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Epic announce Fortnite’s plans for next-gen consoles

Epic have announced their plans for Fortnite on the Xbox Series X and PS5.

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X are slated for release later this year, and Epic are preparing Fortnite to be ready for the new systems. They released a blog post on May 13 that detailed their plans for Fortnite’s availability upon the launch of these next-gen consoles.

The blog post stated that Epic will be “sharing more specific details in the coming months as we get closer to launch.” They did, however, answer a few questions, like how they’ll take advantage of the new consoles.

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One of the most noteworthy statements that Epic made was their switch to Unreal Engine 5 in mid-2021. This will likely offer enhanced visuals and new capabilities, but we’ll learn more when we get closer to that time.

Console players can expect a host of new settings, as well. PC players have the ability to minimize their graphics and get rid of shadows – making it easier to see opponents in-game. Console players have to play Fortnite on standard graphics.

Epic touched on progression, crossplay, and current-gen platforms, as well. Here’s a brief overview of the final notes in their blog post:

  • Epic intends to support cross-play across all platforms.
  • They will support current-gen consoles the same way that they support next-gen consoles.
  • All account progression will carry over into the next-gen consoles.

It appears as though Fortnite will be one of the first games that’s available on next-gen consoles. We can expect some exclusive bundles to accompany the launch on both Playstation and Xbox, as well.

More details will undoubtedly come to light as the release dates of these consoles get closer. For many console players, Fortnite will be the first game they download on their new devices.

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Fortnite players claim Epic missed an opportunity with Season 3 delay

Some Fortnite fans are claiming that the Season 3 delay was a “missed opportunity” to raise money for charity.

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On June 3, we learned that Epic Games were postponing Fortnite Season 3 due to the current climate and protests against police brutality in the United States. The season was set to release on June 11 but has been pushed another week until June 17.

This is the third time that Season 2 has been extended, nearing Chapter 2 Season 1 as the longest season in Fortnite history. Despite the delay being predicted and understandable, Fortnite players were disappointed to hear the news.

Following the delay, many Fortnite players took to social media to express their frustrations. Some even called this a “missed opportunity” for Epic Games to incite some genuine change with their massive platform.

Several posts hit the r/FortniteBR subreddit that suggested that Epic should have released the season as planned and donated a portion of their Battle Pass proceeds to related charities.

Two posts, specifically, called out Epic Games for this missed opportunity, including one from @KudosOnYT and another from u/ViangelPlaysGamesYT. Both posts have since been removed by moderators of the subreddit.

The post by ViangelPlaysGamesYT suggested that Epic add something to the Item Shop to generate money for charity instead of delaying the season and “really changing nothing.”

Electronic Arts, with all of the hate they get in the gaming community for their microtransactions, announced that they’d be donating $1 million to charity and “double match any funds that you donate to these and any other local organizations through our YourCause program during the month of June.” They announced several related initiatives in their blog post as well.

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We’ll have to see if Epic take any of these suggestions to heart. As of now, a chunk of the community tends to view the Season 3 delay under a selfish light – that Epic didn’t want the new Fortnite season overshadowed by real-world events.

Hopefully, that’s not the case and we see some sort of related charitable efforts from Epic and other studios and publishers in the wake of recent events. The opportunity is not completely missed, yet.

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Epic delay Fortnite Season 3 & Device Event for the third time

The Device Event and Fortnite Season 3 have been delayed in the wake of nationwide protests in the US.

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Epic Games have delayed Fortnite Season 3 and the Device Event for the second time. This decision comes following similar decisions from Sony and Activision, who delayed the PS5 reveal and Call of Duty season, respectively.

The team announced their decision in a blog post on June 3. The Device Event was moved from June 6 to June 15 and the new season was rescheduled for June 17.

“Recent events are a heavy reminder of ongoing injustices in society, from the denial of basic human rights to the impact of racism both overt and subtle against people of color,” they wrote in their blog post. “We’re acutely aware of the pain our friends, families, team members, players, and communities are experiencing.”

“The team is eager to move Fortnite forward, but we need to balance the Season 3 launch with time for the team to focus on themselves, their families, and their communities,” the post continued.

“The live event The Device will be delayed to Monday, June 15, and the Season 3 launch delayed to Wednesday, June 17. We know this delay comes on the heels of another one, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times.”

