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All of Epic Games’ Fortnite Battle Royale Reddit AMA answers

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Epic Games held a Fortnite Battle Royale Ask Me Anything on Reddit on Friday, February 22nd. Here you can find every question which received an answer.

AMA stands for Ask Me Anything. AMA’s given developers, influencers, and celebirities a chance to connect with their fan base and answer many of the question they may have.

The full announcement post was as follows…

Welcome to today’s Fortnite Battle Royale AMA, we’re pumped you could make it! Let’s introduce who will be answering your questions today.

Today’s Devs

  • EpicEricSW – Design
  • DanDaDaDanDan – Engineering
  • RZElive – Production

You gave us some great questions to start off with. So let’s dive right into those questions/answers.

Q: Could you add the option for all consoles (including Nintendo Switch) to lower graphic settings and removing things like motion blur and shadows?

A: We are adding an option to disable motion blur (off by default) in Season 8.

Disabling shadows currently provides a gameplay benefit. This is not our intention and we are tweaking the way shadows are rendered to both brighten them and also make characters stand out better. This is going to be an ongoing effort starting with v8.0 and we will evaluate other options if this doesn’t end up working.

Q: If you complete 13 overtime challenges, you get the battle pass for free & it’s originally 950 vbucks, will we have the option to purchase the bundle if we want to? and will it be full priced if we’ve already earned the free pass. Thanks!

A: Yes, the Season 8 Battle Bundle will be available at a discount for players who earn a Season 8 Battle Pass via the Overtime Challenges.

Q: Ranked.. when?

A: We believe the key pillars for competition are:

  • Compete whenever you want
  • Measure and communicate your skill
  • Be challenged
  • Pop-up cups are a first small step in this direction, expect lots of iteration.

Q: Do you intend on improving the gameplay sound?

A: In the last few weeks we’ve started reviewing our gameplay audio and found there’s a lot of room for improvement. Season 8’s update will contain:

  • Improved Weapon firing sounds:
    • All player weapon fire sounds are now 2D stereo, giving them a much fuller and natural sound.
    • All 3rd person weapon sounds from other players are now mono and run through the new reverb, which gives much better point spatialization while still sounding ‘in the world’.
  • Reverb
    • There is now a global reverb available.
    • We are setting it up as an ‘opt-in’ feature, so we will be adding the reverb to categories of sounds as we go.
    • Currently, weapon related sounds are set up with reverb. In the future, we will be able to have different reverb settings for different areas of the map.
  • ADS / Crouch Foley
    • New sounds have been added for going into and out of ADS on each weapon, as well as sounds for going in and out of crouch. This gives a better sense of player ownership of actions.
  • Improvements to upstairs / downstairs footsteps for better tactical awareness.
  • Improved hit notification audio
  • Improvements to sound and mix of 2D hit notifications when players land shots on enemies. This includes a new clearer “shield break” sound.
  • Cleaned up the “weak-point” harvesting crit sound
  • We increased the dynamic range and shortened the length of this sound; it is still clear but much less fatiguing.
  • Fixed an issue preventing footsteps from being heard in some situations.
  • Even more improvements coming later in Season 8!

Q: What is the reason for not separating SEA servers? We have to play on 150 ping in pop up events

A: We are hosting our Asian servers in Tokyo and Singapore.

The majority of players in the general region are best served by our Tokyo data center, and we dynamically route players to Singapore if there are enough players in queue who have better ping to that location.

Generally, this allows us to more dynamically deal with fragmentation as platform * playlist * region results in a lot of buckets and regional populations swing by as much as a factor of 30-40 between daily peak and valley.

Having said that, we recently made some changes to our matchmaking wait times to help improve the experience of players with a better connection to our Singapore data center and have some other changes in development to further improve the situation. We are aiming for them to land in March.

Q: Can you add a button to the item shop to confirm purchases, to prevent accidental purchases?

A: We are working on ways to eliminate accidental purchases. In the meantime, we have a refund token system to help.

Q: Who has the most wins at Epic Games headquarters?

A: [EPIC] Tense (Mitch Meara): 577 in default playlists

Q: What was the hardest location to replace/get rid of?

A: Dusty Depot since that was the first time we had to make the decision to take the plunge and change something at a larger scale. Generally everything we change has a bittersweet aspect to it for somebody.

Q: Just one word for season 8?

A: Bananas

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Bizzle joins old teammates after split with Commandment & Clix

Bizzle, Clix, and Commandment have split as Bizzle rejoins Dubs and Megga.

