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7 months ago

Fortnite Patch v7.30 adds freeze grenades, puts old guns on ice

Fans of the bolt-action sniper rifle, burst rifle, heavy shotgun and SMG will have to find a new weapon of choice in Fortnite Battle Royale. Today's patch has exiled them to the vault, and out of standard rotation - a shakeup in the meta for the absurdly popular battle royale shooter. The update also reintroduces the suppressed SMG (to replace the regular one), and further…

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Fortnite: Save The World will show potential buyers what’s in their loot boxes

The less-discussed Fortnite sibling, PvE survival shooter Fortnite: Save The World is changing how its loot boxes work. Potential buyers will now be able to see exactly what’s inside the store’s llama piñatas, enabling them to make a more informed decision about whether or not they want to pay to take a metaphorical mallet to them.

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Fortnite now lets you dress up as a Sneaky Snowman

Fortnite's v7.20 content update is now live and adds a frosty-themed item to the battle royale, allowing you to sneak up on unsuspecting players by donning a rather innocuous looking snowman outfit. And what an ace way to blend in following the explosion of the ice orb that was hovering above the Polar Peaks, this weekend, blanketing the entire map in snow.

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8 months ago

14 Days of Fortnite will return soon, but only for about a week

Fortnite had a lovely festive event at the end of last year: a fortnight (groan) of challenges and gifts for players of both the Save The World and Battle Royale modes. However, thanks to some miscommunication about exactly when this two-week celebration would end, it's coming back. But not for its full length - only from some time "early next week" until January 15th. So…

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Fortnite kicks off a fortnight of holiday challenges and debuts The Block

Fortnite might be more about building hard cover than snowmen, but it's getting plenty festive for the holiday break. Launched yesterday, the 14 Days Of Fortnite event brings a set of Christmas goodies to both Battle Royale and Save The World modes. There's also (not too rough) daily challenges with their own rewards until new year's day - today's being to just check out the…

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Fresh Prince’s Alfonso Ribeiro pursuing legal action over Fortnite’s Carlton Dance

Epic Games not coming up with their own dance moves continues to cause trouble for mega-popular shooter Fortnite Battle Royale. As reported by TMZ, actor Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) is suing Epic for cribbing his famously daft dance for use in the game as a premium emote sold in-game. Ribeiro is in the process of copyrighting the dance,…

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Epic to roll out free cross-platform online services for all through 2019

Epic Games - they of Fortnite, Unreal Engine, and the recently-launched Epic Games Store - have announced that they'll be rolling out a suite of services and tools (as used in Fortnite) to help studios bridge the gap between platforms. Epic recently made waves by getting Sony to reverse their policy on cross-platform play, and have since resumed uniting Fortnite players and accounts across all systems.…

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9 months ago

Rampage in peace: Fortnite firm Epic end Unreal Tournament development

For those of us of a certain age, 'Epic' means 'Unreal' - but, of course, for those of you of a certain, rather younger age, 'Epic' means 'Fortnite.' A very stupid part of my brain couldn't quite let go of the idea that all this cartoony battle royale business was just a temporary distraction for Epic, and soon enough they'd go back to making Unreal…

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Fortnite Creative is a powerful sandbox mode for the battle royale juggernaut

Epic Games have announced the big new feature for Fortnite's seventh season: Fortnite Creative, a free construction sandbox where players can build their own custom multiplayer modes alone or with pals. Formally announced here, it looks a lot like the Forge mode from later Halo games, and a lot more fleshed out than the earlier Playground mode. Multiple island maps to build on, a sack of…

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Epic to launch their own Steam-rival store, cutting a better deal for devs

In especially well-timed fashion, Epic Games - they of the Unreal Engine and Fortnite - have announced they're going head to head with Steam with the Epic Games Store. The new storefront will open via web and the Epic Games Launcher before the end of 2018. Enticingly for developers, Epic have announced that they'll only be taking a flat 12% cut of revenue, less than…

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Fortnite’s cross-platform account merging delayed until early 2019

While Epic have done well kicking down boundaries between platforms to allow Fortnite servers to be shared by PC and console folk alike, those with multiple systems still have a wait ahead of them. While you're still free to hop between platforms and link accounts to share all present and future rewards, plans to let players merge old hoards and progress between systems have been delayed. Originally…

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10 months ago

Fortnite’s Halloween zombie invasion stumbles as it launches

Betrayal! Once thought benevolent for its shield-giving and bouncy properties, Fortnite Battle Royale's once-beloved purple cube (affectionately named Kevin by players) has turned heel for Halloween. Beginning the new Fortnitemares event, the formerly friendly block of rune-daubed jelly is summoning NPC undead hordes into the popular shooter. The zombies appear to have taken a bite out of the server infrastructure, and Epic have postponed the…

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Fortnite: Save The World’s free-to-play launch delayed out 2018

The game once known as 'Fortnite' will not leave paid early access and launch free-to-play this year as planned, Epic Games have said. They've delayed Fortnite: Save The World's F2P launch as they want more time to make sure it's proper good and stable for the hordes of potential players expected to flood in when it switches. It did seem that Fortnite might vanish without…

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11 months ago

Fortnite’s Support-A-Creator event lets entertainers benefit from fans’ in-game purchases

Quite a few people play Fortnite Battle Royale, to put it mildly. But the game’s also become a global spectator sport, with tens of thousands of people watching others play on Twitch at any given time. Starting from next week, the Support-A-Creator event will give these community leaders a cut of what their fans spend in game.

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Fortnite is testing true cross-platform play as Sony finally ease up

Fortnite has already taken over the world, but after an announcement on Sony's PlayStation Blog today, I might be willing to give it some tentative credit in ending the console war, too. Or starting a new one. After months of Sony taking up Microsoft's old miserly crown and saying that cross-platform play between PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC players just wasn't on the cards,…

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Fortnite’s sixth season kicks off on September 27th, now with a bouncy lake

The mystery of the giant bouncy cube that once rolled across Fortnite's plains is solved, just in time for the battle royale mega-hit's next season of costumes, live events and gunshootery, starting on September 27th. Plus, there's a 400% match XP event running through the weekend, starting now. It turns out that the probably magical purple block rolling across the land was an oversized bit…

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Epic announce autumn esports programme for Fortnite: Battle Royale

Epic Games are continuing their push to make Fortnite: Battle Royale into the hottest esport around, following up their eight-week, $8 million prize pool Summer Skirmish with a new six-week series taking place this autumn. Despite being shorter, it’ll squeeze in $10 million in prizes, and a new format will see players face off in challenges that aren’t just the standard murder-everyone-on-the-island arrangement.

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12 months ago

This Fortnite squad wants to teach you about the environment

A friend of mine recently started working in education, and I keep pestering them to get into Fortnite Battle Royale, or at least learn what it is, so that they can relate to the kids they’re teaching. Somehow, MIT PhD student Henri Drake must have heard and taken my advice, because he set up a squad intended to stream Epic’s immensely, unimaginably popular game and…

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Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish invites PAX attendees to compete against pro players

After eight weeks and an $8 million prize pool, Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish is closing out with a LAN tournament at PAX West this weekend. Attendees will be able to sign up to compete alongside some of the fledgling esport's big names – so everyone join together with me in praying for a big upset.

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