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5 things Fortnite could do to compete with CoD Warzone

Call of Duty: Warzone is out now. How will Fortnite win some of its players back from this heavy-hitting Battle Royale?

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Call of Duty: Warzone is out now. How will Fortnite win some of its players back from this heavy-hitting Battle Royale?

Another ‘Fortnite killer’ has been released into the wild, threatening to take a large chunk of the Battle Royale audience away from Fortnite. No game will ever match the unique experience that is Fortnite, but casual players are undoubtedly going to try the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone.

The release of Apex Legends led to a free Fortnite Battle Pass, siphon in pubs, Reboot Vans, and a pinging system. Clearly, Epic takes competition seriously.

Yesterday, when Activision announced the Call of Duty BR, Epic shot back with an immediate announcement of the Fortnite Champion Series for Season 2. What else do they have up their sleeve? How else will Epic compete with this fun, polished, unique BR? Let’s speculate.

Bring Siphon Back

The most immediate impact that Apex Legends had on Fortnite was the implementation of siphon in all game modes. Nearly everyone loved siphon until it was unceremoniously removed for promoting “unhealthy aggression.”

High-level Fortnite players are now calling public Fortnite matches “Arena without siphon.” In many ways, they’re right. Public solo matches, in particular, can be just as tough as Arena matches are.

Players of all levels are asking for the return of siphon. There’s no better time than now to give everyone what they want.

Quality of life changes (FoV slider)

There are a ton of small QoL changes that Epic could make to Fortnite that would make all of the difference. Players have been asking for an FoV slider for years. Right now might be the perfect time to give it to us.

Things like a loadout preset, FoV slider, competitive rewards, and locker customization options seem like no-brainers. At this point, it could even appear as though Epic has been waiting on a true BR competitor before they dropped some of these features.

Wouldn’t it be great to see the next update bring us a host of quality-of-life improvements? This might be the best way to combat another popular game like Warzone.

Separate the competitive loot pool

Separating the Fortnite loot pools is probably the least-likely suggestion on this list, while simultaneously making the most sense.

Competitive Fortnite players hate the C4 and Heavy Sniper meta that has taken over mid-game fights. These weapons present easy kill opportunities in competitive matches, with little skill needed.

At the same time, the casual community seems to love Heavy Snipers and mythic weapons. The compromise is simple: take the overpowered weapons out of competitive and test things in public matches before adding them to tournaments.

Will Epic do this? Almost certainly not. They’ve been extremely reluctant to separate the loot pools in the past, and probably won’t start now. Still, it would make a ton of sense and might incentivize many competitive players to stay on Fortnite.

Free Battle Pass

What’s the easiest way to keep players on Fortnite and away from competing games? Free stuff.

People forget that Epic gave us the opportunity to earn a free Battle Pass when Apex Legends first hit the scene. Season 7 was extended and Epic provided us with some challenges and a chance to earn the Season 8 Battle Pass for free.

This would be a Band-Aid fix for the issue, but it could bring some players back to the game within the next couple of months. Season 2 is still young, but we might see this coming at the end of the season.

Copy the Gulag

Epic isn’t shy about borrowing mechanics from other Battle Royale competitors and putting them into Fortnite. No, Apex Legends wasn’t the first game to implement vaults, but it’s naive to think that Fortnite vaults didn’t have something to do with Apex Legends.

Of course, Fortnite and other games also copied the reboot and pinging systems from Apex Legends. Some players even claim that the NPC bosses were influenced by Escape from Tarkov. What, if anything, will come out of Warzone and make its way into Fortnite?

Most of the new BR elements in Warzone seems specific to Call of Duty, which is awesome for Warzone players. Admittedly, I haven’t spent hours playing Warzone yet (it’s only a few hours old), but one of the elements that Epic could ‘borrow’ is the Gulag.

For those who don’t know, your first death in Warzone isn’t a death. You get transported to the Gulag and play a 1v1 Gunfight match against another deceased player. If you win, you get another chance in the arena.

I don’t know what a Fortnite version of this would look like, but there was a Gunfight LTM in Fortnite in the past. Epic could steal this one and bring it to Fortnite, but we’d probably have to wait until next season.

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So, there are five ways that Epic can raise the bar and compete with the new Call of Duty BR. If you haven’t played Warzone, yet, it’s far more entertaining and unique than last year’s Blackout. It really feels like a Call of Duty BR, rather than a polished PUBG clone.

