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Epic Games vs. Apple feud spells the end for ‘Save the World’ on Mac

The Apple vs. Epic Games fallout has now forced Epic to scrap Fortnite: Save the World on Mac.

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Users of Apple devices continue to be the casualty of the ongoing feud between the company and Epic Games, which has been brewing for the past month.

For those who aren’t aware of what’s been going on, you can take a look at a detailed synopsis here. In short, Epic have allowed players to purchase V-Bucks directly from them – bypassing the take of the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

Apple and Google have both removed Fortnite from their stores, but Android devices allow the use of third-party launchers where Apple devices do not. The result is that Android users can still play the most recent version of Fortnite while iOS and Mac users can’t.

At first, most of the focus was on the Battle Royale side of things. Mobile players using iOS devices couldn’t get the Season 4 update, which means that they were stuck in the past. They would be forced to play Season 3 indefinitely.

On September 17, however, Epic announced that the feud with Apple has resulted in their inability to develop ‘Save the World’ on Mac. On September 23, 2020, Fortnite Save the World will no longer be playable on Mac.

In the accompanying blog post, the development team told players that, “Apple is preventing Epic from signing games and patches for distribution on Mac, which ends our ability to develop and offer Fortnite: Save the World for the platform. Specifically, our upcoming v14.20 release will cause bugs for players on v13.40, resulting in a very poor experience.”

The team decided to cut their losses and offer refunds to any Mac player who purchased Save the World on their device. The same is true for any V-Buck purchases they made. “There’s no action needed on your part to receive the refund and you will retain any previously purchased V-Bucks and items on your account.”

Of course, this only affects MacOS players and no one else. Anyone who previously played on MacOS can pick up where they left off on another platform, if they so choose. “Players will still be able to play Save the World on PC, PlayStation and Xbox, and thanks to cross-progression, your Heroes, Schematics and everything else in your Homebase will automatically transfer across supported platforms,” Epic wrote in a blog post.

You will still be able to play the Battle Royale version of Fortnite on MacOS, but won’t be receiving updates until this issue is resolved. Hopefully, that’s sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, it looks like Epic and Apple are preparing for a long battle in court. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

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Fortnite update v14.40: what to expect

Here’s what to expect in the upcoming update: Fortnite v14.40.

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With Halloween around the corner and several clues pointing to an immanent update, the Fortnite community has circled October 21 as the release date of v14.40. As you can probably guess, this is set to be the update that will bring Forntitemares 2020 to the game.

Ahead, we’ll take a look at what we know about the upcoming update, including the bug fixes and what it means for Fortnitemares 2020.

Bug Fixes

Bug fixes are always a part of major Fortnite patches, and v14.40 is no different. In fact, one particular bug on this list is one of the reasons that we expect an update on October 21.

Doom’s Mystical Bomb is one of the only Mythic items in competitive Fortnite modes, but a bug has forced Epic to disable it in Arena and tournament play. We’re in the midst of the Season 4 FNCS, and Epic will almost certainly want to remedy this issue before another week of qualifiers passes.

Here are all of the bugs listed as “Fixed in next game update” on the Fortnite Community Issues Trello Board:

  • Honey Hitters Pickaxe disabled.
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble.
  • Doctor Doom’s Mystical Bomb temporarily disabled in competitive playlists.
  • Players without matchmaking permissions cannot access the Team Size setting. (Creative)
  • Sky color does not change when adjusting light color setting. (Creative)
  • Fog and lighting settings changed in Creative. (Creative)
  • Vehicle buttons missing. (Mobile)
  • Black textures on foil variants on Nintendo Switch. (Mobile)
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Fortnitemares 2020

Fortnitemares 2020 is the obvious change that the presumed v14.40 update will bring. If the update does bring Fortnitemares, this will be the earliest that we’ve seen a Fortnite Halloween update in three years.

We have a separate article covering all of our expectations for Fortnitemares 2020. You can find that here, but here are some quick bullet points that cover the leaks we’ve seen.

  • “Midas’ Revenge” theme
  • The return of Husks
  • Candy consumables
  • Rideable Broomsticks
  • New skins and cosmetics.

Fortnitemares will be a significant update, so we don’t expect too many meta shifts outside of that. Of course, we expect the Pumpkin Launcher to return – as it does every year.

We’ll keep you covered when the update goes live, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL to stay up to date with all of the latest developments.

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Fortnitemares 2020: what to expect

Fortnitemares should be coming any minute. Here’s what to expect.

