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Fortnite and Smash Bros. Ultimate - Switch 'My Way' commercial (French)

That's an interesting pairing for a commercial. We've seen plenty of Smash Bros. Ultimate segments in recent commercials, but it's been awhile since Fortnite got some screen time. I guess Nintendo feels there's still some marketing power behind the title!

Epic Announces Fortnite World Cup Creative

How creative!

If you haven’t already heard, the Fortnite World Cup Online Qualifiers kicked off April 13 and concludes with the Fortnite World Cup Finals in New York City from July 26 - 28. The Fortnite World Cup is part of our $100,000,000 commitment towards competitive play in 2019, but that prize pool isn’t limited to Battle Royale gameplay.

We’re proud to announce Fortnite World Cup - Creative!

More Ways to Win

Five events, five different Creative trials, all built by community Creators.

Fortnite World Cup Creative trials will feature five events, each focused on a new Creative game. Fifteen participants will then be selected to face off in the ultimate Creative competition at the Fortnite World Cup Finals for a chance to win a piece of a $3,000,000 Creative prize pool.

Qualify

The road to the Fortnite World Cup Creative Finals includes five showcase events running from April 29 - June 7. Every week you’ll have a chance to try out the latest Creative trial and submit your best clip using the event specific hashtag on YouTube. Our special Fortnite captains will select the top submissions as winners. The selected winners each week will be headed to New York City to participate in the Fortnite World Cup Creative Finals!

We’ll kick things off with the first trial, built and judged by Cizzorz. Tune into Fortnite’s social channels and follow Cizzorz online for the latest news on the first Creative trial. Every other week a new Creative trial will be revealed, with more opportunities to qualify for the Finals!

Stay tuned to Fortnite social channels for updates on the Fortnite Creative World Cup. Expect more info on each trial coming soon from each of the captains.

Fortnite - Version 8.40 now available

Take to the skies

Fortnite has been bumped up to Version 8.40, and this update includes quite a bit of content. Check out the patch notes below.

Air Royale Limited Time Mode

Pilot the X-4 Stormwing in this Limited Time Mode as you fight to become the last plane flying! Complete free Challenges to unlock brand new Wraps as you rule the skies.

Infantry Rifle

New rarities for this precise, semi-automatic weapon are available now! Find and wield the Epic/Legendary variants and deliver accurate fire downrange.

LIMITED TIME MODE: AIR ROYALE

Climb aboard a plane and take to the skies in this fast-paced mode where players fight to be the last one flying!

Mode Details

Air Royale is lifting off as a Duos-only mode.
Each plane has 3 lives, players will respawn until they lose their plane's last life.
Touching the ground will instantly eliminate players.
Parking a plane on the ground for more than a few seconds will cause it to explode - stay airborne!
Hijacking another team's plane will add that plane to your existing number of plane lives (and cost the team who lost the plane a life).
The storm has a ceiling that gradually lowers during the match. Be careful not to fly too high late in the match!
Loot chests of five different rarities will fall from the sky, allowing players to upgrade the guns they are carrying as well as boosting their plane's weapons for a short time.
To receive the contents of a Chest, simply fly through it.
If players receive loot from a Chest containing a weapon they already have that's of the same or worse quality, they’ll receive additional ammo.
Chests with higher quality guns will automatically replace the lower quality weapon that’s being carried.
Floating repair kits can also be found, these heal damaged planes and grant health & shields to players.

LIMITED TIME MODE: FOOD FIGHT - DEEP FRIED

Two teams on either side of the map. A huge barrier down the middle. Lava steadily rising up from below. Build a fort to protect your restaurant mascot. When the Barrier lowers, destroy the enemy's mascot and then eliminate the remaining enemies to win the match!

Mode Details

An impassable barrier will be spawned along the center of the map for the first several minutes. Lava starts rising from beneath the map a few minutes into the match.
Each team will have an under-construction restaurant near the center of the map. Inside is a giant mascot head representing that team.
If the mascot head is destroyed, that team loses the ability to respawn when eliminated.
Players should use the time that the barrier is up to construct a defensive fortress around their restaurant.
As soon as the barrier lowers, fight to take out their mascot before they destroy yours!
Special red supply drops spawn at match start. These hold a handful of weapons, ammo, consumables, traps and a few hundred metal building materials.
Players will respawn when eliminated, keeping their inventory & dropping some ammo and resources.
100 percent extra resources are gained from farming.
Building resources found on the ground increased from 30 to 50 per instance.
No explosive weapons or items are in this mode.
A small amount of free building materials are granted to each player every second.
The restaurants are now much higher, requiring players to build up to them.
May the best food win!

WEAPONS + ITEMS

Egg Launcher
Everyone’s favorite egg-themed Grenade Launcher skin is back!
This is a visual only change for the Grenade Launcher.

Infantry Rifle
Added Epic and Legendary Infantry Rifle variants.
Deals 42/44 damage.
Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Supply Drops and Vending Machines.
Uses Medium Ammo.