I’m going to play Warzone, and many of you will as well. Epic knows this, and are hopefully planning something to revive their player count. Warzone won’t kill Fortnite, but it might leave a mark if Epic isn’t careful.

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

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Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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All Fortnite Season 6 Exotic Weapon locations

Fortnite Season 6 is here, and only a few Exotic weapons made it. Here are all Exotic weapon locations for the new Fortnite season.

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Fortnite Season 6 marked the return of Exotic weapons to Fortnite. Not all of the Season 6 weapons are there, however, and they’ve moved locations.

There’s no shortage of new mechanics in Fortnite Season c, with the addition of crafting, the map changes, and a whole lot more.

Mythics have returned to the game in Season 6 but in a limited capacity. The only classic Mythic items in Fortnite Season 5 include the Spire Jumpboots and the Spire Assassin’s Primal Shotgun.

What’s more, Epic added craftable items to the game that allow players to create unique weapons out of existing parts. For instance, a Mechanical Bow and two Shockwave Grenades make the Shockwave Bow – a massive upgrade from both weapons.

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Fortnite Season 6 Exotic weapon locations

Exotic weapons have returned to Fortnite Season 6, but not as many as we had in Season 5. These will be supplementary items rather than the focus of the season, which appears to be on the new crafting mechanic.

Many of the NPCs who sold these items in Season 5 have also either moved locations or don’t sell them anymore, so a new guide is needed. Here’s a map of all of the Season 6 Exotic weapon locations.

As you can see, there are seven Exotic weapons and items currently available in Fortnite Season 6. These are the:

  • Hop Rock Dualies: sold by Gutbomb in Logjam Woodworks
  • Chug Cannon: sold by Slurp Jonesy in Slurpy Swamp
  • Shadow Tracker Pistol: sold by Power Chord in Dance Club Cabin
  • Marksman Six Shooter: sold by Deadfire northwest of Lazy Lake
  • Grappler Bow: sold by Lara Croft in Stealthy Stronghold
  • Unstable Bow: sold by Rebirth Raven northwest of Sweaty Sands
  • Raz’s Mythic Explosive Bow: dropped after eliminating Raz at The Spire

The good news is that, unlike last season, all of the NPCs that sell Exotics only spawn in one location – at least, so far.

We’ll keep this post updated as Epic add more Exotics to Fortnite Season 6. We expect to see them takes things further as the season goes on, so stay tuned to more news on Exotic weapons.

Image Credit: Epic Games, Fortnite.GG

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May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes Save The World and Spotify Premium

The May 2021 Fortnite Crew pack includes the exclusive Deimos skin set, the original Save The World mode, and three months of Spotify Premium.

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Fortnite revealed the upcoming May 2021 Crew Pack which comes with a membership exclusive skin, the game’s original Save The World mode, and Spotify Premium.

Epic Games introduced the Fortnite Crew Subscription service during Chapter 2 Season 5. For $11.99 USD a month players would receive an exclusive skin set, 1,000 V-Bucks, and instant access to the current season’s Battle Pass.

As Fortnite has continued the service, it has also sweetened the deal by including memberships to other subscription services like Disney+. For the month of May, subscribers are being offered more for their money than ever before.

The May Fortnite Crew Pack will offer the Deimos skin set which comes with a pickaxe, back bling, and weapon wrap. This also includes Deimos’ green skin variants and a loading screen background. Fortnite’s Deimos is a modernized depiction of the Greek god of dread.

Deimos will also be introduced as a playable character in Fortnite’s original Save The World game mode. Fortnite launched in 2017 with only the Save The World mode but was popularized when the Battle Royale mode launched a few months later. May Fortnite Crew members will also gain permanent access to Save The World.

Subscribers are also being offered three months of Spotify Premium for free. However, this offer is only available to new Spotify Premium customers. Existing or previous customers will have to create a new account if they want to redeem this offer. The offer expires on June 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST.

The May Crew membership comes with the normal monthly benefits such as access to the Battle Pass and 1,000 V-Bucks. Epic Games stated that every Thursday during the month of May, Fortnite Crew members would receive special in-game bonuses.

While the weekly benefits remain a mystery, it will be interesting to see what Fortnite has in store for players. The May Fortnite Crew pack is offering the best deal yet and weekly challenges/rewards will only add more value. We’ll keep you posted about the weekly Crew bonuses whenever they’re announced.

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