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Former Director of Production at Epic Games tried to cancel Fortnite's release prior to leaving the company

That might have been a mistake

Rod Fergusson, the former director of production at Epic Games, apparently would have made one of the worst decisions ever in Epic's history. In an interview with Game Informer, Fergusson reveals that if he were still with the company, he would have cancelled Fortnite.

"If I stayed at Epic, I would have canceled Fortnite. Absolutely. Before I left I tried to cancel Fortnite. When it was just Save the World, that was a project that had some challenges. As the director of production at the time, that game would not have passed my bar for something we should have continued to keep going. That game you love, the worldwide sensation, it would not exist had I stayed at Epic,"

Fergusson left Epic to go work at The Coalition, which is handling Gears of War 5. Looks like Epic is quite lucky Fergusson decided to leave!

Check out pics of the Fortnite booth at E3 2019

I think this game's going to be a hit

Regardless of how you feel about Fortnite, the game is still massive, and Epic went all out on the game's booth at E3 2019. It's a seriously impressive setup, with all kinds of fun stuff going on. Check out more pics of the booth here.

Netflix teases more info on their Fortnite x Stranger Things collab

Fortnite ahoy

Back at the start of Fortnite's 9th season, eagle-eyed fans spotted a reference to Stranger Things' upcoming third season. A "Scoops Ahoy" ice cream parlor popped up in-game, which is the same parlor to appear in the next season of Stranger Things. Since that find, fans have been waiting for new details. According to Christopher Lee, Netflix's head of interactive games, info is coming soon.

“We’ve actually been really busy over the past year making new friends. We have a number of projects coming out. You guys may have seen in Fortnite Season 9 we had a Scoops Ahoy from Stranger Things show up in the mall there … so there’s a bit more behind that in a few weeks.”

Fortnite updated to Version 9.21, full patch notes available

Your weekly update is here

Proximity Grenade Launcher
It's not a horseshoe or a hand grenade, but close still counts!

Horde Rush (Coming Soon)
A new 4-player Co-op Limited Time mode is just around the corner! Survive the Horde Rush on June 13.

LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

One Shot Duos
Low Gravity. Every player has 50 health. Sniper weapons are the only weapon, Bandages are the only healing item. Jump high and aim well!

Horde Rush
Fortnite Fiends are back on the island and angrier than ever! Fight alongside your teammates to rack up your score by finding hidden score multipliers, opening special loot chests, and eliminating as many monsters as you can. Traverse across the map, survive all of the Defend locations and take down the Final Boss to win!

Full patch notes here

Epic says Fortnite's Reaper skin wasn't intentionally made to look like Keanu Reeves/John Wick

I'm thinking that's a lie

Fortnite now has an official John Wick skin, but that most fans already felt like the game had its own version of Wick. For a long time now, fans have likened The Reaper skin to John Wick/Keanu Reeves, and it's easy to see the similarities. That is, unless you're Epic creative director Donald Mustard. According to Mustard, the similarity wasn't intentional at all.

I happened to end up in a spot where Keanu and I were together, talking about some stuff, and we were like “What if, what if this kinda made sense?” And [Keanu] was into it, especially because we have this character in Fortnite called The Reaper which kinda—it wasn’t intentional! For me, we were just trying to, like, let’s just make this super awesome The Man In Black. But [Keanu] was starting to have all these kids come up to him, all these teenagers on the street, and they weren’t doing the normal “Oh you’re Neo, oh you’re Wick.” They were doing, “Fortnite guy! Fortnite guy!” [Keanu]’s like “What is this Fortnite thing?” And then of course he’s like, “That doesn’t look like me, that’s not me,” and he’s like, “We gotta do it right.” So I think that’s when we [gestures to Stahleski] met...It just felt inevitable and made a lot of sense that we would do something together.

Mustard can play dumb all he wants, but I'm sure plenty of other team members knew what was up when they made The Reaper.

NERF's Fortnite-themed lineup - French commercial

NERFed weapson

There was a time a few years back where I had a bunch of NERF guns, and then they seemed to get lost in the move to our current home. I think it's time for me to start rebuilding my collection, and I'll start with a few of these!

Fortnite - Version 9.20 now available, full patch notes shared

Storm in a bottle

Fortnite has been updated to Version 9.20, and htis week's update includes a new item. The Storm Flip bottle will let you create a safe spot bubble inside the storm, letting you ride it out just a little bit longer. This should definitely make for some interesting final moments in battle!