GAMEPLAY

You can now pet the dog... and other Pets!
The Battle Pass Friend XP Bonus has been upgraded!
Instead of giving a small XP boost to each friend in your party, you now get a larger XP boost for partying with one or more friends.
The overall total XP Bonus remains the same (120%) and will now be much easier to keep active
In short, play any match with any number of friends and you'll be getting the same amount of XP as someone who's been playing with a full squad of Battle-Pass-owning friends.

Check out the full patch notes here

RUMOR - Is this a tease of Fortnite getting another Avengers tie-in?

Looks like dataminers might have been right


As we've already shared, dataminers combing through Fortnite recently found some data pointing to Thanos' return to the game. There was a limited-time mode where players could transform into Thanos and wreak havoc, and many are hoping that the content found by dataminers signals another event to tie in with Avengers: Endgame. Now we have a tweet that could certainly be a tease of that content.

The tweet above comes from Donald Mustard, Worldwide Creative Director at Epic. Mr. Mustard is clearly referencing Fortnite here, as Robert Downey Jr. is wearing a Fortnite shirt in the pic. You also know that Mr. Mustard has to be well-aware that fans are already talking about a Thanos return in the game. Even Geoff Keighley of the Video Game Awards' fame replied to the tweet with a pair of investigative emoji, so it seems he believes something to be up as well.

Dataminers find two more items slated for Fortnite

Drones on the way?

Dataminers continue their never-ending search for new content in Fortnite, which has resulted in the discovery of two new items. While we don't have details on when they'll drop or what they'll do, we can see that something called the Zebulon Drone is on the way, as well as an item called the Shadow Bomb. I guess we'll have to hang tight and wait for more info from Epic on these.

Fortnite's Version 8.30.2 update available

Tweaks to Version 8.30

We released the v8.30.2 client update today, April 12 at 6AM ET(1000 UTC) to fix some issues that appeared after releasing the v8.30 update. You can find full details below on all the fixes included in this client update.

Battle Royale

Fixed an issue that was causing matchmaking errors when attempting to join a party without a direct invite from the party leader.
Fixed an issue where players would not respawn at the Reboot Van if it was being used by two players at the same time and one player stopped interacting with it during the channel time.

Creative

Fixed an issue where players were unable to jump if they joined a game in progress and there were spawn pads in the game.
Fixed an issue where players were not invulnerable to damage immediately after respawning.

All Game Modes

Fixed an issue where traps could appear inside of surfaces, making them difficult to see.
Fixed an issue where the friend list was not sorting properly. Friends playing Fortnite now appear at the top of the list.
Made various stability fixes/improvements.

Thanos might be coming back to Fortnite

Help us, Ant-Man!

Some time ago, Fortnite ran an Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mode where you could play as Thanos. The player could transform into Thanos by grabbing the Infinity Gauntlet when it dropped into the map, and then wreak havoc on other players. The mode didn't last long, and most players expected it to be a one-and-done event. Some new evidence shows that might not be the case.

Dataminers pouring through the game have recently found some new lines of dialog in the source code that directly refer to Thanos. The lines "yielded to the power of Thanos" and "unleashed an inferno on" popped up, and while some say those lines could be leftovers from the mode's original run, it's hard to believe that dataminers would have missed them the first time around.

With Avengers: Endgame right around the corner, a return of the Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mode only makes sense. We'll have to keep a watchful eye on Fortnite's social accounts to see if there are any teases.

Epic pushes hotfix for Fortnite's Team Rumble mode

Get it while it's hot

Following Fortnite's update to Version 8.30, Epic has also released a hotfix for Team Rumble. Check out the full patch notes below.

- Increased Eliminations to win the match from 100 to 150
- Decreased the final circle radius from 20000 to 12500 to promote a more chaotic late game
- Removed one minute from first circle shrink time to force combat to occur sooner
- Increased chest and floor loot spawn chances from 80-90% to 100%
- Increased Assault Rifle spawn chances by 67% in chests
- Decreased Suppressed Pistol spawn chances by 75%
- Supply drops now drop two Legendary weapons and two additional consumables
- Increased Compact SMG and shotgun drop chances by 50% in supply drops
- Decreased Rocket Launcher spawn chances by 50% in chests and 67% in supply drops
- Lowered Spike Trap drop chance by 50% (resulting in an increase to launch pads and campfires)

Fortnite - Version 8.30 now live, patch notes released

Beep beep!

Reboot Van

Never give up, never surrender! Bring eliminated teammates back into battle with the Reboot Van. Drop in now and become the hero your team needs.

Buccaneer's Bounty Event

Avast ye mateys… Drop in and arm yourselves during the Buccaneer’s Bounty event! Test your skills in a fresh LTM every single day and collect your very own treasure in the form of in-game rewards by completing free Challenges.

LIMITED TIME MODE: FLY EXPLOSIVES

This mode combines the explosive fun of the High Explosives LTM with the Jetpack. Take to the skies and blast everyone else back to the lobby!

Mode Details

Only explosive weapons can be found in this mode.
Floor Loot spawners will occasionally spawn Jetpacks.
Jetpacks are only available in this mode in Battle Royale.
Reduced storm wait times.
Rocket Ammunition capped at 120.

Check out the patch notes here