Fortnite Brings Back Limited Time Modes Team Rumble and Unvaulted Duos


Epic Games is celebrating the new year by bringing back some older Fortnite game types—for a limited time, Team Rumble is back for the battle royale mode of the game. Joining Team Rumble is another returning mode called Unvaulted, which is only playable in duos.

Team Rumble is basically a version of Team Deathmatch, though with the full player count to bring the battle up to 50 versus 50. Unlike in other gametypes, respawning is available in Team Rumble, with players keeping their old inventories for the next bout after their death.

Unvaulted is what it sounds like—older weapons that were put aside from the game and “vaulted” are back for a limited amount of time. Not all of these weapons will be available, though. The Tactical Submachine Gun, the Bouncers, and Impulse Grenades make a return, but others like the Drum Gun will remain retired for now, it seems.

The Unvaulted mode initially appeared in the “14 Days of Fortnite” event, which Epic Games bungled the communication regarding scheduling for and recently issued an apology. As a more explicit celebration for the new year, Fortnite had an hourly New Year’s event starting at the end of New Year’s Eve.

Players of Fortnite can enjoy season 7 content right now on all platforms the game it is available on, including the PC, Mac, Switch, Xbox One, PS4, iOS, and Android.

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Rapper Plans to Sue Epic Games for Fortnite’s “Swipe It” Emote


A rapper from Brooklyn named “2 Milly” is planning to file a lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games for allegedly stealing his choreography for an emote in-game that players can purchase.

Apparently, the rapper’s signature move – titled the “Milly Rock” – had been circulating the internet for a while before Epic Games used it as a basis for their “Swipe It” emote in the Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass. A quick search of the emote in-game actually brings up a YouTube video from July 2018 that even calls the dance the Milly Rock emote.

Speaking to CBS News, 2 Milly states that Epic’s decision to actually sell the emote in-game rather than it be a free cosmetic is where he “really was like … oh nah, this can’t go on too long.” Popular hip hop artist Chance the Rapper tweeted back in July that “Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes.”

“Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them.”

The rapper is now looking for legal advice in hopes of filing a lawsuit against the company, however the vagueness behind copyrighting work such as choreography and dance moves is giving him a hard time.

We have reached out to Epic Games for comment and will update this article if we hear back.



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Fortnite’s Latest Update Pits Food Mascots Against One Another


Fortnite‘s newest patch is no short of weird, adding a full on Tachanka-style mounted turret into the game for players to spray each other with bullets. Not just that, but an all-new Limited Time game mode featuring a yuge wall that pits two teams against one another has been added.

The update also features the removal of the controversial Glider re-deploy mechanic that Epic Games had been testing over the course of a few weeks. This feature allowed players to pull out their glider whenever they wanted, making fall damage practically useless. Some players loved this, while others did not.

Glider re-deploy has been disabled in all default game modes, it only remains in Playground and the brand new Food Fight LTM. The Food Fight game mode pits two teams of players against one another in a race to protect their mascot.

One team are the Tomatoheads, while the others are Beef Bosses. A wall with a 5 minute timer stands in between either fort, which is to be defended while attacking the opponents’ base. I’ve played a bit of it; it’s quite fun and a nice break from the classic mode, however it’s quite repetitive. Maybe four teams would have been a better version.

Finally, the update also adds a Mounted Turret into the game. You read right. Fortnite, the game which promotes building and mobility, now includes a Mounted Turret. Who knows how long that’ll last, with the history of vaulted items and all.

Fortnite is available on pretty much every current platform. You can buy the brand new Deep Freeze physical bundle on Amazon for $29.99 USD now.


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Fortnite Teases Halloween Event “Fortnitemares” Through Cryptic Tweets


As we approach All Hallows’ Eve, Fortnite Battle Royale only seems to be getting spookier. Even with a new multiplayer season centered around a haunted castle, invisibility-granting Shadow Stones, and “corrupted areas,” Epic Games appears to be upping the ante with an upcoming event straight-up called “Fortnitemares.”

While Epic hasn’t revealed specific details on Fortnitemares as of yet, some mysterious tweets from the official Fortnite account have a lot to hint at. It is quite obvious that this event will bring new Halloween-themed skins and emotes, with a tweet starting off with a mention of “costumes and dancing,” but the tweet continues as a rhyme, possibly hinting at some gimmicky skins with “They could be friendly, / Or a ghoul in disguise.”

A tweet the next day contained the rhyme: “Tombstones quake, / Keep your finger steady. / The circle will close, / Better be ready.” While I couldn’t speculate much on the image of the corrupted cube being chained in the tweet’s image, the words do indeed make it sound as if some new limited time mode is coming for this event.

