Fortnite: season IV begins with a bang
After weeks of hints, rumours and comet trails illuminating the lurid skies, season IV of Fortnite has begun. The smash-hit online shooter game, which sees 100 players battling each other to survive on a vast island, was updated on Tuesday, with a selection of new items and emotes. More intriguingly, there are now two new areas to explore. The game is split into seasons, with each lasting several weeks and all introducing new features and items. Throughout April, developer Epic Games teased apocalyptic changes to Fortnite’s colourful landscape, starting with comets streaking across the sky.
Players are already gathering to investigate the new scenic features, many pausing during hostilities to gawp at the changes. There’s a whole new area, Risky Reels, in the northeast corner of the island, as well as fresh buildings and features dotted around the map. Epic has also made various updates and improvements to the game’s user interface, detailed in its patch notes. The Save the World co-operative battle mode has also been updated, with a new Origin Story mode and enemies who drop a wide variety of useful loot. There will also be a new Battle Pass, costing 950 v-bucks, giving access to costumes, items and emotes at each tier.
Released last September, originally as an offshoot of Fortnite: Save the World, Fortnite: Battle Royale has been the hit game of the last 12 months, passing 40m downloads in January. The game is estimated to have made more than $126m in February.
Fortnite: 13-year-old is game’s youngest professional player
Since launching in July 2017, the survival shooting game, which is free, has been downloaded more than 40 million times. He says he noticed he was always coming top of the scoreboard for every game and was even finishing above semi-pro players. In the school holidays he plays nearly all day and constantly practises to improve. He says he has a curfew of 21:00 BST and there are other times he cannot play. After six years in development Epic games released Fortnite in July 2017.
It is a co-operative survival shooting game that lets players build structures out of materials they scavenge from the game world. Its most popular format is the Battle Royale mode which pits 100 players against each other, some of whom are in small teams, to see who is the last person standing. The game is free but players can spend real money on in-app purchases. Concerns have been raised about hackers getting access to accounts used for purchases and over the potential dangers of children playing the game online with strangers. Since last year’s release, it has been available to play on gaming devices such as the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, as well as PC and Mac.
E-sports, the practice of watching people play video games, generated £350m in revenue with a global audience of about 320m people in 2016, the market research firm Newzoo reported last year. Team Secret’s Director of Media George Yao said his team did not know Kyle was only 13 when they first watched him play Fortnite online.
Fortnite Season 4 goes live, solves the meteor question for good
The question on the lips of all Fortnite Battle Royale players for weeks has finally been answered as the servers have come back online after the Season 4 update. Before playing you get a little video intro and you see what happens when the giant rock falls out of the sky. The meteor has wiped out Dusty Depot which is now a giant hole in the ground, but it’s not the only new location on the map. Up towards the top right is the new Risky Reels, and it looks like Tilted Towers made it out mostly unscathed. There’s a new Battle Pass, of course, and everyone gets two outfits this time around as soon as it’s purchased.
Previous Battle Pass owners will get a five-level bonus free of charge, and again the new battle pass costs 900 VBucks, with a bundle of the Battle Pass and 25 levels also available. As ever you’ll first need to buy your VBucks then go to the in-game shop and buy the Battle Pass. What Fortnite update would be complete without new emotes as well. The Battle Pass has its fair share with Popcorn and some weird dance available on the free tier and a popcorn emote on the paid tier fairly early on. There also seems to be some additional, smaller POIs on the map, such as a new building on the east coast just south of Lonely Lodge.
The curtain has been raised, the secret is out and it’s pretty nice to see Epic Games treating the Fortnite map as a living object, changing it as time goes by. Check out the full patch notes over on the Epic Games blog.