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Fortnite Season 7 Has Arrived With Plenty of Changes

Fortnite Season 7 Has Arrived With Plenty of Changes

Epic Games officially kicked off Season 7 of their insanely popular shooter, Fortnite, with the launch of their 7.00 update. As with every other season before it, this is a substantial patch that signifies the start of major changes to the game in the form of an event. In this update, an iceberg has collided with the Fortnite island, which expanded the map, added an icy look over sections of the terrain, added a plane, new skins, and plenty more.

"Discover new areas such as Frosty Flights, Polar Peak, and more," Epic says in the patch notes. "Uncover what’s in the new Battle Pass, rule the skies with the new X-4 Stormwing plane, and change the style of some of your favorite weapons and items with Wraps in Battle Royale."

Take to the Skys

The plane is able to hold five players, the pilot and four other people who ride along on the wings. The flying vehicle features a mounted turret that makes it a devastating mobile weapon.

With the new season also comes a new battle pass that features over 100 new cosmetic items for players to unlock by completing challenges and playing the game. Along with the typical cosmetics, Epic created a new type called Wraps which "allow you to customize your weapons and vehicles with all new looks to match and complement your favorite outfits." (https://bit.ly/2RDLdeb)

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Balloons have been adjusted so that players can still use their guns with the item. Epic also gave the boot to a bunch of items with the start of Fortnite Season 7 including Shadow Stones, Port-A-Fort, Chiller, Clinger, Double Barreled Shotgun, and Shockwave Grenade.

One of the biggest additions to Season 7 is Creative Mode, a sandbox based experience that encourages players to build unique Fortnite adventures either alone or with friends on their own private island. "It's a brand new way to experience the world of Fortnite," Epic said about the mode. "Design games, race around the island, battle your friends in new ways and build your dream Fortnite. It's all happening on your own private island where everything you make is saved."

Fortnite is currently a powerhouse in the multiplayer gaming space and it appears that Epic has no plans of slowing down on releasing updates for their popular shooter. If you'd like to see a full breakdown of all the changes, check out the full patch notes on Fortnite's website.

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Rocket League Developer Optimistic About PS4 Cross-Play

The developer behind the popular indie hit Rocket League announced that it is pushing back their plan for expanded cross-platform functionality to early 2019. This announcement seems to be in line with the recent decision by Sony to allow Cross-Play with Epic Games title, Fortnite. Of course, this means that Psyonix can now prepare Rocket League Cross-Play to be compatible with the PS4.

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Roadmap for Rocket League Cross-Play

Psyonix revealed this information in their recent Rocket League roadmap. The software running this new system is called RocketID and is set up to be a connected account feature that links friends lists and parties across all platforms. Although, the system has proved to be quite a challenge for the independent developer.

"While our goal was to release RocketID before the end of 2018, we've made the difficult decision to push its release into early 2019," the announcement said. "The good news is that with Sony's recent announcements regarding full cross-platform functionality, we can now make additional changes to prepare RocketID for ALL platforms should we receive permission to do so! We're working incredibly hard to ensure that it’s as intuitive, stable, and polished as possible, before releasing it to the world."

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The most notable part of the quote is that they need permission before releasing the full version of their cross-platform function. While Sony allowed a beta version of cross-play in Fortnite to progress, it is unclear when the company will agree to include the feature on other titles or which ones will be prioritized. Rocket League was the first title to really generate demand for cross-platform play until Fortnite all but forced Sony to change their policy on the matter. Psyonix recently expressed their frustration with Sony not budging on their rule, even though the developer said they had figured out how to make the game work across different platforms.

We here at Gigamax are very interested to see how Sony moves forward with their new outlook on cross-play so we'll be sure to keep our eyes on this developing story. Be sure to check back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale – What’s New With Season 5?

What's New with Fortnite Season 5?

Confirmed, Discoveries, and Rumors

Epic Games announced that Season 5 of the massively popular Fortnite: Battle Royale will begin Thursday, July 12. Fortnite Season 5 will be available immediately after Season 4 ends and Epic finishes with their scheduled server maintenance. The latest patch will open up on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM BST / 6 PM AET.

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Gamers are lining up for their chance to purchase the Season 5 Battle Pass. Epic hasn’t confirmed exactly what skins or other items players can expect from the newest Battle Pass or how much it will cost. With no new skins shown off, there is an image of a new mask and a battleaxe in Epic Games teaser. It seems as though this is a partial look at some of the new Season 5 skins to come.

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All previous Battle Passes cost 950 V-Bucks and it is assumed that Season 5 will be the same. Fortnite's in-game currency can either be bought with real money, earned when they reach certain reward tiers or in the paid “Save the World” mode. 1000 V-Bucks currently costs $9.99.

