PUBG To Debut Event Pass, But Will It Work?

Ever since Battle Royale came out (you can thank Minecraft for the idea from the many hunger game mods that tested out this idea), gaming corporations have looked to capitalize on the market and give war-hungry gamers the satisfaction of being the solo victor atop ninety-nine losers who just weren’t good enough.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, also known as PUBG or PUBG Corporation, was by far the gamers choice until Fortnite: Battle Royale entered the scene. Epic Games, developers of Fortnite, came in quite unexpectedly and in the blink of an eye became the #1 played game worldwide. Smashing all the charts, stealing most of the market share and cashing in quite handsomely from their efforts left PUBG quite literally in the dust.

So what has PUBG done to show that they are #1 (or #5)? Well, for starters they copied Fortnite and released their own mobile-version of PUBG. Now, they’re looking to copy the Fortnite Battle Pass. From a recent dev post, they explained why:

We wanted to create a whole new gameplay and reward experience. Ultimately, we decided to go with a new system: the “Event Pass.” It’ll be made available on June 22, the same day Sanhok hits live servers.

The Event Pass is designed to reflect the opinions of players who wanted a trackable progression-related system, and at the same time allows you to unlock new content in PUBG in a way that is different from the crate and key system.

Even though they haven’t posted any pricing details yet, speculations for this four-week event pass have many guessing this will cost around $10USD. Which, ironically, puts it right in line with the pricing for a Fortnite Battle Pass, which lasts three months.

Many gamers on Twitter voiced their concerns:

Will this be yet another nail in PUBG’s coffin? Does this mean Fortnite is starting to see a decline while PUBG swoops in for the kill? What do you think? Let us know via social media or in our Discord server! Be sure to click your reaction to this article down below!

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Fortnite: Battle Royale Debuts ‘Solo Showdown’ Mode

Fortnite Battle Royale players have now the chance to compete with other rival players using a virtual currency. For the first time, Fortnite players could now use V-Bucks, the game’s official virtual currency.

 

What’s new with Fortnite’s ‘Solo Showdown’ Mode

 

In case you don’t know, Fortnite Battle Royale often added some fresh wacky game modes. The recent of which was the popular Thanos memed game type that was made in conjunction with Marvel for Avengers: Infinity War.

 

But unlike other previous game modes, the game mode called the Solo Showdown would not change the underlying game in any fashion. Players are advised that there’s no extra shield, and the storm doesn’t move any faster. Also, players could not expect some extra weapon sizes or different team sizes.

 

What makes Solo Showdown unique is the manner how the competition goes with other Battle Royale players in solo mode. Fortnite players should compete in 50 matches to join the leaderboard. Placement in each of those first 50 matches will determine overall ranking.

 

Below are the game’s prize pools:

• First Place: 50,000 V-Bucks
• Second Place to Fourth Place: 25,000 V-Bucks
• Fifth Place to Fiftieth Place: 13,500 V-Bucks
• Remaining Players in Top 100: 7,500 V-Bucks

 

Meanwhile, the game’s official currency could only be earned in increments of 100 after purchasing the Battle Pass. By doing so, this would allow players to complete several challenges and rank up to earn different cosmetic rewards and V-Bucks.

 

You can use V-Bucks to buy one mid-range item per season, or you can save them over the course of multiple seasons to buy a more high-end item. Presently, the most expensive items on Fortnite Battle Royale often cost around 2,000 V-Bucks. This means that a rich player needs 50,000 V-Bucks.

Fortnite Is Earning $25 million On Mobile, says Sensor Tower

Sensor Tower, a market analyst, based in the US, reported that Epic Game’s Fortnite: Battle Royale mobile is earning millions. The popular game has reportedly earned $25 million, an income earned in its first month.

 

Fortnite is raking millions on mobile

 

The research company said that Epic Games’ income was only from iOS devices. They projected that such income could reach over $500 million for this year. The game has just recently launched on Android.

 

Obviously, the game is consistently gaining popularity among players. Aside from popularity, the game was continuously attracting the pockets of players too. Fortnite had launched its Battle Royale game mid-March of this year. The company’s revenue has tripled since Fortnite opened the game publicly to players.

 

 

Although Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to play, it earned income through in-app purchases. Fortnite players could buy cosmetic items for the game’s new characters, emotes, and skins. Also, you can also buy Battle Passes for you to level up faster and collect more items.

