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10 things only Fortnite OGs will remember

How long have you been playing Fortnite? Do you remember all of these features and mechanics? Take a look at the Fortnite days of old, here.

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How long have you been playing Fortnite? Do you remember all of these features and mechanics? Take a look at the Fortnite days of old, here.

Fortnite Battle Royale released on September 26, 2017. For many of us, that was the day that we fell in love with this brand-new title that eventually became a worldwide pop-culture sensation.

Not everyone played the game back then, though. It took several months to catch on. Here are 10 things that only the OG Fortnite players will remember.

1. Team Killing

Team killing might have been the most toxic element ever in Fortnite, which makes it surprising that it used to be the norm. Do you have a random teammate who is taking all of your loot? No problem, just kill them.

Of course, team killing led to a lot of accidents on the battlefield – which was what it was meant to do – but it bred more toxicity than anything else. Just look at this famous clip of NickMercs trolling one of his random teammates back in the day.

Epic took this out of the game in the early seasons, meaning only original players will remember downing and finishing their teammates. After that, they had to rely on sneakier ways to kill allies like hitting them with an Impulse Grenade.

2. The Sniper Pump

The Pump has gone through more changes than any weapon in the Fortnite roster. Most players remember – or heard about – the double-pump days, but not many know that the Pump used to be completely broken from long-range.

Damage fall-off wasn’t as stark as it is today – for any weapon – but the pump could deal legitimate damage when an opponent was nothing but a dot on your screen.

Pumps have been nerfed into the ground in Chapter 2. It’s funny to think that a Green Pump used to deal 90 damage from 200 meters. Say what you want about the current state of Pumps in Fortnite, but no one is asking for this to return.

3. Unnamed Salty Springs

Most Fortnite fans know that Salty Springs has been in the game since it came out, but not many players remember the days when it was the unnamed gem between Retail Row and Dusty Depot.

Early players, such as myself, discovered the small town with ample loot before it blew up. Once Epic threw a name on it, though, it became a central hub for battle.

Now, Salty Springs is more of a ‘squad-fill’ meme than anything else. Want to flip a coin on whether or not you’ll survive your drop? Land at Salty.

4. Transparent edits

Transparent edits were in Fortnite for a while – so long that a lot of pros and streamers were angry with Epic when they changed the system.

Looking back on how things were, however, it’s easy to see why they made the change. Imagine these crazy pro players could see through a fully-transparent edit. That’s way too OP and Epic made the right move with this change.

5. You couldn’t build through trees and cars

There are a lot of annoying little things in Fortnite. Certain areas won’t let you place a wall and others force you to build a cone rather than a floor. This was nothing compared to how Fortnite used to be.

Back in the day, you couldn’t build through cars, trees, or any other natural structure. If you got caught near one of these and tried to build, it was game over.

Adding the ability to build through these natural structures was one of the best quality-of-life improvements Epic has added.

6. The OG Default Dance song

The Fortnite Default Dance is still in the game – and remains one of the more toxic ways to taunt your opponent. We all know the two variants, but not many players remember the third.

The third Default Dance tune is nothing to write home about, but it was a strange removal from the game. It isn’t the iconic ‘root-doot-doot-doo-doo,’ but it’s arguably better than the drum solo version.

Here it is if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

7. No back bling

Back bling wasn’t always a thing in Fortnite, either. Back in the day, you couldn’t mix and match your skins and back bling.

Whichever back bling came with your skin was the one that you were wearing. If the skin didn’t have one, then your back would be bare.

This was the case throughout Season 2. The Dark Knight skin was forced to wear his signature shield before this was eventually changed in Season 3.

Mini Marauder back bling

8. Pre-edited cone meta on controller

Anyone who played Fortnite on a controller before the implementation of the Builder Pro setting may know what this one’s about.

Back in the Combat Pro days, we had to use the bumpers on our controller to cycle through our structures – the same way we cycle through weapons, today.

In those days, it was often easier to pre-edit your cone into a ramp rather than cycling all the way to the ramp piece. This kept everything closer together.

Credit: Epic Games

In the old days of Fortnite, someone running at you with a pre-edited cone was incredibly intimidating. Just by seeing this, you knew that they took the game seriously enough to maximize their advantages.

Builder Pro removed the need for this and drastically increased the skill ceiling on a controller. Now, some pros are arguing that the controller is actually more powerful than a keyboard and mouse.

9. Manually switching material types

Even if you don’t remember the days before Turbo-Building, you probably know that there was a time when players had to individually place each structure.

The implementation of Turbo-Building was a massive game changer, but people forget that there was a small quality-of-life improvement before this setting was added.

In the old days, you’d have to press a separate button if you ran out of wood and wanted to switch to brick or metal. If you didn’t, the game would act like you didn’t have any materials. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case for long – once the community started to take building seriously.

