Posts Tagged ‘Epic Games’

Fortnite Battle Royale has murderous World Cup fever

It’s goal time! The World Cup kicked off in Russia today, bringing together this blue marble’s 31 finest national football teams, and England, for a kickabout. Video games want in on this too, including Fortnite Battle Royale, though I’m not sure players quite get the sporting spirit. Epic’s free-to-play shooter (guns, not goals) has added a number of football pitches complete with kickable balls, and right now these are flooded with players trying to score goals (which does special celebratory effects!) to complete one of this week’s challenges. Do people enter into the World Cup spirit, lining up to pick sides for a friendly game? Do they bollocks. Read the rest of this entry »

A retrospective of Unreal, from the people who made it

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Unreal turned 20 years old this month. The extraterrestrial first-person shooter spawned (and showcased) a game engine whose descendants still motor on today. To commemorate all those screaming prisoners and innocent alien creatures killed at the hands of jumpy players, I got in touch with a handful of the original team and asked them to share their memories of making the first Skaarj conflict. This is how Unreal was made, from the perspective of the programmers, designers, artists and musicians who were there. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale adds rideable shopping trolleys

You can now recreate your favourite childhood accidents in Fortnite Battle Royale, as today’s update has added rideable shopping trolleys (‘carts’, for our American friends). You can coast along standing on the back or even ride atop a trolley while your pal pushes, making you the deadliest duo in Safeway. I’ve been scooting around on trolleys this afternoon and: it is great. Is it tactically useful? Mate, I’ve been too busy scooting up hill and down dale to pay any attention to murder. Oh, and the 20v20v20v20v20 event mode is back. Read the rest of this entry »

PUBG Corp to sue Epic Games over Fortnite similarities

Whoever wins, we lose.

A courtroom battle royale is brewing as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds developers PUBG Corp have filed a copyright suit against Fortnite Battle Royale studio Epic Games, The Korea Times reports. PUBG Corp claim that Fortnite Battle Royale violates their copyright. While the finer points of the Korean case have not yet been made public record, this could be the ‘further action’ contemplated by PUBG Corp’s parent company Bluehole last September.

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Fortnite Battle Royale mulls permanent big-squad mode

Ever since Fortnite Battle Royale first introduced 50v50 as a time-limited event mode last year, some folks–including Fraser Brown on this very site–have called for it to become a permanent fixture. Welll developers Epic Games haven’t confirmed that yet, but they have talked about keeping some sort of “larger squad mode” around at all times. They’ve been gabbing about what they’re working on right now, see, including improving performance and connections as well as adding a ‘Playground’ event mode for players to lark about. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale takes to the skies with jetpacks

Jetpacks have arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale as Epic continue to patch their free-to-play last-man-dancing shooter, letting lucky packfinders soar into the skies then unceremoniously splat down into the ground because oh god this is my first time with a jetpack does it have limited fuel oh no. Epic say jetpacks are “The first of a new item type, Backpacks” so I imagine we’ll get to strap more things to ourselves in future. How about a papoose so we can literally carry a less-skilled squadmate? Read the rest of this entry »

Unreal is free to celebrate its 20th birthday

“Dearest Alice, I do not play video games but fear I am insufficiently aware of my own mortality and am exploring every avenue to remedy that,” begins one of the many letters I received in the post this morning seeking my advice as a reputed expert in the field. “Which gaming platform would most frequently remind me that my youth is so very far behind me and all flesh is grass?”

Well, Margo From Bishop’s Stortford, PC gaming can definitely help you. Observe how the assembled commenters wail, weep, and tug at their scant remaining hairs as I say this simple sentence: Unreal came out twenty years ago today.

“What is Unreal?” Well Margo, right now you can download it for free to see for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Playstyle Royale: You can only build

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This is Playstyle Royale, where I head into… wait. This isn’t the (long neglected) series you all know and love where I play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds while adhering to arbitrary rules. This is that, but in Fortnite.

Fittingly, the rules this week say I can’t use a weapon until I’ve made it into the final two. My only defence? Building.

As usual, I’ve given myself five attempts. I probably should have written ‘unless’ rather than ‘until’, but I’m an optimist at heart. The intro stands: let’s do this!

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Fortnite v4.2 update adds apples, Recombobulators and new Burst Assault Rifles

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At last, scrumping has arrived in Fortnite. Update 4.2 has blessed the Battle Royale map with health-providing apples, which finally provides a much needed in-game explanation for why Doctors without Borders have steered clear of the conflict. I’ve been playing the game a whole bunch this week, and finding it surprisingly pleasant to kick back in a tower, look at the pretty sky and wait for trouble to come to me. Munching on the odd apple while I while away the minutes sounds…wholesome.

Tsk, I suppose you’re more interested in the new epic and legendary tier Burst Assault Rifles.