Epic Games Keeps Some Secrets

The developer hasn’t been releasing a pool of details about Fortnite Season 5 but recent in-game events has imaginations running wild. A mysterious rocket in the Evil Lair took off into the sky on June 30th which caused a giant rift to open in the sky. Cracks can be seen in the bubble-like storm above all the chaos happening on the island below. Since this time, more mysterious rifts began opening up all over the map. Lonely Lodge, Retail Row, Tomato Town and more all are now home to these interesting new additions.

Along with the in-game developments that are offering hints about the content coming to Fortnite Season 5, people are starting to come across hints in the real-world. A desert in California is now home to the Durr Burger. There were also warning signs that read “warning: you are too close to the anomaly” that appeared around the Durr Burger. Visitors also discovered a card with a phone number on it and when dialed, it played audio of an object disappearing through a rift according to PC Gamer and then was changed to coordinates, Forbes cited.

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That’s not the only Fortnite imagery to appear IRL. People are stumbling across Fortnite’s loot llamas all around Europe. So far, there have been seven discovered in total. Paris, Cologne, Cennes, Warsaw, Barcelona and two in London are all home to this lovable llama. That’s a total of eight mysterious real-world Fortnite objects to appear outside of the game. What this all means is still unconfirmed. It could be nothing more than a clever (and successful) marketing stunt or a hint about what's to come in Season 5. Gamers will need to wait until July 12th to see for themselves. 

Goodbye Playground Mode

As with the previous limited-time modes in Fortnite, this sandbox-style game option isn’t sticking around. Epic announced that Playground Mode is scheduled to be removed the same day Season 5 begins, July 12th. However, there is some good news for fans of this unique building mode. The developer confirmed that they listened to player feedback, took note of improvements that can be made, and plans on bringing it back to the game, eventually. There is no word yet on when gamers might be able to jump back in and build until their heart's content.

Fortnite Season 5 New Map Expected

One of the biggest questions surrounding Fortnite Season 5. There is no official statement or announcement from Epic Games but Express.co.uk is claiming dataminers uncovered the new map. The video below is from the YouTube Channel, DieBuddies Zocken, an Austrian gamer that seems as though he is playing on a dramatically different Fortnite map.

It’s no secret the Fortnite map has undergone some impressive changes since the game was released. Even with speculation mounting, the video above still remains unconfirmed.

Everyone at Gigamax Games hasn’t been able to pull themselves away from Fortnite, like most of the world. Be sure to stick around for the release of Fortnite Season 5 as the Gigamax crew will be releasing gameplay and exploring what Epic has planned for Fortnite fans with this latest update. 

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Epic Makes Big Announcement Concerning Competitive Fortnite

Epic Makes Big Announcement Concerning Competitive Fortnite

Epic Games recently showed off their latest plans regarding competitive Fortnite. The developer officially revealed that they will provide $100 million in various prize pools for the 2018-2019 season. They clarified this in a small blog post where they shared their thoughts on making competitive Fortnite along with the overall experience of playing and watching the game more inclusive.

"We're getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different," Epic Games explained. "We plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game." (https://bit.ly/2IwOWJM)

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More details on how the tournaments will be structured and the platforms they have planned will be revealed in the weeks ahead. (We will be sure to offer an update whenever the company shares what its plans are.)

That's Big Money

According to the website E-Sports Earnings, the $100 million that Epic Games plans on dishing out more than doubles the $38 million in total prize money that Valve had given out for all of the Dota 2 tournaments that were held through 2017. Valve's biggest Dota 2 event, The International, paid out what was once the biggest prize pool in gaming history with an astounding $25 million for the one event. To compare another ultra-popular game, Blizzard's first Overwatch Tournament only has a prize pool of 3.5 million for its entire season.

Fortnite brings in almost $1 million a day from just the mobile version of the game and according to analysts, the PC and console version both make more money than that in a single day. The game may be free, but the industry is quickly embracing the trend of charging for cosmetics that have no impact on gameplay. Most developers see this as a fair revenue source that makes their game both competitive and profitable.

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Epic Games currently has a competitive Fortnite competition planned for E3 2018, where celebrities and players will play Duos together.

In other news, Fortnite just received another big update that finally added the long-awaited jetpack into the game. This is shortly after the game's latest limited time mode, Solo Showdown, which was a competitive version of Fortnites' famous solo mode. For more information on competitive Fortnite, be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com!

