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Fortnite’s new 50v50 mode takes to the skies

Another variation of Fortnite Battle Royale's megamurdering 50v50 event mode has arrived in today's patch, and it's a good'un. The "Soaring 50's" limited time mode sends 50v50 airborne by letting players redeploy their glider when in mid-air, adding a huge amount of mobility to help get around and bust through the vast forts that sprawl across the landscape when dozens of players start building together.…

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Explosions aplenty in new Fortnite Battle Royale event mode

This week's Fortnite Battle Royale is a real double blammy, re-adding the exiled guided missile launcher and launching a new event mode filled with explosives and jetpacks - always a sensible combination. 100 players leaping and rocketing around while launching rockets, piloting missiles, and phlunging grenades makes for some silly fun, from the rounds I've played. And I'm not just saying that because long-dormant Quake…

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Fortnite Battle Royale throws birthday party for some game named… Fortnite?

Birthday cake and decorations are yours to grab in Fortnite Battle Royale following today's update, in celebration of the first birthday of... hang on, FBR ('Fibber' to its friends) is only nine months old. What is this? It seems those scamps at Epic Games are pretending the birthday is celebrating something called 'Fortnite: Save The World', which is a hoax game name if I've ever…

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Worlds collide in Fortnite Battle Royale Season 5

After weeks of mysterious events with in-game rocket launches and vanishings crossing over into our world, Epic's free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale today kicked off Season 5 with a big world-changing update. Viking longboats, ancient statues, and a chuffing great desert biome have appeared on the once-verdant island, for starters. And how better to see the new sights than in the new kart vehicle, which can…

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Fortnite’s first major esports season starts this weekend

Fortnite may have taken over the world and forced the BBC to dedicate a comical number of hours to silly dances and pondering if they're corrupting our youth, but until now it hadn't entirely dominated esports. That's liable to change soon, as Epic are putting $8,000,000 in the pot for their upcoming Summer Skirmish series of competitive events; eight weeks of big money matches, with…

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Fortnite burger mascot survives interdimensional journey

Uh. Okay. Where to start here? So, last weekend, you might remember that within the world of Fortnite (a video game) a one-time event occurred when a rocket was launched from a secret underground bunker and tore a hole in the sky (of a video game). What does that giant rip in the fabric of space-time mean for the game? No one knows. What we…

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Fortnite’s Playground mode is a “first step” towards “full creative mode”

The 'Playground' sandbox mode that's currently seeing players cover Fortnite Battle Royale in everything from Mario Kart-esque trolley-racing tracks to elaborate pranks is only temporary, but Epic are already planning to bring it back and dreaming bigger. They're talking about having a "full creative mode" eventually, taking it weirdly full circle to the days when Fortnite was more of a Minecraftbut than a battle royale…

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Fortnite landmarks vanishing as cracks in the sky grow

A horrifying tomatoman mascot has gone missing as Fortnite Battle Royale continues to reel in the aftermath of Saturday's rocket launch. The rocket, which launched in a one-off live in-game event, left a big crack in the sky is still growing. And bit by bit, day by day, parts of the world are vanishing. Rifts have opened around signs, landmarks, and the horrorfruitman atop a…

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Fortnite Battle Royale’s sandbox Playground mode is live

After a busy week which included a live rocket launch which cracked the sky and game servers falling over, Fortnite Battle Royale found its feet again today. There's still a honking great crack in the sky which continues to splinter outwards day by day, sure, but Epic have fixed problems with the building sandbox 'Playground' mode and relaunched it. The customary weekly patch is live…

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Streaming service Rainway exposes the scale of the Fortnite virus problem

Battle royale shooter Fortnite is a phenomenon now, but with many millions of players comes big problems, especially when the audience skews a little younger than average and the game is free to play. Last Tuesday, engineers at game-streaming service Rainway noticed tens of thousands of automatically logged errors flooding in, all of them coming from Fortnite players.It was time for their tech team to…

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Fortnite cracks the sky with gigantic rocket; probably not good

Fortnite: Battle Royale is no stranger to royal displays of extravagance. Heck, that good spacedaddy Thanos ran amok in there for a while. But today, we've witnessed a Once In A Game experience: they shot a rocket into the sky and it made the sky not work anymore. We're not sure what it means, but there's plenty of video of what went down, and certainly…

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The clock is ticking on Fortnite’s big event this Saturday

You might want to duck and cover if you're playing Fortnite: Battle Royale tomorrow, Saturday at 1:30pm EST (6:30pm BST for us UK folks). Epic have been teasing some manner of big in-game event to tie up its current superhero-themed season and it probably involves big, very dangerous looking rockets. A countdown displayed on TV screens throughout the battle royale shooter's world suggests that it's going down…

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Fortnite Battle Royale adds sandbox mode, dual pistols

Because time is a brick bouncing around inside a washing machine until it shakes the universe to pieces, Fortnite Battle Royale has launched a sandbox mode which lets players get away from intense 100-player murder to focus more on building and larking about with their pals. Who knows, perhaps Epic might next add a cooperative PvE mode to Fortnite. For now, the 'Playground' event mode…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale end mega-daft legal battle

The makers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds have dropped their lawsuit against Fortnite Battle Royale makers Epic Games, ending a battle whose premise was even dafter than their own 'stag & hen weekend banter gets out of hand, escalates to murder'. PUBG Corp and parent company Bluehole had long griped about how similar Fortnite was to Plunkbat then in May escalated their discontent to court, claiming Epic…

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Epic sue over ‘irreparable injury’ caused by Fortnite leaks

Perhaps inspired by their recent meteor-dropping event in Fortnite, Epic Games are aiming a megaton weight at one of their former QA contractors. They claim that former QA guy Thomas Hannah leaked the true target of May's map-changing meteor back in late April, giving hints to someone who then posted about it on Reddit in a now-deleted post. Epic Games claim that they've suffered "actual losses" and "irreparable…

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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…

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Feature: 20 years later...

A retrospective of Unreal, from the people who made it

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…

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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…

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PUBG Corp to sue Epic Games over Fortnite similarities

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…

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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,…

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