Fortnite’s menus are clean, easy to scroll through, and present players with only the most essential information. The Item Shop follows this same style, but the art direction is a little outdated in contrast to other screens.
The Item Shop is a feature of Fortnite that many players check almost every single day. While most of us don’t have the money to constantly snatch up skins, it’s always fun to check out what’s in store.
A lot of Fortnite’s UI elements, both in menus and in-game, have been slowly upgraded over time. Most of these changes have been to streamline the interface for users, but some tweaks have been purely artistic.
Just a slight tweak can change the world
The general layout and user design of the Item Shop works quite well. The system offers quick access to everything the store has to offer along with color coding.
There’s nothing wrong per se with the current style of the Item Shop, but it really feels like “classic” Fortnite rather than Season 8.
Community concept creator, Plugtoll, crafted a modernized version of the Item Shop. The changes aren’t massive, but rather seek to complement the current style with some extra flair.
The Item Shop if Epic Games would apply the new design and take me as a designer ;D (Pls give feedback, because I want to get better at photoshop) from r/FortNiteBR
As the saying goes, don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. Plugtoll knows this and only tweaked the art design while keeping the majority of the UI intact.
Each item now has additional jagged flairs on the bottom where the price and name of the item appear. The flairs are see-through on the smaller tiles to allow for a better view of the items.
The background has been updated with a newer image. This could even be customized via allowing players to use Loading Screens as Item Shop backgrounds.
We do have one suggestion that would make this concept even better. That’s nnimated previews of the Emotes within the Item Shop main menu.
The idea would allow you to preview all content with just one click/scroll to the Item Shop. No more clicking on each Emote separately in order to see the Emote in action.
This could present minor performance issues on low power devices, but framerate is secondary to style in menus.
What do you think of this fresh coat of paint that Plugtoll has given the Item Shop? Should they be hired by Epic Games to help them design new UI features? With a few more portfolio examples, we think…why not?
When Fortnite Season 9 starts and Chapter 2 Season 8 ends
Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Chapter 2 Season 9 starts. The season is off to a wild start, and it’s only going to get crazier.
Fortnite Season 8 just started, but it might not be your cup of tea. Here is when Fortnite Season 8 ends and Season 9 starts.
Fortnite Season 7 was out of this world in the most literal sense. But Fortnite Season 8 is even wilder. From a map filled with cubes to mysterious alternate realities, it’s already surpassed Season 7 on the crazy scale.
But that doesn’t mean Season 8 is for everyone. Some players are already asking when Fortnite Season 8 ends and season 9 starts. This article will answer both those questions and more!
Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.
When Does Fortnite Season 8 End?
Fortnite Season 8 will end on December 5, 2021. This will allow Fortnite Season 9 to start just in time for the annual Holiday event. However, a recent hotfix removed the v18.50 from the update schedule, so Fortnite Season 8 could end earlier than expected.
Since Fortnite is reaching a climactic point in its overarching storyline, players can expect an end-of-season event. Fortnite Season 7 featured an interactive experience, and a similar event will likely be held at the end of Season 8.
When Does Fortnite Season 9 Start?
Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 9 will start on December 6, 2021. Keeping with the recent trend, Fortnite Seasons start the day after the current season ends. It wouldn’t make sense for Epic Games to delay the start of Season 9 past December 6th.
Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between. There will likely be some downtime between Season 8 and 9, and it could be as long as 13 hours like the end of Season 7.
Is There a Fortnite Season 8 Live Event?
As of right now, we don’t know. We likely won’t know anything about a live event until close to the end of Fortnite Season 8. However, we will keep this article updated with the latest information.
What Season is Fortnite on?
Fortnite is currently in Chapter 2 Season 8. This is the eighth season of the second chapter which started after Chapter 1 Season 10. While most players refer to this season as “Season 8”, it’s technically Season 18.
As well, the Fortnite Crew Pack is starting a storyline connected to Midas that will span the next three months. This is the same time frame that Fortnite Season 8 will take place. This means the new Fortnite season could be related to another one of Midas’ plans.
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We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 9 starts. For more Fortnite, check out every Alien Artifact location in Season 7 and stay tuned for more news and guides.
Fabio Sparklemane’s horrifying Fortnite lore explained
Fabio Sparklemane from Fortnite Season 8 has some pretty horrifying lore. Here’s everything we know about the cursed unicorn man,
Fortnite Season 8’s Battle Pass features a fabulous unicorn named Fabio Sparklemane whose lore is pretty terrifying.
Fortnite is no stranger to interesting character concepts. Some characters are interesting because of their backstory, while others are just a sight to behold.
You have characters like Peely who are just a piece of sentient food. Or Fishstick and Doggo who are anthropomorphic animals. And you can forget Jellie or Ripley who are living piles of goo.
