The Trios option was removed in version 24.40
On May 16, 2023, Epic Games tweeted out that trios mode was going to be “vaulted” in Fortnite, much to the chagrin of the community. In a sense, Epic Games is straight-up deleting trios (three-person) mode from the game, and will only allow solo, duo, and quad teams from here on out.
The full patch notes didn’t really shed any more light on the situation, stating:
“Please note that the Trios mode will be vaulted in Battle Royale and Zero Build in v24.40.”
So that’s it after years of being included in the game? So long, good luck? Epic Games doesn’t recall saying good luck! Hey, look on the bright side: you can queue up for a four-person game and choose the “no fill” option to emulate trios at least.
Please note that with the launch of v24.40, we will be vaulting the Trios team size in Battle Royale and Zero Build.
For more details about what's coming in v24.40, check out our blog here: https://t.co/oSyuTGUbEk
— Fortnite Status (@FortniteStatus) May 16, 2023
Why was trios mode removed from Fortnite?
Epic Games did not provide a reason in their tweet, but it’s very common for games that are heavily tied to matchmaking to “vault” or cycle through modes. The more people playing one mode, the less that are queuing up for the other; and with a push for ranked play, it’s likely that Epic decided to sacrifice one of their least-played modes.
Of course, trios mode has a lot of fans, and with how big Fortnite still is, it’s not a great look to vault any core mode. I mostly play solo and duos, but I was looking forward to trios when my kid got a little older. Hopefully by then Epic will have worked out the kinks and will allow it to return.