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Fortnite’s Infinity War is a little more finite than expected

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The good news: Earth is saved! The less good news: The Ribena Bully himself, Thanos, is headed home tomorrow after an all-too-brief appearance in mega-popular battle royale shooter Fortnite. We all knew that his appearance was going to be a temporary thing, but it does feel like he could have stuck around a little longer, even if Epic were having trouble balancing an alien god against a world full of fragile human fodder.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale’s 50v50 event mode is back

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Fortnite: Battle Royale’s world has experienced a lot of shake-ups lately. A gigantic comet destroyed part of the map. There’s an alien God mucking about. There’s a weirdo device about to be added. And now, the 50v50 mode has come back to lay waste to gigantic teams. It’s a bit of a surprise to see 50v50 return amid everything else, but on the other hand, helllllll yesssss.
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Wield the Infinity Gauntlet’s power in Fortnite’s Avengers crossover event

As if Fortnite Battle Royale smashing a comet into the map and wiping out an area wasn’t fancy enough, it turns out that comet contained the Infinity Gauntlet from those there Marvel movies. A new solo event mode lets one player grab the Gauntlet and be transformed into Thanos himself (the chinny smurf from Avengers: Infinity War), wielding superpowers as other players try to take ’em down and have their go with the glove. It adds an interesting element of uneasy and fleeting alliances, as Thanos is too tough for any one player to kill alone but everyone ultimately wants the win themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale v4.0 has pleasingly silly secrets

A superhero headquarters, a villainous base, and green screen rooms ideal for making silly videos are among the surprises players have discovered in Fortnite Battle Royale after yesterday’s big version 4.0 update. Other than the whole ‘a comet strike wiped out a whole area and scattered anti-grav crystals’, of course. Though Fortbaro started as straightforward cartoony Plunkbut with building, it has developed its own identity by getting sillier across seven months of updates. Even as someone who doesn’t dig Fortnite, from the sidelines I’m enjoying how Epic run it as a live game with surprises and teases leaning into the bits players talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale’s comet hits, starting season 4

The ominous comet which grew larger in the skies over Fortnite Battle Royale across many weeks has finally struck, reshaping parts of the map and kicking off the start of Season 4. Dusty Depot has borne the brunt of the strikes and become Dusty Divot, a big crater with a little research station. Other comet fragments have struck elsewhere on the map. The comet has scattered weird ‘Hop Rocks’ too, which give players a short burst of low gravity time to bounce around. It’s a strange and exciting time in the battleground. Here, watch the moment the meteors fell: Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale v3.6 slaps on sticky grenades

Sticky grenades have arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale with today’s update, latching onto people and giving them 2.5 seconds to panic before exploding. The ‘Clinger’, as the weapon’s officially named, is an interesting contrast to Fortnite’s guided missiles, which removed last week because they felt irritating and unfair to fight against. But if someone is close enough to stick you with a grenade, you’re close enough to shoot them in the face. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale removes guided missile launcher

Epic have removed the guided missile launcher from Fortnite Battle Royale as part of a hotfix bringing some other much-wanted changes too. Guided missiles have proved controversial since Epic added them at the end of March, often feeling frustratingly powerful and tricky to fight against. So those are gone for now. Epic have also fixed an issue which could interfere with firing while peeking, and removed some of the newly-added weapon switch delays. In short, less jank, less annoyance. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite Battle Royale revives 50v50, deploys Port-a-Fort

Wednesday is update day for Fortnite Battle Royale, and this week’s sees the welcome return of the 50v50 event mode that Fraser Brown enjoyed so much the first time. The update also adds the new Port-a-Fort item, a little grenade which somehow contains a three-storey metal fort that’ll pop up out of nowhere. But it spells an end to players cycling through shotguns for ridiculous burst damage, as there’s now a small delay on switching weapons. A replay system is in now too, so you can relive former glories. Read the rest of this entry »

Capitalism comes to Fortnite with new vending machines

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Got a mountain of resources stocked up, but nothing to do with them? Now you can just buy firepower direct as part of Fortnite‘s v3.4 content update. Vending machines have popped up across the Battle Royale map, ready to accept your scavenged savings in exchange for weaponry on demand, and offering a somewhat more static and predictable new facet to the otherwise chaotic shooter.

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Fortnite Battle Royale adds guided missile launcher

Epic Games today add to Fortnite Battle Royale a weapon I associate with the studio more than any other: a guided missile launcher. Find one of these and you’ll be flying missiles around through a first-person camera like it’s Unreal Tournament all over again. Heck, given that it’s possible to ride rockets in Fortnite, I do hope you can also taxi pals around on top of rockets – a bit like ye olde Strangelove mod. Today’s update also delivers lag improvements and the revamped return of the Sniper Shootout event mode. Read the rest of this entry »

Fortnite’s replay editor turns glory-hounds into directors

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I must admit that Fortnite – or Battle Royale shooters in general – are not my scene, but I’ve always been able to appreciate a good replay editor. It’s one thing to play back a match for highlights, but another thing entirely to be able to cut, pan and frame shot after shot for maximum drama, and be able to analyse exactly what your opponents did so wrong in order to get killed by you.

As part of a general suite of upgrades coming to the Unreal 4 engine, Fortnite will be used as a showcase for the new replay editor tech, before the tools become available for all Unreal developers to use later in the year. Within, a shiny new trailer cut with the tools, along with its Making Of dissection.

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