Posts Tagged ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’

Fortnite Battle Royale tossing remote explosives around

Remote explosives are always video game weapons I wish I were devious or patient enough to use properly. I’m like a child who can’t help but ruin a surprise birthday party by shouting “SURPRISE” the second they hear keys in the lock. But you know what, a little premature explosion in a battle royale game helps keep things surprising for your squadmates too; that’s my story and I am sticking to it. Fortnite Battle Royale added remotely-detonated explosives in its latest update this week, so watch your step. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale’s 20v20v20v20v20 mode is live


I should probably give Fortnite another chance. When I took a look at it last year, it played like a less tense version of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds – but it’s increasingly embracing a wackiness and an eagerness to experiment that’s tempting me back in.

Temporary modes are one way that it’s toying with the battle royale formula. Today’s patch features the one which just went live, pitting 5 teams of 20 against each other. I wasn’t sold on the 50 v 50 mode from a few months back because it sounded like a recipe for lopsided drag-a-thons, but this setup should leave room for exciting comebacks. There’s no word on how long the mode will last, but previous events have stuck around for a week.

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We were promised jetpacks: Fortnite Battle Royale adds new rifle instead


“When I was a kid we were told we’d have jetpacks,” says a panel show comedian whose name escapes you, “and yet I still have to walk to work like a caveman?” The host, a better comedian, nods politely at this trite sentiment. The jetman bangs the table as he cries “This isn’t the future I was promised!”

Fortnite Battle Royale yesterday delivered a future other than the one it promised, adding a new Hunting Rifle in this week’s update rather than the billed jetpacks. This is only a minor jetdelay, mind. Like real jetpacks, Fortnite’s are just around the corner. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite’s third season launches with a major patch, rocketmen (and women) and Not John Wick


The Kaiju-scale conflict between multiplayer behemoths Plunkbat and Epic’s Fortnite escalates just that little bit further, as Fortnite (and its free-to-play Battle Royale spinoff) begins its third season of live content, accompanied by a very lengthy patch log and a suite of new costumes and equipment skins to either buy or earn through the latest Battle Pass. Within, some patch highlights, a trailer featuring space-folk, silly dances and a sharply dressed hitman who looks just different enough from Keanu Reeves to avoid legal trouble.

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s latest event mode is all snipers and revolvers

The latest limited-run event mode in Fortnite Battle Royale is less dramatic than the 50v50 mode that Fraser Brown enjoyed so much, but it does offer a slight change of pace. ‘Sniper Shootout’ is its name, and arming players with only snipers and revolvers is how it affects the game. If you’re a fan of powerful shots with tension-filled pauses, or if you’re just plain rubbish with these guns and could use the practise, you’ve got until Friday the 2nd of February to click clack bang. Read the rest of this entry »

Epic to shut down struggling MOBA Paragon in April


I’d always gotten the impression that Paragon – Epic’s hybrid third-person shooter/MOBA hybrid – was maintaining a decently sized playerbase, even if it wasn’t keeping up with the likes of Smite, so this comes as a bit of a surprise.

Epic Games have announced their plans to close down the game on April 26th, and are offering full and direct refunds to anyone who put money down on it.

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Fortnite Battle Royale overhauls map, adds new city

A big Fortnite Battle Royale update today re-landscapes the map in the free-to-play Plunkbat fan game that all the cool kids are surely calling Fibre. The world overhaul drops a new city into the world, along with a new mine, a few other new places, and more variety across the land thanks to different biomes. Other big changes in today’s patch include disabling friendly fire (for now, anyway) and improving performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Future of Epic’s Paragon looks gloomy as Fortnite Battle Royale prospers

Epic Games have confirmed that updates for Paragon, their free-to-play MOBA, are slowing down, and that they have drafted people from the team to help on the runaway success that is Fortnite Battle Royale. While over 40 million people have downloaded Fortnite Battle Royale in under four months, according to Epic, Paragon has not found nearly the same success. In a candid public post, Epic addressed the gloomy tone of many players, saying, “Here inside Epic, we’re talking about the future of Paragon in pretty much the same terms as you’re talking about it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale gets silenced in next event mode

While I’m not interested in Fortnite Battle Royale‘s arcade-y take on 100-player murderfests, I do like the look of some of the special event modes that developers Epic Games have tried. Fraser Brown enjoyed its 50v50 mode, and the next sounds… well, it sounds quiet. To celebrate this week’s addition of a silenced pistol, over the weekend the ‘Sneaky Silencers’ mode will limit weapons to the suppressed pistol and SMG, while also “greatly” increasing the drop rate of the disguise that turns players into bushes. Probably not a mode for botanophobics. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale’s new mode needs to be a fixture


There were 30 of us left, down from the 50 we had at the start of Fortnite Battle Royale’s 50 vs. 50 mode. Almost all of us had managed to home in on the new safe zone before the circle closed in. We got to work immediately, silently intuiting what was needed. Walls. Many, many walls. And some elevation — stairs, in a pinch — that would let us see over the trees, and see the other team charging towards us. They came from every direction, announcing themselves with furious gunfire and a barrage of rockets.