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There’s been a bit of shuffling in professional Fortnite trios over the past couple of days. The team of Bizzle, Commandment, and Clix has split, each going their separate ways. Bizzle joined his old partners, Megga and Dubs, While Commandment joined Edgey and Cented. For now, Clix is the only one of the three to not have a trio team.

This news comes after a rough server performance in a recent Trios tournament, which saw all of the players rubber-banding, lagging, and being lost in the storm with no way to get out. As Bizzle tweeted, the performance looked like one of the first Fortnite tournaments to exist.

Following this tournament, Commandment was the first to announce that he’d be leaving the team. Bizzle released a TwitLonger, stating that he’d be teaming back up with Megga and Dubs rather than looking for a third player to join him and Clix.

The TwitLonger also took aim at the current state of competitive Fortnite along with the server performance. “The Shockwave launcher disabled us from playing the way we were used to and crazy end game lag lead to a lot of thrown games. Every game we would have height, or outplay the team who had it and take it from them, and with the Shockwave launcher being in the game it completely ruined our play-style and attitude,” he wrote.

Despite the split, the three players appear to be on good terms with one another. Clix replied to Bizzle’s tweet, telling him that he’s the best player that Clix has played with.

The most interesting part of this situation is that Chap and Edgey called this split a few weeks back. The dueling trios were having a grief battle in pro scrims, leading to Chap telling his team and viewers, “I can’t wait for this trio to split.”

Edgey, who is ironically now teamed-up with Commandment, told Chap and Av that Bizzle and Clix would “snake each other for Dubs and Megga.” It may not have ended in any bad blood, but that’s essentially what happened.

Although the Season 3 FNCS is Solos, most of the pros prefer the Trios format, meaning that’s what we largely see in scrimmages. We’re also seeing several Trios tournaments and Cash Cups this season, so we’ll undoubtedly see the new teams hit Season 3 soon. Now, all that’s left is to see where Clix lands. Fellow NRG member UnknownArmy needs a team…

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How to claim the new PlayStation Plus Celebration pack

Epic and Sony have joined forces to offer PlayStation players another free Fortnite cosmetic pack.

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Yesterday, we covered the news of Sony’s large investment in Epic Games and what that meant for Fortnite. One of our biggest takeaways in the article is that PlayStation would likely get some additional exclusive cosmetic bundles for their players.

It didn’t take long for this to come to fruition. A day later, Epic announced the new PlayStation Celebration bundle to go along with their other exclusive skins. This one includes the “Introducing” emote, Stratosphere Glider, and Down Arrow Contrail.

The Celebration Pack should be available to all players, worldwide, on July 10. Some players already have access to it. Those who have already claimed their exclusive Fortnite cosmetic items should know the process, but here it is for those who are unaware:

  • Visit the PlayStation Store
  • Navigate to Fortnite
  • Scroll down until you see the new Celebration Pack
  • Download the cosmetic pack.

This pack replaces the old Celebration Pack that included a couple of free skins, but you can grab both if the former pack is still in the shop. Don’t worry too much if you missed it, as we expect Fortnite to release several exclusive PlayStation packs in the future.

We don’t know how long this bundle will be in the store, but you can expect it to last a couple of months, at least. Grab it now to make sure you don’t miss out!

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What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite?

The implications of a massive investment on the biggest game in the world, Fortnite.

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On July 9, it was announced that Sony invested $250 million in Fortnite developer, Epic Games, making them a minority investor in the company. This brings Epic’s total investment capital to $1.58 billion.

Epic has been a major player in video games for a long time but made their biggest mark on the space with Fortnite, the game that we all came here to talk about.

Although Fortnite is Epic’s biggest product, at the moment, the company has their hands in several different titles and sources of income The Epic Games store, for instance, is looking to rival Steam by purchasing some massive games as exclusive content.

According to multiple reports, Sony’s investment in Epic will not affect the release of future titles. It’s not like Epic are going to make Fortnite a PlayStation exclusive. It might work in reverse, however. There’s a chance that Sony could bring some of their PlayStation exclusives to the Epic Games store on PC.

What does this mean for Fortnite? Well, in the words of Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, “Fortnite will never die.” This is a tad hyperbolic, but it’s clear that the gaming industry, as a whole, is ready for Fortnite to stick around for another ten years, or so. It wouldn’t be the first game to have a massive lifespan.

Apart from some additional money to work with, the biggest thing this means for Fortnite is probably in the cosmetic department. Now that Sony is a major investor in Epic, we can expect the developer to scratch their back with some exclusive skins.

Don’t worry, though. PlayStation players probably won’t get any priority when it comes to using new features or anything like that. What does the $250 million Sony investment mean for Fortnite? Ten more years of our favorite battle royale.

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