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Epic Games drop Fortnite World Cup-themed merch

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Fortnite fans have been able to purchase different items of merchandise, toys, and collectibles to show off their love through the Retail Row merch store, and now die-hards can buy World Cup-themed clothing.

Epic Games launched its Fortnite merch store, Retail Row, on December 19, 2018, that included the Durr Burger onesie that went on to sell out.

The store has gone on to include Funko Pop figures, skateboard decks, plushies, and more in order to help any Fortnite fan show off their passion for Victory Royales.

Announced during the Fortnite World Cup Duo Finals, the Retail Row shop has been updated to include nine new items designed after the $30 million tournament.

World Cup merch

During the middle of matches, Zeke announced that Fortnite World Cup merch is now available through the online Retail Row shop.

Of the nine newly added items there are two hoodies, three different World Cup-themed t-shirts, a baseball cap, and youth t-shirts.

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If you want to take a look at the yellow hoodie, guest host Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins can be seen on the Fortnite World Cup Duo Finals broadcast donning the new piece of merch! Ninja will be casting alongside Jack ‘Courage’ Dunlop.

Fortnite World Cup Duo Finals

As of writing, we are over halfway through the Duo Finals with each game being won by a different duo.

If you want to keep up with the Finals, be sure to watch our hub.

The winners of the Duo Finals will walk away with $1.5 million apiece, for a combined prize of $3 million!

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Marauders’ Fortnite Season 3 storyline connection revealed

Marauders may be the missing link between Fortnite Battle Royale and Save the World.

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Marauders have to be one of the worst parts of Fortnite Season 3 from a gameplay perspective. Most players hate them. They can completely ruin a solo game while wasting your resources in other game modes. Last week, we covered why we think they have no place in competitive Fortnite, regardless of their implications on the story.

Despite this, most players agree that Marauders have to have something to do with the Fortnite Chapter 2 story. They spawn from Rifts in the sky, which is the first time that we’ve seen Rifts anywhere in Chapter 2. To many, they seem a bit like the Chapter 2 equivalent of The Enforcers, who didn’t do much outside of invading the Motel in a loading screen.

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The Rift isn’t the only unique item that the Marauders have at their disposal. They’re also the only source of Stink Bombs in the game, which could be one of the reasons that Epic keep them in competitive modes.

They, surely, have a significant role in the storyline – at least, we hope. YouTuber TheSmithPlays made a video that touched on the topic. In the video, he covers the story of Drift and how the alternate versions of this character point to other realities. He also draws our attention to the Marauders, and who’s behind the masks.

(Topic starts at 6:36)

In a separate video, TheSmithPlays comes to the conclusion that Battle Royale is a simulation, created and owned by the characters in Save the World. When you look behind the masks of the Marauders, you find other Save the World characters.

This isn’t just Epic reusing assets, as they could have chosen any skin that already exists in the Battle Royale universe. Why choose characters that are exclusive to Save the World? It’s not likely that this is a coincidence.

Via: u/ThatPumpkinHook

TheSmithPlays presents two conclusions in his video: that these characters are working for the owner of the simulation or that they are independent members of Save the World who came to Battle Royale after the apocolypse.

Both theories are interesting, and we’d guess that the former has a better chance of coming true. At the same time, we’re inclined to lean towards neither of these theories being exactly right. There are some missing pieces that Epic still need to give us in order for us to understand them better.

Hopefully, we’ll know more about the Marauders by the end of Fortnite Season 3. If the end of Season 2 was any indentation, though, we’ll only be left with more questions than answers.

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Fortnite Item Shop leak reveals Aquaman Villain

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New leaks hint at Aquaman villain Black Manta coming to Fortnite’s Item Shop in Season 3.

Epic Games has introduced many new changes following the release of Fortnite’s long-awaited Season 3, with new weapons, a flooded map and even Aquaman being added as a character in the popular battle royale.

However, it seems as if there are even more characters from the DC universe on the way, after new leaked game files were found. According to Hypex, Aquaman’s Villain Black Manta will also be added to Fortnite in Season 3.

Unlike Aquaman’s skin, which will be available through the battle pass challenges, Hypex revealed that Black Manta’s skin and the ‘Black Manta Blades’ pickaxe will be added to the Item Shop.

The DC Villain is expected to arrive in Fortnite’s Item Shop on Thursday, June 16 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET / 4 PM BST/ 5 PM CEST.

While an early look at the new skin and blades has not yet been revealed, it will likely look quite similar to how the character was portrayed in the Aquaman movie.

With the upcoming release of this new character and rumors swirling about a potential Atlantis point-of-interest being added in Season 3, it is possible that Black Manta could play a role in some of the upcoming changes leading into the next season.

The Atlantis location is expected to arrive once the water level has decreased enough, and the final stage of the map has already been revealed by leakers.

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Fortnite v13.20 Update patch notes

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It’s a new week, and that means that there’s a fresh update for us all to enjoy, as the Fortnite v12.30 patch goes live on all platforms on Tuesday, June 30, introducing a new weapon and a major change to an existing item.

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 3 has been live for a few weeks, and while the first major update of the season made sweeping changes to the game, Epic haven’t sat on their hands, dropping the 13.10 update to add Firefly Jars, and a second patch on June 30.

The Flare Gun and Portable Upgrade Benches are the major inclusions in this week’s patch, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new items.

Flare Gun

Epic love to include new weapons for us to try out, and the v13.20 Update is no exception, with the Flare Gun finally making it’s long-awaited debut in the game.

The weapon, which holds six cartridges and deals 60 damage on a direct hit, was first spotted in the game’s files all the way back in Chapter 1, but for one reason or another never made it to the full game. Finally, though, it’s arrived, and with its ability to start fires, it is the perfect way to burn through enemy structures and send them back to the pre-game lobby.

The Flare Gun is the latest weapon added to Fortnite.

Portable Upgrade Bench

The other major change is the to the Upgrade Bench, which can now be broken and carried around to be used whenever you need it.

Simply hit it with your harvesting tool and it will transform into floor loot, which you can pick up and place in your inventory.

The Upgrade Bench can now be broken.

Bug fixes

Of course, no Fortnite update is complete without some bug fixes, and we have a full list of glitches addressed by Epic thanks to their official Trello board.

General

  • ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
  • Missing styles for the Specialist Pickaxe and Arroyo Pack Back Bling.
  • Rage Emote fire effect remaining on/near players.
  • Sandstorm Outfit missing hair.

Battle Royale

  • Party Assist Update
  • Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
  • Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match.
  • Fall damage from Ziplines while landing in shallow water.
  • Epic & Legendary SMGs sometimes cannot be sidegraded.
  • Damaging Marauders counting towards storm surge.
  • Chug Splash does not heal when thrown inside of a bush.
  • Supply Drops may sometimes push loot under the map.

Creative Mode

  • Consumable items don’t stay in Item Spawn Pads in Creative on mobile.
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