Of course, there's much more to this update than just a new item. For a full rundown of what Version 9.20 offers, check out the patch notes here.

Fortnite - Version 9.10 content update

New gun and more

Burst SMG

This burst-fire SMG packs a real punch in close quarters encounters.

LIMITED TIME MODE ROTATION:

SOLID GOLD DUOS

Fight to the finish using Legendary weapons!

UNVAULTED SQUADS

Battle Royale gameplay with a limited set of weapons made up entirely of items that are vaulted in the standard modes.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS SQUADS

Close quarters combat with Shotguns & Jetpacks!

WEAPONS + ITEMS

Burst SMG

Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
Fires a quick 4 round burst.
Deals 23, 24, 25 damage.
1.75x headshot multiplier.
24 round magazine.
Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Vending Machines.
Uses Light Ammo.

Vaulted

Suppressed Submachine Gun
Common, Uncommon, Rare

This week’s content update includes the Burst Submachine Gun, which shares a number of similarities with the Suppressed Submachine Gun (High DPS, Light Ammo, Rarity). Because of this overlap & not wanting to oversaturate itemization in any one area, we’ve decided to put the Suppressed back in the Vault.

TEAM RUMBLE

Now spawning 4 hot spots each match, to ensure that there is at least one on each side more often. This is a temporary fix until we can set up functionality to force the same number on each side in big team modes.

CREATIVE

WHAT’S NEW?

New Ground Floors

Alter your creations flooring to capture the correct atmosphere!

Mine Theme

Create your own mineshaft to explore!

WEAPONS + ITEMS

Burst SMG
Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
Fires a quick 4 round burst.
Deals 23, 24, 25 damage.
1.75x headshot multiplier.
24 round magazine.
Uses Light Ammo.

PREFABS & GALLERIES

Added 4 New Ground Floor Galleries
Grass X Dirt Gallery B - similar design to the previous Grass Floor Gallery, but now features sprigs of grass.
Grass X Wavy Sand Floor Gallery
Wavy Sand X Sand Floor Gallery
Snow X Gravel Floor Gallery
Added Ring Gallery B - which features rings the same colors as the beacon lights.
Added the Mine Gallery.
Added a Prop Door Gallery - doors that act as props, so they can be placed anywhere.
Added a Variant Wall Gallery - giving more customization options for buildings.

New pair of unofficial Fortnite guides now available

Let me guide you

Fortnite is the game that is taking the internet by storm. With an estimated over 200 million people playing Fortnite, it's the perfect time for a comprehensive, kid-friendly guide to educate and entertain players. Enter the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale, the all-action, free-to-play, gaming phenomenon! Whether you're a total noob or an experienced player, we have a book to teach you everything you need to know, from gameplay basics and must-know building techniques to advanced tips and tricks.

Know Fortnite: Battle Royale well, but want to play like a real pro? Look no further. The 100% Unofficial Fortnite Pro Guide will help you take your building to the next level. And if you want to look great on the battlefield, this book includes a showcase of some of the best skins available, and plenty of emotes to pair with them. There's even a rundown of some of the cutest pets available in the game, for that extra fancy back bling.

Gain in-depth knowledge on how to best to play on mobile devices
Discover methods to play your way to pro-level status
Learn better weapons to pick up, new items to score, tactical traps to trick enemies, and faster builds
New emotes that go way beyond the Floss, cool new skins that will frighten and delight
Add finesse to your game-play style with Limited-Time Modes
An all-new map and a countdown of the top 10 most epic moments in the game so far

Price: $9.99
Format: Hardback, 64 Pages

Enter the world of Fortnite: Battle Royale, the all-action, free-to-play, gaming phenomenon! Whether you're a total noob or an experienced player, The 100% Unofficial Fortnite Essential Guide will teach you everything you need to know, from gameplay basics and must-know building techniques to advanced tips and tricks.

Includes maps, building instructions, weapon specifications, and much more.
Vibrant graphics and in-depth instructions bring the world of Fortnite alive, immersing readers in gameplay and battle strategies.
This essential guide includes a wide range of tips, tricks, and strategies
Vital dos and don’ts provides an overview of the key takeaways, and a safety tips page provides guidance for parents and younger fans.

Price: $9.99
Format: Hardback, 64 Pages

Where To Find Fortnite's Massive Frozen Secret Eyeball

I see you!

Fortnite is back to it's weird ways with a gigantic eyeball appearing frozen near Polar Peak. Here's where to go so you can see for yourself how creepy this eye is.