Posts Tagged ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’

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 »

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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Turtle Beach credit battle royale for selling headsets

Once upon a time, Myst got many to buy a CD-ROM drive. Quake was the reason to own a 3D accelerator. The question asked of new PCs for years was “Will it run Crysis?” And, er, cryptocurrencies are devouring new graphics cards. Now, it seems multiplayer battle royale shooters are boosting sales of headsets.

Once-struggling audio hardware company Turtle Beach have credited the mega-popularity of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale with a large role in reversing their fortunes. It seems many people are finding themselves in want of a decent headset to ask “Where we dropping, lads?”, to sing Chelsea Dagger, and to hear footsteps too I guess. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Podcast: Being a critic makes games better (and worse)

This is how Adam will leave us next week. In a truck

Oh no. Somebody sound the “journalists discussing journalism” klaxon. Rattle it as loudly and furiously as possible, because the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about how being a critic changes the way we play. Don’t blame us, blame listener Aleksei, who sent in the theme as a suggestion. But please also forgive Adam, because it’s his last showing on the podcast (he’s leaving RPS next week) so he deserves a bit of self-indulgence. 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 »

Putting forts back into Fortnite

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Despite being someone who takes a whole day just to put up a shelf, I’m more of a builder than a fighter. That’s a problem in Fortnite Battle Royale, where forts don’t get much of a look in. The fleeting 50 vs. 50 mode scratched my itch for building citadels but has since left a conspicuous gap. It’s one I’ve spent the last few days attempting to fill.

In squads, duos and solo, building is reactive. If you’re out in the open and someone starts shooting, you can throw down some walls and a ramp so you can peek out. Maybe you want to scale a cliff, so you plonk down some platforms and stairs. The pace and shrinking play area suggests that there isn’t room for more, but I wanted to see for myself.

It’s been going poorly.

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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

Good cinematography, costumes need work.

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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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

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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

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“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 »