Fortnite fans are disappointed by the news, but it was not unexpected. As we said, other publishers and studios have made similar decisions in the wake of recent real-world events.

The exact timing of the Device Event is still up in the air, as it’s now set to take place on a Monday rather than a Saturday. We’ll keep you posted with more news about Fortnite Season 3 as it comes.

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Our top 6 wishes for Fortnite Season 3

Six changes that we want to see in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is, at the time of writing, just over a week away. Rumors are swirling about a second delay, but we haven’t heard anything from Epic. Until we do, we have to assume that the event and new season will happen as planned.

We, like many of you, have a few items on our wishlist for Season 3. Here are the top six things we want to see when the new season comes out on June 11.

A better competitive system

This will be on our wishlist until Epic, finally, give it to us. Why can’t one of the most successful games in history figure out how to make a rewarding competitive system?

We’re going to sound like a broken record to those who have followed us for a while, but it needs to be said: if you’re not competing in tournaments, then there’s no reason to grind Arena Mode. Sure, it’s a fun change of pace when you want to get sweaty, but there are 0 rewards for the time you spend in the Arena.

We need cosmetic rewards that are exclusive to high-level players, de-ranking that punishes people for poor performance, and more tiers so those with 20,000 hype aren’t in the same matches as people with 7,000. It seems simple, but Epic have yet to implement any of this since Arena first came out. Maybe Season 3 will be the time.

Weapon loadout settings

Fortnite players have been asking for this for a long time: a setting that allows us to choose our loadout customization before a match. We’ve all been burned by having a mismatched inventory or been caught swapping weapons mid-fight.

This is an issue that affects all platforms. It seems simple enough to add to the game and would be something that would garner a ton of positive feedback from the community. Just look at this concept from u/GAMERFORXI and tell us you wouldn’t want to see something like it.

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Enough with the badges!

Is there anyone who would miss the constant notifications of leveling up and earning badges? The community hated this feature in Season 1 but seemed to accept it in Season 2. Epic may have quieted the notifications, but there’s still no option to turn them off.

Epic seems to have tried to copy the achievement system from games like Call of Duty. Unfortunately, it doesn’t translate to Fortnite. In our opinion, it’s time to give up on the system.

Expand the 2-slot system

Here, we’re talking about the two-slot system that Epic used for the Bandage Bazooka. This item is, in our opinion, perfectly balanced by taking two inventory slots.

Why stop there? Other powerful weapons deserve two slots as well. Players have been calling for Heavy Snipers, RPGs, and Miniguns to take up two slots, and we’re inclined to agree.

We like these weapons in Fortnite, but Epic need to punish players for carrying them by making it more of a sacrifice. It’s an easy way to help balance some of the incredibly powerful weapons in Fortnite.

Confirm reset on release/pre-edit setting

This is a two-for-one suggestion that has to do with editing. Controller players are requesting that Epic add a ‘confirm reset on release’ option to help combat the ‘scroll wheel reset’ that KBM players have.

On top of that, everyone has been asking for a ‘disable pre-editing’ setting in Fortnite for a long time. We’ve all been burned by accidentally pre-editing a building piece during a fight. Pre-editing is a niche strategy in the first place, and most players would disable it if they had the option.

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We acknowledge that Epic are stuck between a rock and a hard place with this one. During Chapter 1, a chief complaint from competitive players was that Epic changed the game too frequently. Now, in Chapter 2, players are complaining that we aren’t getting enough new content.

The best way to appease everyone would be to separate the loot pools – something that Epic have already started to do. They can add something into public matches and bring it to competitive modes a few weeks later if it’s not an issue. Overwatch already does this with new heroes they add to the roster.

The community got what they asked for in some regard. Epic slowed things down and now we know what that’s like. Now that we’ve seen this version of Fortnite, many of us are willing to go back to the days of frequently added weapons and items, even if we get some duds in the mix.

So, there you have it: our wishlist for Fortnite Season 3. Most of these wishes have been on our list for several seasons, so we’re not getting our hopes up. Still, there’s a chance that Epic incorporate some of these popular adjustments to the new season.

Stay tuned for more Fortnite Season 3 news as it comes. We’ll have everything you need to know leading up to the next Fortnite season.

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