 

Apart from mobile, the developer’s battle royale game is performing well on various consoles. In fact, under the free-to-play game category, Epic’s battle royale game reached 359 percent year-over-year growth back in February.

 

Fortnite’s battle royale beat out other rival games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, according to market analyst Newzoo.

 

Meanwhile, Sensor Tower also learned that in the first half of April, Fortnite’s battle royale game was the second highest-earning app on the Apple App Store. What’s good with the game is its cross-platform play features.

 

 

This means that if a player bought an item, it would be available on PS4, iOS, PC and Xbox One. The game’s matchmaking is also great because players can play across platforms too.

Fortnite Update 3.4: Epic Games Rolls Out Patch Update, Adds Guided Missile

Game developer Epic Games has released the Fortnite’s v3.4 update. Fortnite’s 3.4 update was rolled out to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and smartphones. The update brings changes and fixes bugs in the game.

 

The game’s 3.4 update also adds a new Guided Missile. It also brought back an old limited-time mode to Battle Royale. Meanwhile, the game’s Save the World has acquired a new quest line, among others.

It can be recalled that Epic Games had previously teased about the Guided Missile. The game developer teased the Fortnite fans via an in-game updates screen. Also, Epic Games brought the “remote control destruction from above.”

 

This is possible for those levels doing both 105 and 110 damage to players, respectively. Apart from this, the rocket makes a damage of 1000 to the environment. The rocket also carries a 100 health, according to the game developer.

 

Epic Games’ Fortnite update lauded

 

Certainly, Fortnite fans have expressed excitement with the game’s latest update. For instance, Charles Conan Lavador, a Fornite gamer from the Philippines, said he lauded the game’s Hunting Riffle and Crossbow.

 

“The game’s recent update also removed the Magnum revolver which I think is a welcome development,” Lavador said.  Moreover, the recent update of the limited-time Sniper Shootout has removed the 30 FPS option.


“In v3.4 we made some significant GPU optimizations which improved visual quality, including resolution in 60 FPS mode, and we now feel there is very little reason to play at 30 FPS,” Epic Games explained.

 

Below is the game’s full patch notes published by Epic Games.

 

Fortnite Update 4.3 Patch Notes

General

  • Next Phase of Crossplay Improvements on Console
  • You can now add, remove, and manage Epic Friends from the main menu
  • You can now send, receive, and respond to crossplay Party Invites
  • Party Finder now includes Epic Friends on other platforms
  • Enabled toggling of full screen mode with Alt + Enter on PC, and Option + Enter on Mac.
  • Increased the brightness and visibility of ammo boxes.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a rare bug where players could be launched up in the air after colliding with the world in tight spaces.
  • Fixed the edit mode UI appearing over non-player built structures in some cases.
  • Fixed other players not appearing to move smoothly while jumping.
  • Fixed some keys on non-QWERTY keyboards becoming unbound after restarting.
  • Fixed the Video Settings screen not updating properly after full screen mode is toggled.

Known Issues

  • Wanting to track the top community issues? Head over to our snazzy new Fortnite | Community Issues Trello board here.

Battle Royale

Weapons And Items

  • Guided Missile added.
  • Stats:
    • Damage to Players:Epic – 105; Legendary – 110
    • Damage to Environment:1000
    • Lifetime:18 seconds
    • Time Between Shots:13 seconds
    • Rocket Speed:1300 units/second
    • Rocket Health:100
  • Take direct control of the missile after it’s fired.
  • Once you take on the missile’s point-of-view, you’re unable to move your character.
  • Disconnect from the missile at any time, in which the missile will continue its trajectory.
  • Moves slightly slower than a regular rocket but does the same damage.
  • Epic and Legendary rarity.
  • Uses Rocket ammo.
  • Found in Treasure Chests + Supply Drops.
  • Adjusted rarity colors on Shotguns to more closely represent their effectiveness.
    NOTE: Characteristics (such as weapon damage, drop chances) are completely unchanged.
  • Tactical Shotguns are now Common/Uncommon/Rare (was Uncommon/Rare/Epic).
  • Pump Shotguns are now Uncommon/Rare (was Common/Uncommon).
  • The Egg Launcher has been added as a seasonal item that replaces the Grenade Launcher (only a cosmetic change).
  • Increased Launch Pad drop rate by 25%.