And just this morning, the Fortnite account tweeted out yet another rhyme, with the featured image focusing on a revolver. Fortnite fans will undoubtedly remember that the revolver was “vaulted” and taken out of the game indefinitely last month, so this tweet could be heralding its triumphant return. I’ve also seen some speculation that this could be hinting at a limited time mode revolving around, er, revolvers and a limited amount of ammo, a la “One in the Chamber.”

Whatever the case, the teases look like they will keep on coming. It will be interesting to see if Epic does any similar Halloween hijinx with the Save the World mode, which recently had its free-to-play debut delayed out of 2018. On the off-chance that any parents with kids who enjoy Fortnite and are somewhat confused by it are reading this, be sure to check out our parents’ guide to the game. Meanwhile, feel free to sound off in the comments on your own takes of these teases.



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Fortnite In-Game Tournaments Are Beginning Tomorrow


While anyone who casually follows and plays Fortnite is likely used to seeing news of tournaments with professionals, new in-game tournaments will allow anyone to join the fray. Initially leaked by accident on October 11, Epic Games officially made the announcement today on their blog that In-Game Tournaments for Fortnite are beginning tomorrow, October 16.

The addition will come with tomorrow’s 6.10 update for the game. Each tournament session will have players begin on an even-level playing field, with competitors scoring points either through their final placement during matches or by racking up kills. Matchmaking will pair players with those at a similar skill and point level.

With the game on multiple platforms and utilizing either a mouse and keyboard, controller, or a touch screen, gameplay balance was a concern for Epic—however, the developer assures that their observations from multiple competitive events have led them to believe that controller players are able to stand their ground against keyboard and mouse users.

Below is the initial tournament schedule that Epic provided in their blog post:

On release, the following tournaments will be scheduled in NA*, EU, BR, ASIA, and OCE regions.  Scheduled times will vary by region – check the tournament inside the client for details.

  • Alpha Tournament (Solo)
    • Dates: October 16 – October 21
    • Description: Participate in the first in-game tournament, spanning across several days of daily competition!
  • Beta Tournament (Duo)
    • Dates: October 23 – October 25
    • Description: Grab a friend and take on the world – until you are the last two left.
  • Friday Night Fortnite (Squad)
    • Dates: October 19 – November 30
    • Description: Join your friends every Friday and kick off your weekend with some exciting Squad action.
  • Salty Springs Cup (Solo)
    • Dates: October 27 – October 31
    • Description: One week and three attempts to prove you’re the saltiest that Salty Springs has to offer.
  • Tomato Temple Cup (Duo)
    • Dates: October 28 – November 1
    • Description: Become legends of the Tomato Temple Cup.

*Note: NAE and NAW are combined together into the same tournament, but players will still connect to their nearest server except in low population circumstances primarily when a player has a high score.

Fortnite recently added a new rocket launcher and the “Chiller” trap to the game, and the limited time mode Disco Domination is currently in rotation.



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Fortnite Account Merging Coming in November, Unlinking and Linking Coming Soon


Sony made the completely unexpected announcement that Fortnite would have cross-platform play and progression with PlayStation 4 and competing consoles Xbox One and Nintendo Switch—now, Epic Games is getting into the nitty-gritty, promising the feature of account merging for this November.

The feature is important to many who own multiple consoles; initially, those who had their Epic account linked to their PlayStation Network accounts were unable to use those same accounts on other platforms. As a result, these players made a separate account for Switch or Xbox One, perhaps buying items on different accounts. According to Epic, these Fortnite Battle Royale purchases can be combined eventually.

Coming sooner in “a few days,” according to an official post from Epic on the Fortnite Battle Royale subreddit, is the ability to unlink your Epic account from a console and relinking a separate Epic account with that console. Say you decided to make your Switch-related Epic account your primary place to play, as opposed to the PS4; it sounds like you’ll be able to unlink whatever account you have linked to your PS4 and log in with your Switch-related Fortnite account on that console instead.

This is still a lot to take in; it wasn’t long ago when Sony pushed back on the idea of cross-play, saying that their platform was the “best” one to play on. Check back later when Epic has specific dates for these features, and read their Reddit announcement below.

Multiple Console Account Info from r/FortNiteBR



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Fortnite Experiencing Log-In Issues Across All Platforms; Epic Games is Working on the Problem


Fortnite has taken the world by storm thanks to its massively popular Battle Royale mode and continued stream of new content and updates, and while the game’s playerbase continues to grow across consoles, PC, and mobile, the past day or so has seen the game struggling with some notable log-in and matchmaking issues.