Our makeshift fort changed as we needed it to. A new wall here. Some shelter to heal a downed teammate. A bit of cover for people to reload behind. I ducked and narrowly avoided coming face to face with a rocket, but then the wall behind me came down and bullets started to fly towards me. Seconds later and I was brought back into the fight by one of the players who had become a dedicated medic. The siege continued.

Fortnite’s never been this good before.

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s temporary 50 vs. 50 mode is live


If you reckon Fortnite Battle Royale’s squads are too small and don’t provide enough meat shields to cower behind, then have I got some good news for you. From now until December 17, you’ll be able to dive into completely ridiculous 50 vs. 50 battle royales. Fortnite’s probably going to get very, very messy for the next week. Check out the trailer below.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale is getting a new shooting model and special modes


Which is your favourite flavour of Battle Royale? On the one hand, a round of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds offers a deep, tense and immersive experience. On the other hand, Fortnite: Battle Royale lets you surf around on pumpkin rockets.

If you like your 100 player survivor clashes on the wacky side, then you might be interested in the development roadmap the Fortnite devs put up last week, where they talk about what they’re currently working on and what’s coming to the game in the future. It includes new modes, efforts to deal with team killers, and changes to the way shooting works.

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Surfing on pumpkin rockets in Fortnite looks amazing


Fortnite Battle Royale players have come up with what might be my favourite mode of transport I’ve ever seen in a video game. Forget about the wingsuit in Far Cry or the grappling hook in Just Cause, because Fortnite lets you surf on a rocket propelled pumpkin. The recent “Fortnitmare” Halloween update added the Jack-O-Launcher, a rocket launcher with a pumpkin attached that, it turns out, can act as a perfect platform for a human passenger. See it for yourself in the clips below.

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Two Fortnite players sued by Epic for making cheats

This man isn't the victim of a cheater, he's just got bad aim

Epic Games, creators of survival-ish zombie game Fortnite [official site], are suing two players for allegedly making and using cheats for the crafty cartoon game, and for “ruining the game playing experience of others who do not cheat”. TorrentFreak got a hold of two complaints filed in a North Carolina court, both of which suggest the developer is bringing out the big lawguns when it comes to hackers and cheatfolk.
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Fortnite Battle Royale sparks Unreal Engine improvements, starts banning cheaters

Epic have been busy this week with Fortnite [official site] in both its PvE and Battle Royale forms. Over in Battle Royale (which is free), Epic have added a duo mode and started banning cheaters in their thousands. Epic have also been working on technical improvements to Unreal Engine itself that should benefit any game throwing 100 players into a big world to fight. Pointing this out seems a bit of a passive-aggressive wink to how the makers of Playerunknown’s Battleground have grumbled about the possibility of Epic keep any such improvements to themselves. Cheeky! And for Fortnite PvE (which will be F2P but isn’t yet), the new Horde Bash mode has launched. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale plays second fiddle to Plunkbat

All aboard the Battlebus

You know the drill. 100 players get dropped from a plane balloon-bus onto an island, where they scavenge for weapons with which to kill each other. A circular wall of death contracts at various intervals to force everyone together, until there’s only one person left standing.

Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode was released on Tuesday for free via the Epic Games launcher, and I’ve taken a break from Plunkbat to find out how it compares. It’s not quite a chicken dinner, but it’ll do for a starter.

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Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode released for free


“DIY Left 4 Dead” game, Fortnite [official site], has released its Battle Royale mode for free via the Fortnite client. Developers Epic Games have also added new weapons and features including crate drops and support for groups of 2-4, along various fixes for the (still paid-for, until the game releases) PvE mode.

While Brendan wasn’t hot for Fortnite itself in his early access review, with its repetitive loops and “free-to-play trashtrappings”, the PvP mode won’t currently try to sell you anything and might be worth checking out. Especially for freesies.

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Fortnite’s Battle Royale goes F2P next week [updated]

Update: Epic have been in touch to clarify that no, Fortnite Battle Royale won’t be standalone. It’ll be free within the Fortnite client while Actual Fortnite will remain paid until it launches in 2018.

The Battle Royale mode coming to Fortnite [official site] will become free for everyone whether they’ve bought the PvE campaign or not, Epic Games announced today. So far, playing the Battle Royale mode has required buying into the sandbox build-o-craft-a-shooter’s early access. But next week on Tuesday the 26th, everyone will be invited to play Battle Royale free while PvE remains paid. Fortnite Battle Royale will eventually sell cosmetic items and bits but it should initially just be free-free. As the old saying advises: plunk while the bat is hot. Read the rest of this entry »