10. Platform-specific traps

There are currently 0 traps in Fortnite, but when the game first came out there were a few different types. What’s more, is that each type was specific to a certain kind of surface.

The Spike Traps that we all know were only able to be placed on the floor. There was an electricity trap for a wall and another for the ceiling. Anyone who plays ‘Save the World’ knows that Epic was using the same model, here.

Of course, the number of traps complicated things and Epic eventually widdled it down to one before expanding the roster and, eventually, removing all of them.

So, there you have it: ten things that only OGs will remember about Fortnite. Do you remember any of these? All of them? None of them? Let us know when you started playing in the comments.

Events

Fortnite Galactus event: Nexus War start date and time

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Nexus War event in Fortnite

The exact date and time for the Nexus War finale in Fortnite has been confirmed, and there is little time to prepare for the Galactus event.

The event, which will bring Chapter 2, Season 4 to a climax, as Galactus – aka the Devourer of Worlds – is bombing towards the map to, presumably, destroy it all.

The countdown to the event appeared in-game on November 21, and Epic have now confirmed the exact date and time when the Nexus War will commence.

“It was only a matter of time.” Epic say in their blog post. “Galactus is closing in on the Island and the fate of all Reality lies in the balance. Join the ultimate fight against Galactus in the one-time-only Nexus War finale event.”

When is the Galactus event in Fortnite?

The Nexus War finale event will start on December 1 at 1PM PT / 4PM ET / 9PM GMT.

To make sure you don’t miss out, Epic has given some tips to be prepared for the event:

  • DOWNLOAD THE LATEST UPDATE
    If you haven’t already downloaded the 14.60 update, load the game on your preferred device and download today.
  • DOWNLOAD HOUSEPARTY
    Fortnite’s new integration with Houseparty means you can have live video chat in Fortnite (PC, PS4/PS5) while attending the event.
  • GET IN EARLY
    We’ve taken measures to ensure more people can attend the event, but we still recommend everyone log into Fortnite at least 60 minutes prior to the event start. The event playlist is expected to go live 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Of course, even if you can’t play the game yourself at the time, you’ll still be able to catch the action on Twitch and YouTube streams from content creators.

As Epic confirms, this is a one-time-only event, so there won’t be any reruns unlike previous end of season events.

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All leaked Fortnite skins & cosmetics from v14.60

Fortnite v14.60 brought leaked skins, pickaxes, and more cosmetics to the game.

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Fortnite v14.60 is here, and you know what that means: a batch of leaked skins that will be hitting the Item Shop in the upcoming weeks.

Fans are eagerly awaiting the next Fortnite event, which is rumored to be the biggest event in the history of the game. Until then, we can pass the time by drooling over some upcoming skins. The Cob skin is going to be a must-have going into Thanksgiving.

Leaked Skins & Back Bling

Fortnite is bringing a couple of interesting Thanksgiving skins to Fortnite, this year, including a skin concept that has existed for a while. Peely is getting the seasonal treatment and being turned into corn on the cob. This will, reportedly, be a part of a skin bundle with the evil pie-looking skin.

Of course, players will also see Venom enter the game as early as today in the Venom Cup. Winners of the skin will be able to use it this week. Everyone else will have a chance to buy it at a later date – probably this weekend.

The resident witch and wizard – Elmira and Castor – received a Dark variant in this patch, as well. Players who already own these skins will be able to access this new style right away.

Leaked Pickaxes

The leaked pickaxes in this update aren’t much to write home about – all but Venom’s pickaxe. We have some bad news about that one, though.

According to Hypex, it will be a built-in pickaxe that we won’t be able to use with other skins.

Leaked Wraps

We’ll be getting a few wraps to go along with the leaked skins in the section above. The Galaxy Wrap appears to be another style for the female Galaxy skin that we saw a while back.

The Rainbow Fog wrap looks to be a part of the upcoming Fortnite X House Party collaboration, meaning players will probably be able to get it for free.

Misc.

There are a few miscellaneous leaked cosmetics as well, including a Reboot Van emoticon, a Thor music pack, and two sprays that relate to Ghost Rider and Peely.

We don’t know whether or not you’ll be able to buy these items, but most of the time Epic save these for free challenge rewards.

Cosmetics weren’t the only leaks that were a part of the v14.60 update. We also have some information on what we can expect coming out of the next Fortnite event: Devourer of Worlds.

We’ll keep you covered with all of the leaks ahead of the update, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Patch Notes

Fortnite update 14.60 patch notes: Venom Skin, Creative changes & more

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Venom joins the fight in Fortnite Battle Royale, and there are lots of changes in Creative in the 14.60 update. There’s still no official patch notes from Epic Games, but we’ve brought together everything you need to know here.

Despite being the final update of Season 4, it looks like the bulk of the new content will be coming at the start of the new season instead.

