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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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Fortnite reveals first look at Ant-Man skin coming soon

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Fortnite Ant-Man skin teaser

Epic Games have revealed the first look at what’s expected to be an upcoming Ant-Man skin in Fortnite, but you’ll have to be looking closely at their teasers to spot him.

The Fortnite developers are continuing their relentless spree of crossovers, especially with superhero skins, and it looks like we’re getting another one very soon.

This time around, it’s the tiny Ant-Man. On March 6, Epic Games tweeted an image Domino, Cable, and Psylocke, but look closer, and you’ll spot someone else there too.

Sitting on Cable’s arm, we can make out the tiny hero.

And that’s not the only teaser for Ant-Man. In a second image, we can see him standing on the tip of the sword.

We’d assume that Ant-Man will actually be the regular character model size when the skin is playable in game – or else it would be the most powerful skin around (although not sure how he’d hold any weapons).

Unfortunately, we can’t make out the finer details of the skin as the images show him so small.

When is the Fortnite Ant-Man skin release date?

We don’t have the exact release date for the Ant-Man skin yet unfortunately. But, just based on previous teasers, we wouldn’t expect the wait to be too long.

Usually after a new portal is added in-game, and teasers start dropping, it’s only a matter of days before we can get our hands of the skin.

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How to disable pre-edits in Fortnite

After over a year of fan requests, Epic have added a ‘disable pre-edit’ option to Fortnite. Here’s where you can find it.

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In the v15.20 update, Epic Games added a much-requested setting to Fortnite: ‘disable pre-edits.’ Here’s how it works and how to select it.

Finally, after years of Reddit threads, Twitter posts, and pro players begging, Epic added a ‘disable pre-edit’ setting to Fortnite.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new setting, including how it works and where to find it.

What does ‘pre-editing’ mean?

Pre-editing refers to the ability to edit a structure before placing it. The most popular use of pre-edits throughout Fortnite history was a cone/ramp edit when controller players had to use Combat Pro.

Now, however, very few players use pre-edits. Instead, pre-edits offer an obstacle, as they’re almost always completed by mistake. Of course, there are still some niche applications for pre-edits, but most players wanted Epic to add an option to disable these edits.

How to disable pre-edits

You can find the new option under the settings tab (cog wheel) in the start menu. Scroll down to the “Building” section, and you’ll see four options. One of them is the new “Disable Pre-Edit Option.”

If you turn this off, you’ll no longer be able to edit structures before placing them – good news for the bulk of the Fortnite community.

If may have taken Epic years to add this option, but it’s finally here. Next stop, an FoV slider!

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How to use pre-editing to your advantage in Fortnite

Don’t turn off pre-edits so fast! Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these new competitive strategies.

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Learn how to make pre-edits work for you in Fortnite with these competitive strategies.

Pre-edits in Fortnite can be maddening when you’re in the middle of a fight. More often than not, the pre-edits will work against you as you accidentally edit a hole in your floor or a window in your wall. Before you know it, you’re taking fall damage or getting shot because you hit the wrong button while battling someone.

Epic recently added a lon-requested setting to Fortnite, giving players the ability to toggle pre-edits on and off. Now, with a simple setting change, you’ll never need to worry about pre-edits again.

This doesn’t mean that pre-edits are entirely useless. In the patch before the setting change was released, pro player Maken used them expertly to outplay his opponent.

Useful pre-edits have also been posted to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit in the past. These pre-edits focus on cones, and give players the ability to fake-out opponents and even place their structures through turbo-builds.

The first strategy involves subverting the expectations of your opponent. Most skilled players anticipate edits, but using a pre-edited cone can get you a free shot.

As you can see, all you have to do is edit the wall, place your triangle cone, resent the cone edit, and shoot your opponent. There’s hardly anything they can do to prevent this free shot – especially since they aren’t going to see it coming.

The above clip from u/DemianNieuwenhuis has a very niche application. After all, using a regular cone is going to be far more useful in most situations. The only time your pre-edited cone will work is when someone is standing outside of your box.

This next clip is more of an exploit than anything. It also requires you to pre-edit your cone; this time in a V shape. You can exploit the new Turbo Building system and place the V-cone under your opponent’s ceiling after breaking their cone.

Again – like the other clip – this strategy will only be useful in certain situations. You won’t be able to cone-block opponents or even protect yourself from above if you run around with your cones all jacked up like this.

Still, these strategies are worth mentioning – especially if you find yourself in a 1v1. You can surprise your opponent with both of them, and steal some shots without taking damage.

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