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Epic Games ending Account Merge feature support soon

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The Account Merge feature allows players to combine two Fortnite accounts into a single account. Epic Games will be taking the feature offline in the near future.

Account merging was added to Fortnite to allow players to take two or more Fortnite accounts and meld them into a single account.

The feature has been dwindling in use and Epic Games has now decided that the time has come to end the service. Background data has probably shown very few players needing the feature anymore.

Account Merging Ending Soon

Account merging in Fortnite has allowed players to combine two accounts, but Epic Games has now announced that the feature will be coming to an end.

Players will have until May 6th, 2019 to submit a merge request. After that, the feature will be taken offline completely and no more request can be filed.

Epic Games has not stated why the feature will not be continued. We suspect that the use of the service is quite minimal nowadays as most players already use a single account across all platforms.

If you’ve never used the feature before, here’s how it works.

You head to Epic’s Account Merge website and select a primary account and a secondary account. The primary account will become the single account you own while the secondary accounts cosmetics and V-Bucks will be transferred to the primary.

The secondary account is permanently destroyed and only the primary account will remain.

The feature is useful for Xbox, Switch, or PS4 players that may have created a Fortnite profile without linking to their main account. This feature allows you to re-link the accounts and create a single Fortnite account across all platforms.

If you have not done so, we recommend submitting a request immediately so you do not forget.

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Epic delay Fortnite Season 3 & Device Event for the second 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.

Via: u/GAMERFORXI

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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How to make an underwater map work in Fortnite Season 3

“SpongeBob physics” might be the only way that an underwater map will work in Fortnite Season 3.

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Fortnite Season 3 is just over a week away, and rumors are swirling about what it will bring. It seems to be all but confirmed that a flood will overtake the map, which has fans equally exciting and worried.

An underwater map could be amazing or it could be awful. Swimming in Fortnite is notoriously inconsistent and annoying. All-water zones are the worst, and we can’t imagine a map that’s entirely comprised of the water physics from Seasons 1 and 2.

A Fortnite map that’s entirely underwater and forces players to swim all of the time would likely be a disaster. It would change the game far too much, and most players would probably be turned off after a couple of weeks – not to mention all of the bugs that would likely arise from this mechanic.

That’s why we’re predicting something different. We saw a post on Reddit from u/JjGuyy0 that perfectly illustrates what we think will happen when Season 3 comes out.

Instead of swimming and floating under the water, we’re predicting what JjGuyy0 calls, “SpongeBob physics.” Even if the crossover doesn’t happen, his presence can be felt through the gameplay.

What we mean by this is that players won’t float. Instead, the underwater part of the map will act like the normal map – as is the case in SpongeBob. Players will sink to the bottom and use new water-based vehicles to move around.

Via: u/JjGuyy0

We heard rumors about a shark vehicle, but the specifics from JjGuyy0 are only speculation. The mechanics of the islands make sense, however, and we expect to see something similar to what u/JjGuyy0 has proposed.

In our opinion, “SpongeBob physics” is the only way to make an underwater Fortnite map work. It will change little other than the aesthetics of the map, which will be a perfect breath of fresh air for the community. Let’s hope that we’re right.

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