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5 times Fortnite tricked their player base

The Fortnite plotline is tricky with a lot of dead ends. Here are five times Fortnite tricked their player base.

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Casual Fortnite fans may not know about all of the nuances of the game’s plotline. On its surface, Fortnite seems like little more than a cartoony Battle Royale game. The plot that’s spanned three years of the game’s lifecycle can be a lot to digest for new or casual players.

Dedicated players know that there’s a ton going on behind the scenes, however. In fact, there’s hours worth of content on YouTube dedicated to deciphering the subtleties of the Fortnite storyline – always updating and changing with each event.

Epic knows this and is intentional with what they tell their fans and what they omit. They also set traps for theorists, giving the red herrings that ultimately lead to dead ends.

That’s what we’re focusing on, here; the times when Epic tricked Fortnite players into thinking something would happen when it wouldn’t. Here are five times that Fortnite ticked their player base.

1. Heroes vs. Villains

Longtime Fortnite players know that Chapter 2 Season 4 isn’t the first time that heroes made their way into the game. Chapter 1 Season 4 had the same theme – albeit without the Marvel crossover.

Most fans assumed that the theme of the season was “Heroes vs. Villains.” When the season ended, however, we found out that the Battle Pass characters were actually a part of a film – not heroes and villains in real life. This was all a distraction while the Visitor set his plan in motion.

Not only did this red herring lead theorists down the wrong path for the season, but the theme led us to believe that The Visitor was evil – something that wouldn’t get cleared up for another six seasons.

2. Tilted Towers Destruction

The destruction of Tilted Towers was rumored to take place almost every season of Chapter 1. When the Visitor’s rocket first took off, it headed directly for Tilted before rift-jumping into the sky. From that point forward, fans assumed that each update would bring the destruction of Tilted Towers with it.

Season after season, Titled stayed standing – save for one building in the middle of the POI that kept getting destroyed. When Tilted eventually did get destroyed at the end of Season 8, the building that was constantly under construction was the only one that stayed standing.

3. Fortnite X It 2

When It 2 came out in September of last year, red balloons began popping up all over the Fortnite map. This was right after the Fortnite X Stranger Things crossover, so fans assumed that It was coming next. We even saw leaks surrounding Pennywise and possible voice tracks.

Unfortunately, none of that ever came into the game. The red balloons hanging out of sewers were all that we got. We don’t know if this was intentionally misleading or if something happened between the studio and Epic, but the Fortnite X It 2 crossover never came to fruition.

4. The Crashed Astronaut

In the Fortnite Season 3 Battle Pass, one of the characters seemed a bit out of place with the theme. Sonia, an astronaut, seemed like she belonged in the Chapter 1 Season 3 Battle Pass rather than in Chapter 2.

Later on in the season, when the water level began to lower, we found Sonia’s ship with another astronaut inside. Players were able to complete a mission to get the ship back in the sky, but that was the last we saw of this strange visitor.

It might be too soon to call this a Fortnite red herring, but we haven’t seen anything happen with this astronaut. For now, it seems like Epic were misleading us, here.

5. Ghost and Shadow War

Much like the theme of the heroes and villains in Chapter 1 Season 4, the Chapter 2 Season 2 theme strongly misled players as to where things were going. Players assumed that there was a massive war brewing between Ghost and Shadow, and that the Chaos Agent and Midas were the leaders of it.

When we heard that Midas was working on a Doomsday Device, we assumed that this would be his retaliation against Shadow. They had taken over most of the major POIs, after all. When the Doomsday Device went off, however, we learned that Midas was fighting against the storm and the creators of the simulation. The war with Shadow was only a front.

To this day, we don’t know the exact objective of Midas. The last we saw, he was eaten by a shark at the beginning of Season 3. One thing’s for sure, though: the Ghost vs. Shadow war was nothing more than a distraction.

There were other moments of trickery throughout the seasons of Fortnite, but these were the most jarring ones. Some honorable mentions include The black helicopters from Chapter 1, along with the Enforcers – who never really did anything once they got here.

Epic Games is playing a subtle game with their plotline. As players and theorists, we don’t know what’s important and what’s a red herring. We still have a lot to uncover within the story of Fortnite, but keep an eye out for dead ends.

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How to visit different Witch Shacks for Forntitemares Challenge

Here are all of the Witch Shack locations for the Fortnitemares 2020 challenges.

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We’re a week into the Fortnitemares 2020 event and the challenges are still rolling along. We have another week to finish these challenges before the event is over, but that’s plenty of time to unlock all of the new cosmetics.

