Fortnite is back

Fortnite is back and playable after the game was sucked into a black hole for 2 days. Although some players were infuriated that they couldn’t play, the game has relaunched with Chapter 2.

The game is launching new features such as fishing, swimming, and boats. There are also 13 new locations, places to hide in, new guns, and of course, a new season pass. There is still more features that people are finding.

Fortnite chapter 2 does open with an amazing opening that hypes you to get back into the game.

The most popular game in the world is back. Before Fortnite’s servers went down, the game had over 200 million players. The Black Hole was clearly a marketing strategy to help reinvigorate interest into the Battle Royale title. Many people who quit are coming back just to see the new features that warranted the game shutting down. It is clear that Epic is hoping to come back bigger than ever especially with some competitive players disliking Season 10 inclusions such as mechs and balance issues.

Epic destroys Exciting Events for failed Fortnite Event

In Europe, Exciting Events hosted the “Fortnite event of the year” in Norwich. To compare it to the Fyre Festival would be silly but attendees were paying for a dedicated Fortnite event. Tickets were £12 (roughly $16) and unlimited access wristbands were £20 ($26).

At the event were a climbing wall, archery, go-karts, and a truck with a trampoline in it. It was more of a carnival rather than a Fortnite event. Epic Games had nothing to do with the event.

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This is a slide ride

You could play Fortnite but you had to pay to play at the venue which goes against its free-to-play model. The lines were over 90 minutes long to play the game. Many parents were rightfully angry as the ticket prices were quite high, lines were long, activities were poorly, the event was poorly staffed, and people had to wait in the cold. Refunds were provided for people on the first day of the event through Facebook but the page has closed.

Queues for Fortnite Live Norwich
The line to play Fortnite at Norwich

Exciting Events will not continue all future Fortnite events in other countries for the year. The organizer, Shaun Lord, defended the event in Norwich according to EDP. 

“I would love it to be an annual thing. Those people who didn’t get value for money on activities, we have got to make that better next year. It is highlighted to us now that we didn’t have enough of that.

Lord stated the event was for children and many of the activities were oriented towards them. He stated they greatly improved it on the second day for people. According to the EDP survey, most people were dissatisfied with the event and would most likely not come back. There were only 72 consoles for over 2800 people. Kids would wait over two hours and if they died, they were forced off the console.

They are now being sued by Epic Games. An Epic spokesman said, “The quality of our player experience is incredibly important to us, whether it’s inside the game or at official public events like last year’s Fortnite Pro-Am.” Due to the lawsuit, Exciting Events is no longer trading on the stock market. All assets will be turned into cash and the funds distributed among creditors, including the HMRC.

Pictures of the Events

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Fortnite Live day two at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: Conor MatchettFortnite Live day two at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: Conor Matchett

Sources

BBC

EDP

EDP Survey

Eurogamer

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How to merge accounts in Fortnite

You can start to merge your Fortnite accounts across all platforms: PC, Xbox, Switch, and PS4. It will take two weeks for all your in-game items and V-Bucks from other accounts to merge into the primary account. Start Here

Notice: You’ll need to access the emails that are connected to your different game consoles and the account must have been made before September 28th, 2018. 

What items will merge?

Battle Royale players may merge all of their cosmetic items. Save the World players may merge their Llamas, Defenders, Heroes, Schematics, Survivors, XP, Evolution and Perk Materials.

Other Items such as Unreal Marketplace items, Creative Islands, and Save The World account level and progress will not be merged over from your secondary account. So if you’re worried that one account has less progress than the other, make sure your primary account is the highest.

Sources

Epic Games

 

How to improve at Fortnite: Have a better computer

There’s a current bug in patch 7.20 in Fortnite. If you’re playing on a Nintendo Switch or a weak PC, your frames rate are usually 30. This is actually worse for players as a lower frame rate means your maximum fire rate will be lower.

Reddit user 0x011A tested how fast certain guns fired on different frame rates. If you notice below, it takes longer to empty an entire clip when playing with lower frame rate.

No fire rate buffs

  • 30 FPS: 3.942 seconds (Actual fire rate = 15.22)
  • 60 FPS: 3.95 seconds (Actual fire rate = 15.19)
  • 120 FPS: 3.45 seconds (Actual fire rate = 17.39)

With War Cry (18 fire rate –> 23.4)

  • 30 FPS: 3.942 seconds (Actual fire rate = 15.22)
  • 60 FPS: 2.967 seconds (Actual fire rate = 20.222)
  • 120 FPS: 2.93 seconds (Actual fire rate = 20.478)

Eurogamer also tested it against metal gates and noticed its 1.44 seconds difference between 30 FPS and 60 FPS. Although it may not seem long, the time can be the difference between life and death. Higher frame rate such as 120 or 300 makes little difference.

Epic is currently looking into the issue