Players of the massively popular Fortnite have been experiencing a variety of log-in issues with the game across all platforms over the past day, and developer Epic Games has revealed via Twitter that there has been a “critical failure” with one of the account service databases for the game that has resulted in “ongoing extended instability” for players to log-in and play, leading to instability for log-ins and matchmaking.

Epic explained in a post on the Battle Royale mode’s subreddit that the studio is currently investigating the issues, and according to their most recent update, the studio has possibly found the problem and is working speedily to “bring the game fully back up.”

Currently there is no estimate or window for when the game will be back online, but Epic Games assured that it will provides updates “hourly” on the status of the game’s servers and when players can hop back online to claim their Victory Royale.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and iOS.



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Drake and Ninja Break Twitch’s Viewer Record Playing Fortnite


What do you get when you mix Champagnepapi with one of Twitch’s biggest up-and-comers? A lot of Twitch Views.

You can check out a video of the stream below.

Last night, Drake and Ninja got together with some Controlla-s to play some of Epic Games’ Fortnite. While it may already be the biggest multiplayer game right now, it doesn’t hurt to put the game’s most popular streamer and rapper-singer-songwriter-entertainer-memelord together.

The stream topped out at over 600,000 viewers, which blows the previous record, held by Dr. DisRespect at 400,000, out of the water and establishes a new Legend.

The stream had already gained traction on Twitch’s front page, but as soon as Drake tweeted about it, the viewer count skyrocketed.

This goes to show that Fortnite Battle Royale has infiltrated even the upper echelons of the rap game which goes to show just how big the battle royale format has gotten. Fortnite recently became the most watched game on Twitch and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. You can check out the game’s most recent update here.

Watch Squads with Drake, Travis and JuJu you heard me. | @Ninja on Twitter and Instagram from Ninja on www.twitch.tv



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Fortnite Reaches New Heights, Boasting 3.4 Million Concurrent Players


Were you around for the Fortnite server debacle last weekend? Players experienced a tremendous wait times and full online failure for the game, without a ton explanation from developer Epic Games on what the underlying issue is. However, following today’s announcement about the issue, it is entirely understandable — Fortnite reached 3.4 million concurrent users, setting a new milestone for the growing battle royale genre.

News comes directly from Epic Games in a half-blog post, half-job listing earlier today. The actual post itself swings widely technical in nature, but the bullet points speak to Epic Games claim that Fortnite is now the “biggest PC/console game in the world!”

The claim is obviously an incredible one, and it directly rivals the initiator in the battle royale movement, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. While people have become used to boasting of PUBG‘s incredible growth, it would appear that Fortnite has now overtaken them. According to data aggregate Steamcharts, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds all-time peak for concurrent players is 3,236,027 players — under the 3.4 million point for Epic’s battle royale version.

Of course, it isn’t possible to say with certainty that this number is record-breaking as PUBG’s peak came post-Xbox One launch, so the current figure doesn’t include Xbox One concurrent players. If, for example, at least 170,000 Xbox One players were playing at that time, Fortnite‘s seeming record may still be under PUBG‘s peak.

The writing has been on the wall that Fortnite is a growing success — so much so that Epic Games is abandoning other major projects and offering refunds to all players. This, of course, is a boon to other studios looking to sweep up the now-available market.

Even if this may not be the worldwide record that Epic Games is positioning it to be, it is undoubtedly still a huge achievement. Fortnite is available as a free-to-play game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.



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Recent Fortnite Login Issues and Service Instability Caused by Meltdown Prevention Update


Epic Games’ co-op-building-game-turned-battle-royale Fortnite has hit a few bumps recently as players began reporting issues with the game affecting connectivity when trying to log in. These recent hitches, however, have turned out to be the result of a much-needed update to prevent vulnerabilities within the game itself.

Further explanation of the Meltdown vulnerability can be found here. A graph of back-end service CPU utilization can be seen below.

The “Meltdown” vulnerability allow programs to steal data, including sensitive information, from the affected computer or cloud network. Fortnite, as it turns out, runs much of its back-end processes through a cloud service– thankfully that cloud service has implemented an update to prevent this vulnerability.

This update more than doubled the CPU usage on Epic Games’ cloud servers and caused players to run into trouble when attempting to log in, or even remain connected to the game.

In a recent post, Epic Games has stated that these issues may persist throughout the week as sed cloud services are updated further. Players have found it particularly hard in the past few days to accrue battle pass points towards this season’s unlockable skins.

Fortnite is available now for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can read more about the game, including the recent missing inventory issue, here. You can also check out the latest Holiday update and all of the game’s new additions here.



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