Today, October 27, the final challenges of the event unlocked for players to complete. One of these challenges requires you to visit three different Witch Shacks, scattered around the map. These also provide players with the Witch Brooms you’ll need for an earlier challenge.

The reward for completing this particular challenge is a pickaxe, so it’s worth your time – especially if you know where to go.

By our count, there are seven Witch Shacks on the Fortnite map – each in a different region. You’ll find one North of Doom’s Domain, Southeast of Steamy Stacks, on the western coast of Sweaty Sands, just north of Salty Springs, off the coast of Catty Corner, and South of Slurpy Swamp.

If you want to do this challenge as quickly as possible, we suggest jumping into a game of Team Rumble and visiting the three shacks on the western portion of the map. This shouldn’t be too difficult with Glider Re-Deploy.

Here’s a map of all of the Witch Shack locations for your reference.

The rest of the Fortnitemares challenges should be straightforward, but most of them won’t be possible in Team Rumble. You’re going to need to fight for Midas at The Ruins to Eliminate him – a tall task while fighting players, Shadows, and henchmen. Good Luck!

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Fortnite Season 4 Week 10 Challenge guide

Fortnite Season 4 Week 10 is here. These are all of the challenges you need to complete.

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Fortnite Season 4 is winding down, with the 10th week of challenges about to go live. You’ll have a lot on your plate, this week, when you combine all of the weekly challenges with the final week of Fortnitemares 2020.

The challenges for Season 4 Week 10 are relatively easy. As usual, we’ll be collecting materials, eliminating players, and driving from point A to point B – this time in a boat. Here are all of the Season 4 Week 10 Fortnite challenges:

  • Search Chests at Upstate New York
  • Eliminations at Lazy Lake
  • Collect Metal from Slurpy Swamp
  • Catch fish at Heart Lake
  • Eliminate opponents by hitting them with vehicles
  • Drive a boat from The Fortilla to The Authority in less than 4 minutes
  • Ride 20,000 meters in a vehicle
  • Deal damage to opponents at Sentinel Graveyard
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We’re going to be getting into some road rage this week while we hit opponents with a car. This one is going to be fun. you have the best chance of completing this one by landing at Stark Industries, hopping into a car, and slamming into the people who land with you.

At first glance, we weren’t sure where Upstate New York or Heart Lake was. As it turns out, these two places are one and the same. Upstate New York is the massive chunk of land that’s home to Stark Industries. Heart Lake is the lake in the center of it.

Now that you know where to go for the Upstate New York and Heart Lake challenges, the rest of these should be as easy as playing a few challenge-focused games.

If you don’t already know, Sentinel Graveyard refers to the wide-open space in the hills, south of The Authority (The Ruins, right now). This isn’t usually a hotbed of activity, but it will probably see more action for the first few days after the challenges come out.

Hopefully, these challenges will bring you closer to unlocking all of the Season 4 foil skins, which might be the best-looking “enlightened” skins we’ve seen. Good luck!

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Epic Games teaser points to future Fortnite X G.I. Joe crossover

Epic Games Creative Director, Donald Mustard, has hinted at a future Fortnite X G.I. Joe crossover.

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Fortnite crossovers have taken on a new life in 2020. We’re past the point of one-off crossovers and are experiencing a world that’s now permanently intertwined with the Marvel Universe. What Epic have done with Fortnite is nothing short of impressive.

Donald Mustard, the Epic Games Creative Director and one of the primary minds behind the clash of Marvel and Fortnite, has appeared on multiple platforms, lately, including a Zoom call stream with Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards.

Their conversation didn’t give too much away about the future of Fortnite, but the background of Mustard’s side of the call, apparently, did. After the call ended, Donald Mustard tweeted that there were “clues to future stuff I’ve hidden into the background of my ‘wfh’ space.”

Fortnite fans heard this news and sprung into action, digging through the discussion frame-by-frame. One of the first clues found was the Snake Eyes action figure from G.I. Joe.

Snake Eyes is one of the most popular characters from the G.I. Joe franchise, and he could be the only character from that universe that we see in the game. On the other hand, it could be a red herring and distracting us from a subtler clue that has yet to be discovered.

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This was, likely, not the only spoiler that was included in Donald Mustard’s background – it’s just the only one that’s been found, so far. Redditors are still sifting through the interview to see if they can find anything else.

A G.I. Joe crossover would make sense in the future, but probably not in the middle of a Marvel-themed season. We saw the Ghostbusters come to the game this part week, but those fit the Halloween theme. G.I. Joe and Snake Eyes will probably wait for Season 5.

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