I've been sitting on this idea for a long time, along with a ton more in I have in a text post I never got around to making, but that's aside the point. Don't worry, there's a TL;DR at the bottom.
As we all know, Fortnite: Save The World is designed with the idea that everyone in a mission will work together. It's also designed that you play with other people, though there's no penalty (minus difficulty) to playing solo.
The problem with that? Not everyone online is going to have friends to play the game with. And that's where play with others comes in.
Play With Others (PWO), however, is lackluster when it comes to searching for other players. Especially when it can put you into an empty lobby.
My first suggestion would be to re-do the PWO system. The interface itself needs more search options, and the back-end would need to accommodate the changes, along with getting some improvements itself along the way.
Front End Changes (Interfaces):
Main PWO Screen
I tried to leave the screen close to the same and append new features, but I may redo it to add/change more things. The idea would be that "Custom" actually lets you customize your search. However, all 3 options would all search, not throw you into a mission.
Search Results Screen
Ideally, an interface of this design or similar (read: better) would pop up after the search takes place. This allows a user to see all the active sessions, how many players, etc..
More features could be added, such as allowing for multi-region search, as this isn't a competitive game so ping doesn't matter near as much.
Back End Changes (Search/Matchmaking logic):
PWO should never be able to throw you into an empty session. Be it one that a player just left or one you end up creating due to no one fitting your search criteria. Instead, it should just simply keep searching or say "Couldn't find players in allotted time".
Widen the "net" (faster). As briefly mentioned above, this isn't a competitive game. playing on 60-100-200 ping isn't a big "game changer" like it is in the other mode. As such, the game should take this into consideration and widen it's search pool faster in hopes of preventing the above from happening.
Again, as mentioned (further) above, multi region search. While the game does let us switch regions and can find players in said regions, not having to swap regions entirely would help when you have modes like Ventures, that can cause Failed To Lock profile because you hopped in/out/in to a session too fast.
Multi-region search should be implemented, widen the search pool, and consider revamping the PWO interface to something like this:
Main PWO Screen –
Search Results Screen
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