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Fortnite Players Get Freebies Following Server Outages

Fortnite Players Get Freebies Following Server Outages

After Epic Games installed their latest 3.5 updates to Fortnite things quickly took a turn for the worse. Players soon found themselves unable log into the game. Unfortunately, the patch had rendered the game completely unplayable on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. Thankfully, the studio fixed a majority of the issues and is now apologizing to fans with a collection of giveaways. The Guided Missiles have also been temporarily removed since the bug was discovered as well.

"It's been no secret that over the past 24 hours we've been experiencing issues with our services that have prevented many of you from playing Battle Royale and Save the World. We're sorry," Epic Games says in a message on its website. "We know how frustrating this has been. We messed up here."

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Epic Games Says Sorry

To make it up to players and thank them for their patience Epic Games is offering free items that can be claimed for a limited time. This weekend fans will be able to pick up a free Back Bling item, a new customization slot that was added to the locker in season 3. Also available this weekend, Save the World players can pick up a free Troll Stash Llama. Gamers can claim their items by heading to the respective in game stores.

Additionally, Battle Royale players will receive a pack of Battle Stars, which are used to rank up an individuals Seasonal Battle Tier. Save the World players will also get an unidentified amount of seasonal gold. Unlike the freebies given away on the store, these giveaways will take some time to distribute, given out during a planned update later next week (most likely Wednesday night into Thursday Morning).

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Epic Games assured fans that they will release a detailed report next week that will go over the problem that occurred this week and their plan to improve services moving forward.

No word was given on when the Guided Missile will return to Fortnite but at least players are able to jump into the game again. As for the 3.5 update, Epic Games added a new Port-A-Fort item that allows players to deploy a fort on the spot. Week 8 challenges are also available to owners of the Battle Pass, unfortunately, the studio had to delay the limited time 50 Vs. 50 Mode until next week due to the server issues.

Catch Up on The Updates!

The Gigamax Games crew keeps up with the latest Fortnite updates and game modes. Stop by for some of the streams with the playlist above!

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Fortnite’s Latest Update Expands Map

Fortnite's Latest Update Expands Map

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!

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Fortnite Battle Royale Dev Sues 14 Year Old in Anti-Cheating Battle

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.

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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:

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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.

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Fortnite: New Twist or Blatant Ripoff?

Fortnite: New Twist or Blatant Ripoff?

Video games are constantly evolving. A lot of the time, developers take successful ideas from other games and change it up a bit to make an entirely new title. However, sometimes, a game can be a little too similar to the original title which they took their ideas from. This has been the discussion surrounding Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds.  

Let's take a look at the similarities between the two games and how they differ. It's an interesting list and one that might lead to more questions than answers.

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Similarities:

1) 100 person deathmatch and the last one standing is the winner.

2) Squad mode, where players can team up to compete against other squads and the last group standing, wins.

3) Both of the games begin in 'lobby island' where all 100 players can run around, shoot guns, and scream loud into the mic.

4) Once the game officially starts, players are flown toward an island and can choose when to jump out of the aircraft.

5) After players jump out of the aircraft, they skydive down to their desired location and eventually float down and land gently.

6) Both only have one map as of now and bear striking similarities.

7) Players start unarmed and must scavenge around the map looking for weapons, ammo, and protective items.

8) The map begins to shrink because of an outside force which continues to close in on the players as the game goes on, forcing them into each other.

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Differences:

1) Cartoony graphics give Fortnite a different feel from the more gritty, realistic PUBG.

2) Fortnite has no prone, changing the stealth aspect when compared to PUBG.

3) Players jump out of a floating bus instead of a plane as in PUBG.

4) Gamers cannot find armor around the map in Fortnite, instead, they pick up ‘Shield Potions’.

5) Fortnite offers no attachments for the guns like in PUBG, what you see is what you get.

6) PUBG has first person servers and an option to aim down the iron sites. Fortnite is stuck in 3rd person. 

7) The feature that separates Fortnite the most from PUBG is the building aspect. Players can collect materials from around the map and build forts and cover. This is the key feature that has the most dramatic effect when it comes to the differences of  Fortnite from PUBG.

Final Thoughts and Your Input

Just from looking at the lists above, it’s clear that there are more similarities than differences. Most of the differences are even just splitting hairs, like not being able to go prone. However, these unique aspects from Fortnite do add some interesting dynamics which PUBG cannot provide. Still, PUBG seems as though it’s the superior shooter but this is not to say Fortnite doesn't deliver a quality gaming experience. 

The question remains, is Fortnite walking a very fine line between blatant ripoff and unique interpretation? Or did the Fortnite developers, Epic Games, simply steal an innovative idea and implement their mechanics on top of PUBG?

With PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer, Bluehole, releasing a statement on September 22nd explaining that they felt Fortnite copied their game and might pursue legal action, the world may soon find out.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, we want to see how gamers feel about this complicated situation.

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