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The new 11.30 update for Fortnite has arrived, and with it comes a bunch of new stuff and the usual round of bug fixes. In addition, however, data miners have busted out their snow shovels and plowed through the codebase to uncover some winter-themed goodies, including a whole bunch of new skins and items. Let's start with the official information. Epic Games has introduced a Split Screen mode in Battle Royale, in which players can play Duos or Squads with a friend on the same PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles. The developer notes this is an early release and a work in progress, and is asking players to report any bugs via the in-game feedback tool. You can also now preview what's in the Shop... Read more...
Epic Games had hoped Google would reconsider taking less than a 30 percent cut from in-game app purchases if it were to make its highly popular Fortnite game available in the Play Store, but Google took a pin to the developer's balloon and said in no uncertain terms it is not going to happen—the rate would be 30 percent, just as it is for every other developer. There are exceptions to that rate, but mainly for subscription services. Netflix and Hulu, for example, are both subjected to a 15 percent royalty. Those and other similar apps primarily deal with subscriptions, though, which is why they qualify for the reduced rate. Fortnite, on the other hand, rakes in piles of cash through in-game... Read more...
Epic Games, the creator of the incredibly popular game Fortnite, has had a former news anchor, Matthew Geiler, threaten to sue it and send a cease and desist over a dancing emote that was part of the Fortnitemares Halloween event. Geiler created a character called "Dancing Pumpkin Man" during his time on-air that shows him dancing in front of a generic graveyard scene in a black unitard wearing a pumpkin mask. Geiler says in the cease and desist letter that the company is using his character's likeness without permission and threatened to sue Epic Games. However, Epic has asked a New York Federal Judge to declare that the dancing pumpkin feature "Pump It Up" doesn't infringe on the copyright... Read more...
No matter how you slice it, robbing a casino is real life is a bad idea—you may not get your hands lopped off or kneecaps broken like the days of old, but jail time is certainly an inevitable consequence. The same rules don't apply to video games, however, and come December you will be able to stage a daring heist as part of Borderland 3's first campaign DLC. It's called Moxxi's Heist of The Handsome Jackpot. It involves a casino space station that Handsome Jack built before he perished. Moxxi has it in her sights because it was her "dream project" before Jack stole it all for himself, when the two broke up. We have all been there, right? "This heist is as personal as it gets, and you'll... Read more...
Epic Games has announced that fans of Fortnite will get the opportunity to use DirectX 12 in v11.20 of the game. The game will still require a graphics card that runs DX11, but the option of using newer tech in DX12 will become available with this latest release. Epic says that PC gamers with high-end GPUs that support DX12 may experience higher and steadier frame rates during gameplay, which is always welcome news. DX12 can offer higher and steadier frame rates by delivering better CPU performance that allows for the rendering chores to be distributed across multiple cores. Epic says that in the future, it will add features to Fortnite that are only made possible with DX12. The game developers... Read more...
When it comes to Fortnite, the biggest streamer out there is Ninja. Ninja, whose real name is Tyler Blevins, has spoken out about the lifetime ban handed down by Epic Games to FaZe Jarvis Khattri, a fellow professional Fortnite player who's more of a creator type. Ninja feels like a permanent ban is too harsh for a professional gamer. Jarvis wasn't caught using aimbot cheats in a professional match or tournament; he was banned for using a cheat in a regular match while making a video. Ninja said in one of his streams that Jarvis was a "stupid kid" who made a "stupid decision" and that he feels a permanent ban is "just silly." Ninja said at one point in the stream that content creators like Jarvis... Read more...
Starting with Fortnite Chapter 2, developer Epic Games has kept mum on patch notes, breaking from tradition in the previous chapter. That means players are on their own to discover what is new. Fortnite is hugely popular, though, so secrets get revealed rather quickly. The latest one is the inclusion of a Harpoon Gun. Players are also tasked with discovering details about most new weapons and items, in the absence of patch notes. Accordingly, it is now known that the Harpoon Gun deals 75 damage to players, and 159 damage to builds. It can fire off 10 shots, and takes 1.4 seconds to reload. The Harpoon Gun shoots like a Grappler, but does not move the player around like the Grappler does. However,... Read more...
