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Epic reportedly remove skill-based matchmaking in Squads

Reports have it that Epic Games have removed skill-based matchmaking from Squads in Fortnite.

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Epic introduced skill-based matchmaking at the end of Season X and into Chapter 2 Season 1. They rolled it out slowly, bringing it to Solos, then Duos, then Squads.

The majority of players who spoke out about skill-based matchmaking were strongly against it. The system made games far more difficult for a lot of people. If you weren’t trying your hardest, you weren’t going to last.

The system wasn’t for these players, however. It was for the noobies who don’t want to have their confidence smashed into a million pieces. Epic didn’t want experienced players to bully new players and make them want to quit.

The skill-based matchmaking complaints appeared to fall on deaf ears. Epic’s methodology behind SBMM was understandable, and it seemed like they cared more about acquiring new players than keeping their old-timers happy.

Recently, however, Epic seem to be throwing every positive change at us that they can. They brought back a form of patch notes, nerfed the Heavy Sniper, released a competitive roadmap, and even tried to address some aim assist issues.

One of these positive changes appears to be the removal of skill-based matchmaking in Squads. We didn’t hear any official word of this, but people like SypherPK, Tfue, Ali-A, and more are saying that the feature is gone.

The evidence for this shift is anecdotal but seems solid. These streamers and pro players are running into people who don’t build, which never happened within the SBMM feature.

Other battle royale titles like Apex Legends and Warzone still use this system. In one of his videos, Sypher used this as the primary reason that he doesn’t play Apex anymore, and why he thinks streamers like Courage and TimTheTatMan stopped playing Fortnite.

We’ll have to wait and see if Epic continue to remove SBMM in unranked Fortnite modes. The bulk of the hardcore players would be ecstatic if they did.

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Fortnite Crew subscription could be getting some huge upgrades

Fortnite Crew subscribers could be in for some massive updates soon, including potential access to streaming services.

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A new Epic Games survey reveals some possible upgrades for the Fortnite Crew subscription, including bundles with streaming services, Save the World rewards, and more.

The Fortnite Crew subscription was introduced at the beginning of Chapter 2 Season 5 and has been a relative hit ever since. Most regular Fortnite players find that the value of the Battle Pass, a skin, and 1,000 V-Bucks justifies the $11.99 price tag – at least once per season.

Epic aren’t ending things here, though. A recent survey sent to some Crew subscribers reveals future plans that Epic have for their new subscriptions service.

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The aforementioned survey included questions about previous Crew bundles along with an inquiry about additional features that players want to see. Among these options were Save the World rewards, extra cosmetics or currency, and bundles with streaming services.

The last option might be the most interesting of the bunch. Epic have already partnered with Disney+, giving players two months of the service for free with any Fortnite purchase. With this new idea, there could be a world where Fortnite Crew subscribers get a free Disney+, Hulu, or Netflix subscription with their Fortnite bundle.

We don’t know how likely this is to happen or when it could roll out, but the survey makes it clear that something of the sort is already on Epic’s radar and is, at least, possible.

It’s good to know that Epic are continuing to evolve the Crew pack as the year goes on. By the end of 2021, Crew subscribers could get content for other games, STW rewards, special offers, or access to a premium streaming service.

We’ll keep you posted if/when any of these changes are announced by Epic. Until then, follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you never miss out on any of the latest Fortnite news.

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Fortnite X Batman comic confirms Season 6 Deathstroke skin

The cover art for a new Fortnite X Batman comic reveals a new character coming to Fortnite Season 6: Deathstroke.

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Fortnite Season 6 hasn’t done away with the crossovers. Rumors have it that Deathstroke will be the next DC character folded into the Fortnite universe.

Fortnite has transcended video games in a number of ways. You can already see characters playing Fortnite in film and TV, but now you can see the characters of the game in the comic book medium.

Epic Games have a longstanding partnership with DC Comics. We’ve had several DC characters enter Fortnite, but now we’re seeing the reverse happen – Fortnite characters are entering DC Comics.

DC and Epic have partnered on a new comic book series, bringing the two worlds together.

Not all of the comics have been released at the time of writing. Some of them have, though, and have already given us some information about what will come to Fortnite. For instance, one of the comics revealed new Batman skins and a Batcave POI hitting the island.

Now, the cover art for the fourth installment of the comic shows a character we’ve never seen in Fortnite before: Deathstroke. As data miner ShiinaBR previously leaked, this is almost certainly a future Fortnite X DC crossover skin.

We expect to see this character enter Fortnite during Season 6. Epic could even include a Deathstroke tournament, giving players the chance to earn the skin for free. They’ve already done this with several crossover skins in the past, including The Flash.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about this potential crossover skin. For now, it seems far more likely than not that we’re going to see Deathstroke in Season 6.

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Did The Rock just tease a Fortnite Season 6 collab?

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s cryptic Instagram video has led fans to speculate that he will be a part of Fortnite Season 6’s Foundation.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posted a cryptic video to his Instagram page, potentially hinting at a crossover in Fortnite Season 6.

Fortnite Season 6 is less than a week old, but fans are already wondering what surprises are in store for the latest Fortnite season.

In Season 5, Epic went all-in with their crossovers, bringing in characters from film, TV, and other video game franchises. It’s still too early to tell if Season 6 will follow the same path.

We might be past the bounty hunters of Season 5, but that doesn’t mean that the collaborations have ended. Fortnite fans saw a video that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson posted to his Instagram page that they think hints at a link between the entertainment legend and Fortnite’s new Foundation character.

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The Rock posted a video on March 16, the same day that Season 6 released. In the video, he said that it was a “big day” for him and a certain community. “There’s connective tissue between that world and my world,” he told his followers.

“This is all done to strengthen and evolve and grow the power and the force known as ‘The Foundation,'” he said before giving his signature single-eyebrow lift to the camera.

As fans of Fortnite lore know, The Foundation was the character who was introduced during the Season 6 cinematic trailer. He is, undoubtedly, the leader or the founder of The Seven.

We don’t know whether to assume that this post means that The Rock is The Foundation character or if he’ll play another member of The Seven. The video is cryptic, so it’s hard to tell exactly what it means.

Data miners have, reportedly, also found a file with the name ‘DJ’ underneath The Foundation in the Season 6 game files. This could, of course, be a reference to Dwayne Johnson’s initials.

We still have no idea what this post could mean. It could be a coincidence, a red herring, or a legitimate teaser for a future crossover.

That’s all we know for sure, but we’ll keep you updated when we hear more teasers, speculation, or official word from Epic Games.

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