Bug Fixes

  • Issues with the Boogie Bomb are fixed and this item is now re-enabled.
  • Fixed an issue which caused spike traps to trigger when a player stands on top of the wall the trap is attached to.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from entering ADS mode upon landing when they hold the aim button while jumping.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Hunting Rifle to fire inaccurately when crouched or at close range.
  • The Remote Explosives detonator is now correctly removed from your inventory if another player destroys your placed explosives and you have no more in your inventory.
  • Fixed a bug where players could remain in sprint while using the Remote Explosive detonator but not play the detonator animation.

Gameplay

  • Limited Time Mode: Sniper Shootout v2
  • Hunting Rifle and Crossbow added.
  • Revolver removed.
  • Downed state is disabled. Downed players are immediately eliminated.
  • Legendary weapons can only be found in Supply Drops.
  • Epic weapons can only be found in Treasure Chests.
  • Heavy Ammo Drop Quantities:
    • Floor: 6
    • Chest: 6
    • Ammo Box: 12
    • Supply Drop: 18
    • Llama: 90
  • Rearranged the order in which pieces fall off of player built structures as they are damaged.
  • Increased the number of loot spawns on the warmup island.
  • Removed 30 FPS mode from Xbox One and PS4.
  • In v3.4 we made some significant GPU optimizations which improved visual quality, including resolution in 60 FPS mode, and we now feel there is very little reason to play at 30 FPS. – Developer Comment

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed opened treasure chests sometimes appearing as unopened when viewed from very far distances.
  • Fixed an issue which caused revived players to become stuck in an invalid state if a building piece was placed between the two players in the middle of the revive.
  • Bullseyes will no longer appear after the challenge has been completed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused other player’s headgear to appear to float above their heads.
  • Fixed a rare issue that caused players to lose their ability to control their character after jumping from the bus.
  • Fixed an issue that caused bushes and other environment objects to pop in and out of view at medium range.

Mobile

  • Added ‘Unsupported Device’ message at startup for certain devices. That message is:
    “We’re sorry. Fortnite requires a device with 2GB of memory to run. Fortnite works with: iPhone SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X; iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017, Pro.”
  • Added new game data download system, which will allow us to make much smaller updates in the future.
  • When you start up this new version of Fortnite, it will start downloading all the game data, which will be the full size (around 1.8GB).
  • Antialiasing (4x MSAA) is now enabled on all supported devices.
  • Whispers and Party Text Chat are now enabled on mobile.
  • Added a quick tutorial for ‘Tap to Swing’ which appears upon first startup.
  • Added a message informing players that jailbroken devices are not supported.
  • Auto-opening of doors is now based on input instead of your player’s current speed.

Bug Fixes

  • Continuously attacking with the Harvesting Tool is now more consistent when double tapping and holding the right side of screen.
  • The left fire button is now more reliable and responsive.
  • Opening treasure chests now feels more responsive.
  • Fixed various inconsistencies with tap to shoot, making it more accurate.
  • Fixed the minimap blocking movement and look input.
  • Fixed an issue which caused misfiring when single tapping the screen and interacting with the HUD.
  • Fixed some issues causing Tap, Tap + Hold actions to not register.
  • Fixed longer than expected loading times on iPhone X.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when tapping the Epic Friends list rapidly.
  • Fixed Impulse Grenade effects not being visible enough on Low settings.
  • Turbo Building and Automatic Material Swapping settings now save correctly.
  • Weapon and consumables dropped can no longer be auto-picked up by the dropping player.

Performance

  • Major netcode optimizations to reduce lag.
  • Improved game responsiveness by updating all players on the server every frame. Previously, only 50 players could be updated each frame.
  • Reduced lag at the beginning of the match by optimizing networking to improve overall server frame rate.
  • Made significant improvements to visual quality on consoles, including resolution improvements and texture sharpness improvements.
  • Improved texture filtering sharpness on PS4 and Xbox One.
  • Increased texture resolution on Xbox One.
  • Improved frame rate when many other players are nearby.
  • Fixed hitching that could occur in game when encountering certain cosmetic items for the first time.