Although there’s no complete patch notes, we can still put together all the changes here, along with the email sent out to content creators with the main features.

Venom

Venom is the highlight of this update. You can play for a chance to earn his skin the Venom cup.

The skin pack includes a Venom emote, symbiote slasher pickaxe, and tendril tote back bling. Check out the skin in-game:

XP Xtravaganza Part Two

XP Xtravaganza Part 2 starts this week: “Get the whole squad together and take on these party-wise challenges to finish out the Battle Pass in style,” Epic explain.

Houseparty x Fortnite video chat

Fortnite has teamed up with Houseparty to bring a brand new video chat feature.

Houseparty video chat will be available to Fortnite players on PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. Players will also need an iOS or Android mobile device with the Houseparty app installed. With the app installed, connect your Houseparty account to your Epic Games account to get started.”

CREATIVE

Taken from an official blog post to the Fortnite website, Epic Games detailed specific changes for Creative mode.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can now hide the Elimination Feed and mute Elimination Audio to encourage sneaky sniping!

ISLANDS

  • Updated the Hub Island portal layout to accommodate the recent updates to hub creator guidelines.

ISLANDS BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where the time of day lighting appeared differently on featured islands and personal islands.

GAMEPLAY

  • Added a new option to My Island > Settings
    • Player Elimination Audio: Off, On (Default: On) – causes eliminated players to be despawned silently.
  • Added new options to My Island > UI
    • Hide Elimination Feed: Yes, No (Default: No) – completely hides the elimination feed during the game.
    • Hide Party Eliminations: Yes, No (Default: No) – hides the number of eliminations for each party member in the Party UI during the game.

GAMEPLAY BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where an eliminated player could spectate a player on the enemy team.
  • Fixed an issue where Team Size did not limit the number of players when Join in Progress was set to ‘Spawn Next Round’.
  • Fixed an issue where the sky would flicker on PS4.

WEAPONS AND ITEMS BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where the X-4 Stormwing was de-synced after player interaction.
  • Fixed an issue where husks did not fall off edges to follow players.

CREATIVE TOOLS AND PHONE BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where players could not open the Creative Inventory after cutting and pasting a device.
  • Fixed an issue where the Creative Inventory appeared distorted when customizing a device.

PREFABS AND GALLERIES BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a collision issue with the pillar wall asset from the Princess Castle Wall galleries.
  • Fixed an issue with the bush from Winter Variant Foliage Gallery A having a yellow glow.
  • Fixed an issue with a bridge girder asset from the Steel Bridge galleries being difficult to place with the phone.
  • Fixed an issue with some of the Steel Bridge prefabs & galleries placing outside of the preview boundary.
  • Fixed an issue with the bridge street asset from the Steel Bridge set having a misaligned grid snap box.
  • Fixed an issue with assets from the Swamp Cliff Gallery displaying the wrong texture.

DEVICES

  • Added new options to the Class Selector device.
    • Activation Audio: On, Off (Default: On) – allows the audio effect played when a player changes class to be muted.
    • Zone Audio: On,Off (Default: On) – allows the ambient audio effect for the zone and the audio effects for players entering and leaving the zone to be muted.
  • Added new options to the Mutator Zone device.
    • Selected Team: None, 1-16 (Default: None)
    • Affects Team: Selected, All But Selected (Default: All But Selected)
      • These two options replace the old Safe Team option to allow the zone to affect all teams (Selected Team = None), just the Selected Team, or every team except the Selected Team.
    • Selected Class: None, Any, 1-16 (Default: None)
    • Affects Class: Selected, All But Selected (Default: All But Selected)
      • These two options replace the old Safe Class option to allow the zone to affect all classes (Selected Class = Any), players without a class (Selected Class = None), just the Selected Class, or every class except the Selected Class.
    • Update Selected Team When Receiving From: No Channel, 1-150 (Default: No Channel) – sets the Selected Team on the device to be the same team as the player who instigated the signal.
    • Update Selected Class When Receiving From: No Channel, 1-150 (Default: No Channel) – sets the Selected Class on the device to be the same class as the player who instigated the signal.

DEVICES BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue with the Player Spawn Pad’s lighting being too bright on PS5 during mixed island filters.
  • Fixed an issue where the Mutator Zone Class Selected option was offset by 1.

Fortnite 14.60 bug fixes

As per usual, the Fortnite team has also added a number of bugs and issues to their official Trello board. This week’s patch actually only has a few fixes included but will cover the battle royale, Creative mode, and even Save the World.

Here is the full list of bug fixes coming in v14.60:

General

  • Disabled voice chat cannot be re-enabled on Xbox Series X/S.
  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.

Battle Royale

  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb disabled in competitive playlists.

Creative Mode

  • Team Size setting does not properly function when Join In Progress is set to Join Next Round.

Save the World

  • Wild West Llama not granting Steampunk weapon.
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