If you’re an Android mobile user and have been waiting patiently for your chance to try out Fortnite, now’s your chance! Epic has announced that the game is now available, however, don’t go looking for it on Google Play. The download for the beta client is directly from the Fortnite site.
The v6.1 Fortnite patch notes have been published on the official site. As always, they are packed with fun new toys for the Battle Royale players to torment their opponents with. This week is no exception with the addition of the new “Chiller”, a frost trap that can freeze foes OR be used as something similar to a snowboard for a quick escape.
In his latest opinion piece at GameSpace.com, Poorna Shankar tears into the PR-speak over the last couple of weeks since the announcement by Sony that it would be “allowing” cross play between PlayStation 4 and the other available platforms for Fortnite. While it is a magnificent thing for players and we all should be thrilled with it, it’s equally important to see the bigger picture.
Sony has responded to increasing player unhappiness at the lack of cross play between PlayStation 4 and all of the other available Fortnite platforms. As of today an “extended Fortnite cross-play beta” has started for PlayStation 4 “following a comprehensive evaluation process”. The news came via the PlayStation Blog penned by Sony Interactive President John Kodera. Most notably, Kodera says that “this represents a major policy change for SIE” going forward.
Epic has laid out the first details for its Fortnite Fall Skirmish season that is scheduled to begin in October. Everyone will be able to participate and a number of tweaks to the previous system will be implemented thanks to data gleaned from 78.3 players taking part in the game in August. Having such a large body of data “exposed weak points and allowed [Epic] to make targeted improvements to critical systems such as stats and servers”.
A New York man has been arrested for threatening an 11-year-old student who had just beaten him in Fortnite. The man, Michael Aliperti, then threatened the boy by telling him that he was going to shoot him and “stated that he knew where he went to school”. Aliperti was then arrested and charged with “aggravated harassment and acting in a manner to injure a child”.
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has dashed the hopes of Fortnite players hoping for true crossplay between all of the available platforms. The company has been under a lot of pressure from Epic and the Fortnite community to open up full cross play on all platforms. While the PS4 version of Fortnite is crossplay-compatible with PC and mobile, it is not with XBox One and Switch. In a recent interview, Yoshida said that “PlayStation is the best place to play”.
The latest update has dropped into Fortnite, this time bringing with it the arrival of the Double Barrel Shotgun, a specialist in devastating close-combat firepower. In addition, the Steady Storm Limited Time Mode is present in Battle Royale: “The Storm waits for no player and there are no safe zones. Stay aware of the map and keep moving it to the center of the circle in Steady the Storm LTM.”
The latest Fortnite patch notes have been posted with the good news that the Guided Missile is making a return. Epic has toned down the power level with a big damage reduction and an increase in fuse duration, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not gonna be a blast as an opponent runs screaming in an empty effort to escape! To celebrate the Fly Explosives Limited Time Mode is back with jetpacks and lots of KABOOM!
Bloomberg has analyzed Epic Games and has placed its corporate value between $5B and $8.5B. While the valuation is based on all of Epic’s business holdings, including the licensing of the Unreal Engine, it is clear that “Fortnite mania fuels Epic growth to $8.5B” as the headline reads at Bloomberg. Fortnite alone is estimated to see over $2B in earnings this year, something that has propelled Epic to new heights.