Fabio Sparklemane is the latest in Fortnite’s animal-turned-human line of skins. He’s a magical unicorn who doubles as the mascot for sugary cereal. However, Fabio Sparklemane’s lore is actually quite horrifying.
Fabio Sparklemane Lore Explained
Fabio’s exuberant appearance and personality are a facade. Underneath his rainbow exterior lies some horrifying lore. That’s because a cereal-based curse plagues Fabio Sparklemane.
The curse is made evident the first time players interact with the Fabio Sparklemane NPC. Fabio’s very first line of dialogue is “HIYA!! ANY IDEA HOW TO BREAK CEREAL-BASED CURSES???”
Players can learn even more about the official mascot of Unicorn Flakes by reading his bio. His bio reads “Fabio Sparklemane is cursed to roam the Island shooting cereal from his hooves until the sun turns to ash in the sky.”
Fabio Sparklemane’s Emote
Players can find even more evidence of Fabio’s curse by investigating his cosmetics. The built-in Flake Shakee emote makes Fabio eat cereal and do an Irish jig. However, the emote’s description reveals the sinister meaning behind the dance.
The Flake Shake emote description reads, “He’s actually in horrible agony.”
Fabio Sparklemane’s Sinister Theme Song
Players can also unlock the Flake That lobby track through the Season 8 Battle Pass. At first, the theme song sounds like any other breakfast cereal diddy. However, the lyrics and death metal switch up reveals even more about Fabio’s curse.
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Listeners will hear Fabio scream in agony while asking for help. “Flake That” also features dark lyrics such as “The hoof is a curse that must be obeyed. You never escape what the rainbow has made.” And it also references some sort of cereal-powered monster.
What is going on with Fabio Sparklemane
So, what does all of this mean? There are a lot of theories flying around the web. Some players believe that Fabio will somehow wake a monster that ends Season 8. Others believe the “curse” is just a marketing stunt.
What we believe is that Fabio Sparklemane is a man trapped inside a unicorn’s body. One of Fabio’s dialogue lines supports this theory. If a player talks to the NPC dressed as Fabio, he will say “OH NO!! THEY GOT YOU TOO?!?”
But what do you think of our theory? Do you think Fabio is a cursed horse-man hybrid who will wake a demonic creature, or do you have your own theory? Let us know by sending us a tweet to @FortniteINTEL on Twitter.
For more Fortnite, check out the fastest way to level up in Season 8, and stay tuned for more news and guides.
Why Fortnite Sideways Anomalies are insanely overpowered
The new Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here is how players can use them to their advantage.
The new Sideways Anomalies introduced at the start of Fortnite Season 8 are ridiculously overpowered. Here’s why you need to be visiting these anomalies.
Fortnite Season 8 is off to a weird start. Where the past few seasons had themes that were easy to understand, Season 8 is a black swan.
With Cubed being the Season 8 title theme, a bunch of Kevin Cubes have popped up all over the map. Like in Chapter 1, these cubes roll around the map leaving destruction in their wake. But there’s even more to this season’s madness.
Epic Games also threw in the new Sideways biomes. These are zit-lit bubbles that appear on the map that are infested with dangerous creatures. However, the Sideways Anomalies are smaller biomes that are game-changing additions to Fortnite.
What are Sideways Anomalies in Fortnite?
There are two ways players can enter The Sideways in Fortnite Season 8. The first and most popular is via The Sideways biome that appears on one of the POIs at the start of every match. These biomes do not disappear, and they are heavily populated by players and monsters.
However, The Sideways biomes are not as accessible or rewarding as the Sideways Anomalies. Sideways Anomalies appear as purple rift-like markers on the map, and there are three on the map at all times.
When approached, the rifts will expand and create a smaller Sideways biome. Cube Monsters will begin to spawn, and players will be able to spend a small amount of time inside the anomaly before it closes. Once the Sideways Anomaly closes, another one will appear on the map.
Why Sideways Anomalies overpowered
Aside from the larger Sideways biome, players tend to ignore the Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. However, players should visit every Sideways Anomaly they can. Here’s a list of reasons players should visit the Sideways Anomalies.
- Siphon health from Cube Monster eliminations
- Easily get max ammo from Cube Monsters
- Easy way to get Mythic Sideways Weapons
Every time a player kills a Cube Monster, they will gain health and shield. And since the Cube Monsters are easy to kill, players can get full health and shield super quickly. As well, Cube Monsters drop a lot of ammo when eliminated.
Players can also get overpowered Mythic Sideways weapons after visiting 1 or 2 Sideways Anomalies. But what makes these so overpowered is the small number of players that visit them.
Yes, you can get all of these benefits from the large Sideways biomes, but it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter an opponent at Fortnite Sideways Anomalies. Having a biome all to yourself takes the edge off of getting geared up.
Are you a fan of the new Sideways biomes, and have you tried the Sideways Weapons yet? Let us know your thoughts on our FortniteINTEL Twitter page.
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