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6 months ago

Fortnite’s new crossover event is advertising Borderlands 3

Epic have long sold Fortnite as an advertising platform through crossover events, but the latest stands out from prior crossovers by advertising another video game. The FortniteXMayhem event is now live, turning a corner of the map into a Borderlands 3 cartoon dustland. Advertising for another game is quite odd, with previous branded events being more for the likes of John Wick 3, Avengers: Infinity…

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Fortnite’s mechs are now less murdersome

Honking great mechs stomping around and blasting rocket barrages is not so much fun in a game where most players are squishy humans scampering about on foot, Epic have conceded. They've rolled out a comprehensive series of balance tweaks reducing mechs' power, though they still haven't removed them. Epic added the B.R.U.T.E. mechs to Fortnite with the start of Season 10 on August 1st, and…

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7 months ago

Watch Fortnite while you play Fortnite with the World Cup’s picture-in-picture

I'll fess up to occasionally half-watching something on my second screen while playing competitive games, but I'm not sure how I feel about Epic Games planning to show players competitive Fortnite while they're already playing Fortnite. When the Fortnite World Cup Finals kick off on Friday, see, people who are already playing Fortnite will get to fill a corner of their screen with a World…

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Fortnite ditches the other 98 combatants for a one-on-one mech-kaiju clash

Fortnite Battle Royale has once again laid down its weapons for a brief time. At least, its human inhabitants did, the better to watch a clash between a kaiju from the depths and a tacked together robot, each bent on destroying the other. These kinds of events have apparently become such a draw for players invested in the weird world surrounding Epic’s battle royale that…

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8 months ago

Fortnite Battle Royale unvaults old guns and modes for a fortnight in the sun

Epic Games are on holiday for the next two weeks, but before they left for some much-needed R&R (especially after all that crunch), they lined up a summer event for Fortnite Battle Royale. The 14 Days Of Summer event is live now and runs until the devs return on July 8th. Every day, they'll be 'unvaulting' a weapon or item removed from the game for…

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EA: “We don’t call them loot boxes”, they’re “surprise mechanics”

Brace yourself. It is once again time to talk about boxes. When questioned yesterday by the UK government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the vice president of EA's legal and government affairs insisted on describing loot boxes as "surprise mechanics". I read her language choice as partly a doomed attempt to move away from the stigma attached to loot boxes, and partly to do…

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9 months ago

Fortnite stunts and grinds downhill in Nike Jordan event mode

The latest brand to advertise to children through Fortnite Battle Royale is Nike, slamming and jamming in a new event mode that sends players sliding and grinding through a downhill obstacle course. Grab coins, basketballs, and sneakers to score points, do fancy tricks using Impulse Bombs, hurl Boogie Bombs to screw with rival ravers... it's pretty fun, if pretty wonky for being smooshed into Fortnite.…

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10 months ago

Avengers: Endgame smashes into Fortnite with new event

Mr. America, Robin Hood, Pistolera, Tinhead Ned, Norseman and the rest of the gang return to cinemas today in Avengers: Endgame, and the movie is smashing into Fortnite too. Epic Games today launched their 'Fortnite X Avengers: Endgame' crossover with a special event mode where goodies try to thwart Thanos and his superspacepals. Each side also gets to power up by scavenging for Avengers' weapons…

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Fortnite studio reportedly demands brutal crunch hours for updates

A major studio working its employees to the bone is a sadly common story, but today's revelation (via a Polygon report) that Fortnite Battle Royale's success lead to hundred-hour work-weeks is still frustrating. Caught off guard by the enormous success and demand for updates to the free-to-play shooter, the studio came to rely on staff working long overtime hours and weekends. They even allegedly fired…

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Fortnite World Cup punished over 1000 accounts in the first week alone

Epic have yoinked prizes from hundreds of Fortnite players in the first week of their World Cup open qualifiers, for reasons ranging from fraudulently entering in multiple regions to full-on cheating. They punished over one thousand players in all over the first week's competition, most of them temporary bans. That's a whole lot of cheaters for a single stage of a single competition, though in…

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Fortnite’s World Cup Creative challenges builders instead of shooters this summer

Fortnite Battle Royale is feeling more and more like a misnomer of late. Its most recent foray out of the genre is a competitive Creative World Cup, five trials based around specific challenges created by famous Fortniters, with a final running alongside the regular World Cup finals this July. Good news for those who are better at putting up walls than sniping through them.

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11 months ago

Beep beep! Respawn vans are pulling up in Fortnite

The next update for unimaginably popular mega-hit Fortnite Battle Royale will bring in the ability to revive your teammates at various spots where Reboot Vans have been parked. No longer will you have to go on alone after your friends are wiped out by someone in an eerily unblinking, scuffed up panda head. Here’s a man in a banana costume explaining how it all works.

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Fortnite heats up with The Floor Is Lava mode

If the recent months of Epic Games hot takes and flamewars hadn't given you at least an inkling that Epic are the gods of hellfire and they bring us fire, they're now flooding the world with lava. Fortnite Battle Royale today launched its new 'The Floor Is Lava' event mode, which is a bit like that childhood favourite game except the lava is real and…

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Fortnite rolls out human hamster balls

Delightfully daft new orb vehicles are now rolling around Fortnite Battle Royale, big hamster ball-looking rollies complete with a grappling gun to swing around. I honestly couldn't tell you if this new 'Baller' vehicle is good because I, and everyone else I saw in one, was too busy larking about to play seriously. Which is certainly enough for me. Today's update also changed the rarely-used…

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12 months ago

Lawsuit claims Fortnite’s random loot boxes were ‘deceptive’

Epic Games’ lawyers seem to be being kept quite busy at the moment, with yet another lawsuit targeting the company. This latest filing, which targets the lesser played survival version of Fortnite, Save The World, alleges that the blind loot boxes (which were recently pulled from the game) were “a predatory scheme,” that “mercilessly…lured minors and other purchasers.”

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Yarr! Fortnite Season 8 erupts with lava and pirates

Pirates and their natural meme enemies, ninjas, have brought their decade-old cyberfight to Fortnite with the launch of Season 8. Epic have once again reshaped the landscape of their free-to-play battle royale 'em up, sprouting a volcano sicking up lava. What I'm most interested to see, however, is the pirate cannons now scattered around the map, which players can use to fire boooring cannon balls…

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Fortnite living life to the max with new Driftboards

A hoverboard has flipped a sick 720 nollie reverso ted talk into Fortnite Battle Royale today with this week's update. An earthquake is seemingly rumbling into action ahead of Season 8's start next week, perhaps signalling another cataclysmic climate-changing event, but if the snow might soon melt let's right now live an xtreme life to the max. These natty technoplanks let players whizz around at…

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1 year ago

Fortnite Battle Royale shaken up by earthquakes

I know Apex Legends has shaken up the scene, but it feels a little bit on-the-nose that Fortnite Battle Royale is literally cracking up under the pressure. Epic's all-consuming last man standing shooter is gearing up for another season, starting on February 28th, which means there's changes coming to its ever-shifting battlefield. Such change has previously been brought about by weird inter-dimensional antics and a…

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