other battle royales besides their vast array of skins in the Fortnite Item Shop. And now, Epic appears to be making the change a permanent part of the experience with the introduction of Zero Build Mode. Yep, you heard that right – you can now play Fortnite minus the building mechanic. There’s still no building in the main battle royale mode, but we can expect it to come back soon once the Resistance “retrieves” it as per the storyline.

A Win for Both Sides

Since its release in 2017, Fortnite has been one of the most popular games in the world. Not only did it put battle royale on the map, but it led to future releases that would later fortify the genre. Despite the field now crowded with competitors, the ability to shape and destroy the battlefield with building sets Fortnite apart. However, not everyone is keen on the mechanic. Complaints that the focus on building alienates other players have only grown louder in recent years. Luckily for the casual Fortnite account players that prefer to play it as a “traditional” battle royale, they’ve gotten their wish.

Fortnite Zero Build removes the building mechanic entirely, which leaves players to rely on their shooting skills alone. The great thing about this new model is that it’s merely an option; the primary game mode will have building moving forward. This is a win for both sides – players that excel in the building could still play their usual, while others that would rather not have it could play Fortnite in Zero Build mode.

Testing the Waters

Fortnite’s Zero Build mode, if anything, is the result of a test run that Epic Games did at the start of Chapter 3, Season 2. At the beginning of the said season, Fortnite added a Limited Time Mode (LTM) called No Build mode that eliminated building from the default game. The player reaction was positive and even led former Fortnite streamers to come back to the game. Epic’s “test run” led to long queue times for players returning to the game to try the new model.

Just moments after the No Build mode debuted, leakers were already on the move and found evidence of an upcoming permanent mode with the building turned off (which we now know as Zero Build). Then, on March 29, 2022, Epic Games confirmed these rumors and announced the Zero Build mode’s launch with the v20.00 update.

How Does Zero Build Mode Work?

With Zero Build mode, there’s no longer any point in standing a spot to harvest materials. You might ask, “well, how can we protect ourselves then?” and the answer comes from a new item. Without building, all players have the recharging Overshield item as their first line of defense. This protective layer vastly speeds up player movement. Back then, players couldn’t sprint or powerslide their away across the island, but now that they can, Epic has expanded the map’s size to accommodate this change. The new map for Zero Build mode features siege cannons, zeppelins, zip lines, tanks, and recent locations like the Synapse Station located in the southwest of the map.


To play Zero Build mode, access Fortnite’s Discover menu. You can click the Change button in the lobby and select from Solo, Duo, Trio, and Squad playlists. If you prefer to turn the building mode on, you can use the default game mode in the launcher. Zero Build joins an ever-growing list of ways to play the battle royale, including Impostors, Creative, and the kill-free Party Royale. When Epic stated that Zero Build was going to be a permanent mode, the response from Fortnite account owners and long-time players was more than enthusiastic.


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