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Epic Games to disallow stretched resolutions just before Fortnite World Cup

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Epic Games just released a statement on Competitive Fortnite changes and it seems they are intent on locking down the ‘stretched resolutions’ used by professional players…right before the World Cup.

Awhile ago, Fortnite competitive players discovered that the FOV for Fortnite could be altered using a stretched resolution. The image is stretched across your 16:9 aspect ratio screen, creating a much wider FOV for the player.

This gives numerous advantages like easier aiming and more surface area for the player to view.

The method has been used before in games without FOV settings such as the popular FPS game, Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The trick was quickly adopted by almost all competitive Fortnite players for that competitive edge.

An example of stretch resolution at work in Fortnite – via Frondtech

Even Ninja recently succumbed after saying that he would not like to do so.

Now, Epic Games, after months of players using stretched resolutions, have decided to stamp out the trend. Here’s their statement about the issue:

‘STRETCHED RESOLUTION’

‘In the near future, we will be updating how we handle custom resolutions on PC. When using a custom resolution, vertical FOV will be locked. Horizontal FOV will be unlocked in all modes, but in competitive playlists (e.g. Arena and in-game tournaments) we will be locking the aspect ratio to 16:9.’

What is Epic Games thinking? – via Epic Games

The change would have made perfect sense around a week or two after players discovered the method. It makes the viewing of the game sub-par and obviously goes against Epic’s vision of how they want their game to be played.

But, now? Right before the Fortnite World Cup event begin? That’s just poor timing. Pro players will have to completely relearn their aiming and vision control within days of the first events.

This is on top of the fact that players have been complaining other major issues with the game like astronomical queue time and the removal of siphoning from core modes.

It just seems like terrible timing for a decent design decision. If the change had come after the World Cup, it wouldn’t get have been too much of a problem. Now, pros will be up in arms as they must reconfigure setups once again.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?” A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

The Fortnite account has since deleted the tweets, but here’s a screenshot of all of them from iFireMonkey.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

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Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes

Predator

Fortnite Predator skin
Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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How to go invisible in Fortnite with Predator Cloak Device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite just a week after the character’s ship landed, and he’s brought a brand new weapon.

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale just a week after the character’s ship landed on the island, and he’s brought a brand new weapon – or ability – to the fight.

One of the most sought after abilities in Fortnite, pretty much since Day 1, has been finding ways to turn invisible. Out of sight for enemies, and handing yourself a huge advantage.

In the past, this has been achieved with exploits using previously added invisibility items, or just glitches that make players pretty much impossible to take down.

However, a legitimate way of doing that – for a limited time – is now in the game.

How to use Predator’s Cloak device in Fortnite

The first-look footage of the Predator Cloak Device shows that the process of actually using it is quite simple.

As seen below, in a post from HYPEX, all you have to do is activate it once you have stumbled upon one and you’ll instantly turn invisible.

This is not the first item to be added to Fortnite that turns players invisible, with Shadow Stones appearing in the past, though developers will be hoping the rollout of this ability doesn’t turn out to be as glitchy as those that have came before it.

Cloak Device stats

Not only do we know how it works already, but also the stats for it as well. It lasts 30 seconds and requires a cooldown each time of the same amount, seen below from HYPEX again.

Players can activate this, of course, though we’re now aware the NPC Predator can also do it. This is going to make the character slightly harder to defeat than others.

How to get Fortnite Predator Cloak Device

The Predator Device can be obtained by taking down Predator in-game, much like any other boss the game’s added during Season 5.

After visiting Predator’s location and striking the character down, it will drop the following, as well as ammo and Floppers.

That’s it! Now you know how to use the Predator Cloak Device, and it looks like it’s going to be quite tricky to get one in-game – especially if the NPC is using it to escape your gunfire!

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