Fortnite has been massively popular title for gamers both young and old (and everyone in between), and has been a huge money generator for its developer, Epic Games. Fortnite is also very lucrative for the professional players who excel at the game and compete in various tournaments. Epic takes cheating very seriously in Fortnite, even if the cheating doesn't occur in competitive modes or during major tournaments. However, one professional gamer from FaZe Clan has found this out the hard way after he uploaded videos of himself using a cheat. The gamer is Jarvis, and he uploaded videos of himself playing the game to his YouTube channel. The uploading of the videos and the use of the cheat software... Read more...
Epic Games likes to hold Fortnite special events to celebrate holidays, and one of the traditional celebrations is Fortnitemares for Halloween. Epic tweeted that this year's Fortnitemares event kicks off at 9 AM ET today. That is several hours later than when Fortnite usually adds updates, which is nice because it prevents players from having to stay up late or get up early. It's hard for Fortnite to keep any secrets these days with people combing through the game code to find hints at what is coming. As for what is expected in the event this year, it will likely follow the same pattern as Fortnitemares in years past. That will mean a smattering of skins and new cosmetic items, which... Read more...
Fortnite Chapter 2 was recently released and featured several changes and surprises for longtime fans. Epic Games teased the new chapter with a few trailers, but several trade secrets were also revealed by a leaker. Epic Games has decided to sue the former employee that leaked information about Fortnite Chapter 2. Epic Games has filed a civil lawsuit against former employee Ronald Sykes with the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Sykes was a “User Experience” tester and was able to play Fortnite Chapter 2 before it was released to the public. Sykes tweeted on his main account that he had “played S11 and can tell you the new stuff”. He then proceeded... Read more...
Fortnite fans have been enjoying Chapter 2 along with the new map and challenges that came with it. New challenges have landed, and one of them has players hiding out in spots around the map to jump out and kill your opponents. The ability to utilize hideouts is a new mechanic in Chapter 2, and Epic Games wants people to use it. For the challenge, all you have to do is slink out into the environment and find either a dumpster or a bale of hay and hide. To use one of the hideouts, all players need to do is find one, walk up to it, and then interact with it. There are multiple hideouts around the map.  Players will need to hide in a hideout in three different matches to complete the challenge.... Read more...
After more than a day of downtime, the black hole in Fortnite has closed, the servers have been flipped back on, and Chapter 2 is now live. The second chapter brings with it a fresh map to explore with more than a dozen new locations (or exactly a baker's dozen, if you prefer), new weapons and vehicles, and...fishing! Wait, fishing? Yes! Water is not in short supply in Chapter 2 with a bunch of lakes spread about, and so there are plenty of opportunities to hop in a motorboat, swim, catch fish, and basically get your feet wet on the new map (figuratively and literally). Epic Games is taking somewhat of a gamble by casting the old map into the ether and herding millions of players into the new... Read more...
Earlier today, we reported that Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 1 is set to kick off tomorrow morning, aka Taco Tuesday. We’ve previously seen a few grainy images concerning what to expect from this new chapter including an all-new map and boats for players to ride in. Now, we’re getting a relatively extensive look at the game courtesy of a leaked trailer that found its way to the internet via a tweet (before being swiftly deleted). The trailer confirms that this is an all new map complete with a fishing pond, a waterfall, a river (which we saw in the previous leak), and the aforementioned boats. The boats especially look wicked cool with room for four players. There also appears... Read more...
Over the weekend, Fortnite in its entirety was sucked into a black hole, leaving everyone clamoring for when they’d be able to rejoin one of the most popular games on the planet. Logging into the game currently only displays a black hole, and all of Epic Games’ social media accounts have gone radio silent. The only thing left for gamers to do is to play a minigame that is activated with the Konami Code. But Epic can’t leave gamers in a lurch for too long – the software developer is going to need to bring Fortnite back online sometime soon. Thanks to some super sleuthing by hardcore enthusiasts, we have an idea of when the game will return. Fortnite gaming extraordinaire... Read more...
Fortnite gamers know that the end is near for Season 10, and a big event involving the visitor and the rocket is expected to bring the close of the season soon. Before the end of the season, there is still time to get the secret white Scientist skin, but it takes some work. To get the secret white Scientist skin, players need first to complete the Meteoric Rise challenges, which include: Consume four different Glitched Foraged items Destroy 10 structures with Junk Rifts Eliminate 7 opponents in Rift Zones Search 20 chests or ammo boxes in Rift Zones Touch a glowing cube, enter the Rift above Loot Lake, and search a landing pod within a meteor three times Visit three different Rift Zones in the... Read more...
