Epic Games finally dropped the latest 2.2.0 update for Fortnite on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. As the studio detailed previously on their blog, it deals mostly with their very popular Battle Royale mode, adding a newly updated version of the map, pre-game voice chat, and more.
The Largest Expansion Yet
The map updates are the biggest expansion to the free-to-play game. A few new areas have been added to the map, mostly to the west side of the island, which before the update had been somewhat lacking in terms of locations. These areas include a new city section and underground mines. Some existing areas have also received an update, with Epic creating more distinct differences between the various biomes. As lead systems designer Eric Williamson said recently, “The swamp feels swampier, the mountains feel more mountain-y. Really, the different areas of the map feel more unique.” (http://bit.ly/2mE33z8)
Epic also added their new level-streaming system. Although it doesn’t directly have an effect on gameplay, Epic says it “enables a richer map and improved performance.” Console load times have been “greatly reduced” according to the studio and there should be less hitching issues in general. Visual improvements were also been made, with new water, grass, and foliage effects now in place.
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Even More New Stuff!
Some other new features include the ability to voice chat in the lobby before you start the game, a neat little update to the killfeed to show how far a sniper rifle kill was, and a reworked version of the Scoped rifle sight. Recently Epic Games took out friendly fire, although this may be a temporary measure as they evaluate what impact it has on the game.
This update is big news for fans of Fortnite. With all of these substantial additions and changes, it seems that Epic Games is focused on quality of life fixes for their Battle Royale experience. The full patch notes for version 2.2.0 are available on the studio’s website and don’t forget to check back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest information on Fortnite!
Fortnite Battle Royale Dev Sues 14 Year Old in Anti-Cheating Battle
In a brash display last month, Epic Games decided to make an example of two Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters. Instead of just banning the players they chose to take them to court. In a recent reveal, it has been detailed that one of the accused fans of the game is only 14 years old, and his mother has issued a response to the developer’s lawsuit.
In an open letter to the court, she attacked Epic’s handling of the case, which she provides plenty of context for.
Her first point is that Fortnite’s terms require parental consent for minors, which she says was never given.
She also argues that Epic’s case is based on loss of profits, but argues that the game is free-to-play, in order for the company to prove a loss they would need to release a statement that showed how the cheating directly caused a “mass profit loss”.
Another valid argument is that by attacking the player rather than the websites that sell/provide the cheating software, Epic has ultimately made a scapegoat out of a 14 year old.
Epic also alleged that her son helped create the software used to cheat, which she claims is not the case, he simply downloaded the program as a user.
Her final point goes on to say that when Epic released her son’s name publicly with the suit that the company violated Delaware laws that deal with revealing information on minors.
Gaming website, TorrentFreak, pointed out that you’re not actually allowed to sue a minor directly, which could show that Epic did not know the full identity of the player before moving forward with the case. You can read her full letter below:
Fortnite Battle Royale Made Some Enemies
The various cases were issued last month when Epic began going after cheaters that had used the website Addicted Cheats to obtain “aimbots” that help give players a competitive advantage in the game. Although the cheats and other services from this site are not free, users pay a monthly subscription fee of around $5-$15 a month based on their membership level.
After reviewing their End User License Agreement and the Copyright act, Epic decided to take the users to court instead of just issuing a ban which is typically the case for similar situations. While cheaters can ruin a game experience for many people, this move seems a bit overdramatic for the game company. It is obvious they are trying to use scare tactics to prevent cheating but ultimately they are targeting the wrong group of people and may, in fact, make the problem worse. GigamaxGames.com will keep their eyes on the case so be sure to check back for updates as they become available.