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Epic Games makes massive change to the beloved Team Rumble mode

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Epic Games has begun work on changing up Fortnite’s gameplay landscape right away as they return to the office. Team Rumble received a big change on July 10 that might make some players unhappy.

Fortnite’s community is so immense that it naturally has splintered into many subgroups who all have different interests. You’ve got your competitive players, casual players, ‘pub-stompers’, challenge focused players, and the Team Rumble crowd (plus a dozen more divisions).

Epic Games has decided to hit the Team Rumble fans with a sudden update. We’re not sure what prompted this change and why it was needed, but it might make some fans upset due to the radical difference in match length.

Team Rumble Win Condition set back to 100 kills

Faster games mean less kills to go around

Team Rumble is a unique game mode in Fortnite that attracts both challenge completion seekers and players who want a respawn oriented Fortnite. We certainly enjoy both aspects of the game mode and play a few rounds daily to keep our shots warm.

The last update came back in April with improved end games, better loot, tons of bug fixes, and more. It was well received by fans and helped make the mode into a solid choice for ‘real’ gameplay.

Epic Games has decided that game mode has gotten stale again and needed a change to its old formula. Here’s what they had to say about the change to 100 kills, down from the typical 150.

We’ll have to argue against Epic’s decision here. Team Rumble matches are meant to last that nice 15-20 minutes depending on the ferocity of the two teams. TB players, we think, will find this to be an unnecessary change that increases downtime in between matches rather than speeding up the process.

Challenge seekers are also negatively effected by this. While location based Battle Stars or Fortbytes may not be impacted, elimination challenges will take longer to complete as matches end faster. Of course, if you are a slaying monster with the aim of Katniss, the change will barely hit you.

I guess Epic Games was seeing a data trend in super lengthy matches where many players simply aren’t playing OR the majority of the lobby leaves. We’ve experience this ourselves with some lobbies dropping to 6v6 or below.

While a lower kill limit might help a tiny bit, players will still leave without a care. A better solution would have to been to implement better rewards for winning/staying (more XP) or punish early leavers.

How do you feel about this sudden change to Team Rumble? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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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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Loserfruit Fortnite skin bundle: Leak and release date

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Loserfruit Fortnite skin

The next cosmetic item in Fortnite’s Icon series, this time for streamer Loserfruit, has been leaked, with the release date all but confirmed for June 21.

Following on from Ninja’s skin release earlier in the year, Loserfruit, one of the most popular Australian streamers, has been waiting on her skin coming to the game for months now.

Its initial launch was pushed back due to ongoing protests around the world, but it looks like it’s finally getting a proper release.

On June 21, a handful of leakers got their hands on the encrypted files for the skin, and accessed them, showcasing a full, high-quality look at the skin we’ll soon be able to rock in-game.

Featuring a replica of Loserfruit’s hoody with rainbow-colored arms, the arm portions light up spectacularly, and there is also a backpack that mirrors her own real-life version.

Loserfruit skin release date and price

The skin is set to release on June 21, now confirmed by Epic Games. Reliable data miner iFireMonkey says that a source has confirmed this date for the entire bundle.

The bundle includes a fruity pickaxe too, as well as the Bounce Berry emote.

The skin will be available at 8pm ET. It will cost 1,500 V-Bucks for just the skin, or 2,000 for the whole bundle.

Loserfruit herself is actually already rocking the skin in-game on her stream, thanks to exclusive access before the rest of us, so you can see it in action here.

We’ll keep you updated when the skin bundle is available to purchase in the item shop.

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