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Fortnitemares 2020: what to expect

Halloween is ten days away, and gamers are eagerly awaiting what this means for Fortnite and the annual Fortnitemares event. This year, we’ve already seen several major components of the event leaked; including the theme, some map changes, and some skins that should be coming to the Item Shop.

Ahead, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know before the event comes to Fortnite. We expect to see Fortnitemares 202 kick off tomorrow, October 20, and will update you when we know more about the release date. For now, here’s what we know.

Midas’ Revenge

The most recent leak surrounding Fortnitemares 2020 was the theme of the event. The leak came to us from the official Russian Fortnite News Feed, which was also a clear sign that the update was imminent.

We’ve heard a lot about Midas returning for Fortnitemares, which all seems to be confirmed, for now. Based on these leaks, Midas should be returning to The Authority with some Ghost Henchmen. He’ll also, reportedly, be carrying a Gold Scar instead of his patented Drum Gun.

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Husks Returning

Another early Fortnitemares leak told us that the sound files for the Zombie Husk spawning cubes were updated. Naturally, when an asset like this is updated, it’s safe to assume that it will return to the game in the near future.

This is bad news for a lot of Fortnite players who don’t like the hordes of Zombie Husks destroying boxes and ruining low-ground late-games. At this point, we can only hope that the Husks are isolated to a single POI rather than randomly spawning all over the map for several weeks.

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New Items and Consumables

One of the bigger leaks coming out of the v14.30 update was the addition of Fortnitemares consumables and items to the game files. According to Hypex, Tabor Hill, and other leakers, rideable Broomsticks will be coming to Fortnite and should have similar mechanics to Glider Re-Deploy or Silver Surfer’s Surfboard.

On top of that, it looks like the vegetable and fruit boxes will be replaced with Halloween-themed tubs of candy. Each candy will, likely, have similar effects to the other consumables that are already in Fortnite.

Leaked Skins

Most of the leaked Halloween skins that were in the v14.30 update have already been released, but there were a few that slipped through the cracks. Two skins have text files with no images attached, suggesting they’ll come to Fortnitemares in the next update.

These skins are called “Fancy Kevin” and “Dancefloor Soldier,” and were leaked by data miners Mang0e and Hypex. Again, we don’t know what these skins look like, but here’s a concept of Fancy Kevin from artist @easkateconcepts on Twitter.

As far as another PvE mode, challenges, and everything else that past Fortnitemares have included; we’ll have to wait and see. We expect this update to hit Fortnite tomorrow morning, October 21. If this is the case, then 2020 will feature the longest Fortnitemares season in history – very on-brand for the season’s we’ve had this year.

Which part of Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge excites you the most? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Clix discovers a new way to Crash Pad into boxes in Fortnite

Popular Fortnite pro, Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, has found yet another way to get into an opponent’s box with a Crash Pad.

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Clix discovers new Fortnite Crash Pad Strategy

When Epic first released Crash Pads into core Fortnite modes, most players assumed that they were only good for preventing fall damage and rotating quickly. They came into the game around the same time as Helicopters and were seen as a way to prevent certain death in the event that your chopper got shot down.

At the time, Crash Pads weren’t in competitive modes. When they finally came to Arena, pro players started experimenting with them. It wasn’t long before players realized that you could use Crash Pads to phase into an opponent’s box.

After a while, pros got even more creative with Crash Pads – using them to assassinate opponents who were stacked above them in tournaments and scrimmages.

Players are still discovering new ways to use Crash Pads almost eight months after they came into Fortnite. Popular pro player, Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod, is credited with finding the latest Crash Pad strategy.

A clip of Clix using his new strategy gained popularity after the second week of FNCS qualifiers – during the October DreamHack EU tournament. It worked perfectly and culminated in a one-pump with a perfectly-timed “Suprise mothaf***a” subscriber alert.

Clix was in-game, so he set this up pretty quickly. Let’s break down how to do it: first of all, you’re targeting the box diagonally beneath you. Start by building a box with a roof above the box of which you want to get inside. Next, build yourself into a full box with a ramp below you. From there, all you need to do is throw a Crash Pad on the ramp. Voila! You’re in their box.

Reddit user, u/lukassandvik, completed the strategy in Creative Mode at a slower pace, making it easier to follow along.

You’ll probably need to practice this strategy a few times before you’re comfortable using it in-game. In our experience, players box-up for longer periods of time in tournaments when compared to regular Arena matches, so you might not always have the time to set this up if you’re not in a tournament lobby like Clix was.

Either way, this is a strong strategy to have in your arsenal in competitive Fortnite games. It works especially well in Solos, but you and a couple of teammates could try it in Trios. Now that you know what to do, get to Creative and start doing some reps.

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