Well, Fortnite fans, it was a good run but the end is nigh. What will you play next? Just kidding, Fortnite is not actually closing shop—Epic Games would have to be bonkers to turn its back on Fortnite, given how lucrative its free-to-play baby has grown to become. However, there is a season event called "The End" that is en route. Donald Mustard, the Worldwide Creative Director at Epic Games, teased the event on Twitter by changing his location to The End. Check it out... It's a subtle hint, but certainly not random—Mustard often teases Fortnite events on his Twitter account, and that is precisely what he is doing here. Looking back, Fortnite has a history of closing out seasons... Read more...
Video games are supposed to be fun, and can be a great way to relieve stress and connect with friends in person and online. One of the most popular video games on the market today is Fortnite from Epic Games. Unfortunately, Epic is facing a lawsuit in Canada that is seeking class-action status. The lawsuit alleges in-part that Epic made Fortnite too addicting, with its developers specifically targeting young children. The lawsuit was filed by a Montreal legal firm on behalf of the parents of two minors, age 10 and 15. Documents in the lawsuit liken Fortnite to cocaine, noting that much like the narcotic drug, Fortnite releases the chemical dopamine in the brain and then kids can become dependent... Read more...
Developer Epic Games is well aware of the complaints over the new matchmaking system it recently introduced to Fortnite, in an attempt to pit players against each other based on skill level regardless of which platform they are playing on. But just because Epic Games hears the complaints does not mean major changes are headed to Fortnite. Instead, Epic Games is willing to engage in ongoing conversations over last week's update. "With the rollout, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about potentially unfair competitive advantages from pooling players together across platforms and input devices. The new matchmaking system, however, accounts for various skill levels across different platforms and... Read more...
Many Fortnite fans have hated the mech since it landed with the start of Season 10. The machine was overpowered in the opinion of most players, but Epic said it was added to give the causal gamers a better chance to win a match. Many have called repeatedly for the mech to be removed from the game, and it appears that Epic is finally listening. Fortnite fans who have played the game recently have undoubtedly noticed something weird is afoot with the mech. As soon as the mechanized beasts land, they are disappearing. The mechs vanishing are part of the ongoing Visitor storyline that sees a mysterious time traveler using his tech to sort out the Fortnite island's time crisis that started with the... Read more...
Yesterday was the big unveil of the Fortnite x Batman crossover, and today the new challenges that go with that crossover are live. One of the challenges is to light up three different Bat Signals outside of Gotham City. As with many challenges, the hard part is finding them. The map below shows the locations of all the bat signals on the island. Bat Signal Locations The fastest way to knock out this challenge would be to go to the north-west section of the map as it has the highest number of Bat Signals in the closest proximity to each other. That will likely mean more players looking to take you out too. Activating the Bat Signal requires you to get close and then follow the prompt to press... Read more...
A new Fortnite crossover event is coming soon, and the reveal for the event is set for Saturday, September 21st. The reveal will be for the Fortnite x Batman crossover with the stream starting at 8 am ET. Gamers on pacific time will need to get up early on a Saturday morning as that works out to 5 am PT. For anyone wondering why the reveal was set for a Saturday morning, September 21st is Batman Day. Fortnite is becoming rather known for crossover events, and in the past, there have been crossovers to celebrate other comic book characters with the Avengers crossover. A John Wick event has been held as well as crossover events for Borderlands 3 and Stranger Things. Anyone wanting to watch can... Read more...
Say what you will about the Epic Games Store—it is a divisive topic in the gaming community, for sure—one thing we can't complain about is the quality of some of the free games. The latest offering drives this point home. In celebration of 80 years of Batman's first appearance 80 years ago (in Detective Comics issue 27), Epic Games is giving away six games featuring the caped crusader. The caveat is that you have to register with Epic Games and grab the six titles through the Epic Games Store. Some gamers are upset over the exclusivity agreements Epic Games has been able to hammer out with developers and publishers, but for those who are indifferent (or are big fans of the storefront),... Read more...
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