UI

  • Party Suggestions for your Epic Friends now appear in the lobby on consoles.
  • Added a zoom feature to the map.
  • Mouse Wheel will zoom in and out.
  • Gamepad – Right trigger zooms in, left trigger zooms out.
  • Touch – Pinch to zoom, swipe to pan.
  • The elimination feed now displays the distance for shots that knock down or eliminate other players beyond 50 meters for all weapons.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused downed squad mates to appear eliminated on the UI.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented marker placement on the map if the map was opened while transitioning from the warmup island to the Battle Bus.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from placing minimap markers close to the edge of the island.
  • Game Mode selector will no longer reset to ‘Squads’ when a new party member joins while another mode was selected.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the ping value to be inaccurate when ‘Show Net Stats’ was enabled.
  • When using the inverted controls option, the mouse cursor will no longer be inverted while the map is open.

Art And Animation

  • Polished weapon particle effects for improved clarity:
  • Bullet smoke trails are more detailed for rifles and pistols, making it slightly easier to determine the direction of shots fired across your view.
  • Sniper rifle projectiles that hit the world have larger, more visible impact effects.
  • Shotgun pellet trails and player hit effects have been adjusted to more clearly show the spread of each shot and make it easier to see how much of it hit an enemy.
  • Suppressed weapons have a much more subtle muzzle flash and no longer show bullet smoke trails.
  • Pump Shotgun and Hand Cannon fire animations have been polished, improving readability and snappiness.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the glow effect on some chests that were glowing white.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the crossbow reload animation to play in situations where it wasn’t actually reloading.

Audio

  • Removed the chirp sound from landing Supply Drops.
  • Added hit notification sounds when the player you’re spectating lands a shield, body, or headshot hit.

Bug Fixes

  • The tire pile bounce sound will now play while spectating players.
  • Crossbow bolts no longer play valentine sound effects when hitting players.
  • Search sound effects now persists for the full duration when searching Loot Llamas.
  • Fixed an issue that made player landing sounds difficult to hear if footstep audio was also playing.

 

 

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• Access to “Save The World” PvE Campaign
• 4 Exclusive In-Game Banner Icons
• 6 Daily Loot Pinata Packs
• Exclusive Founder’s Loot Pinata Pack
• Free Battle Royale PvP mode

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Fortnite Battle Royale: Fortnite’s New Blitz Mode Is Fast, Furious

Avid fans of Fortnite Battle Royale could now download the game’s limited-time event called the Blitz mode. For gamers who actually tried the Blitz mode, they described their experience as awesome.

 

In fact, they gave them a good impression. Fornite fans branded the game as both fast and aggressive as it expands on smartphones.

 

Blitz mode gameplay

 

Just like any other traditional game, Fortnite’s Blitz mode is similar to the game’s traditional four-person squad. A player would start each match with a storm circle that was formed on the map. When a player was dropped on a certain island, the game’s countdown begins when the circle started to shrink.

Also, game matches begin with action with 100 players starting to descent in various towns. These towns are within safe zone so there would be no problem with that. Another aspect to note is that the game mode is intended for a quick session.

 

This means players can actually have an enough break. Game matches have been allotted to have a 15-minute time limit. As said earlier, the storm circle is shrinking rapidly from the very beginning.

However, the game’s actual matches are actually short, unless, you win the game. This is possible though considering the game offers a variety of weapons and gear.

 

Regarding resources, the limited game mode is, in fact, doubling your harvestable resources. By doing so, you would be able to maintain a faster pace. It also increases treasure chests, loot boxes but decreases the time between supply drops, among others.

‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ Is Coming To iOS And Android Devices

On Friday, game developer Epic Games has announced that Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to both iOS and Android smartphones.

 

This means the famous free-to-play game will be accessed by iOS users first, then followed by Android users. Epic Games said that iOS users are required to sign-up in order to receive an invitation to play the first version of the game.

 

Fortnite: Battle Royale in iOS, Android

 

The Fortnite developer added that Android support would come after the iOS support is in place.

“On phones and tablets, Fortnite is the same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac,” said the Fortnite development team in a blog post. “Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates.”

It added that the port is also expected for smartphones and tablets. The game developer also vowed that the game remains the same. Even the game’s 100- player games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac remain the same.

This means that Fortnite has the same gameplay, maps, contents, among others. The game would also be receiving updates intended for console and PC version of the game.

And starting March 12, users would be able to start signing-up to get the gaming app. Those players who were able to receive the invitation could also send an invitation o their friends as well.

Meanwhile, if you want a full-version of the Fortnite Battle Royale for mobile, then Epic Games might be considering this in the future.

“We believe this is the future of games,” the developer said in a statement. “The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want.”