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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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Spider-Man could be coming to Fortnite Season 4

New Fortnite leaks suggest that Spider-Man and Carnage could be making their way to the Fortnite Item Shop in Season 4.

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Fortnite Season 4 released yesterday, August 27, and fans are already looking forward to what this means for the future of Fortnite skins. We already have a ton of fan-favorite Marvel heroes in the game – Wolverine, Captain America, Thor, Groot, and many others. There’s space for a lot more, however.

One of the most noteworthy exclusions was Spider-Man – arguably, the most popular Marvel hero of all time. Will Spider-Man be coming to Fortnite Season 4?

The early leaks point to: yes. It seems logical for Epic to add Spider-Man to the game – especially considering their cozy relationship with Sony, who owns the rights to Spidey’s likeness in video games. According to multiple data miners, there are strings for a Spider-Man achievement in the game files.

Unlike Black Panther – who has a leaked set of abilities and new POI attached to him – it seems like Spider-Man will be coming to the Item Shop rather than to the Battle Pass.

ShiinaBR, a fellow Fortnite data miner, expanded on this news. He included that Carnage – a popular Spider-Man villain – will likely accompany your friendly neighborhood hero when he eventually makes it to the Item Shop.

Spider-Man could prove to be one of the more popular male Fortnite skins when he comes out. The typical character model for Spider-Man is inherently lean, which will lead to more competitive players using him. This is the same reason that the Chaos Agent gets so much use in competitive matches. Smaller character models are always more popular.

Either way, Spider-Man fans will be happy to learn that their favorite hero didn’t get left out of the Fortnite Marvel crossover. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about this skin and potential set, including Carnage and more Spider-Man cosmetics. This is only a rumor, for now.

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Fortnite theory: Season 4 will close Chapter 2

Will Thor and Galactus return Fortnite players to the Chapter 1 map at the end of Season 4.

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Fortnite Season 4 is set to release Thursday, August 27. Epic have confirmed that the next season will feature a strong Marvel theme, which seems to mirror the theme of Chapter 1 Season 4 – only with licensed superheroes.

The initial impression of many fans was that Epic abandoned the plot of Fortnite in favor of a marketing campaign. This narrative made it all the way to Epic Games Creative Director, Donald Mustard. He assured fans that this wasn’t the case and that the Marvel crossover would heavily tie into the Fortnite lore.

Epic and Marvel appear to be collaborating on a comic book that will usher-in Season 4. At the time of writing, we know that Galactus is heading to the Fortnite map with the intention of devouring the world. Thor has arrived in time to warn the inhabitants, but he’s losing his memory in the process.

From what we heard in the Visitor Recordings, this seems to be a symptom of life on the BR island. “When I hear this again, will it help me remember? Or will I be just as muted as the others?”

Before the most recent pages released, YouTuber and Twitch streamer Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan released a theory video. In the video, he proposes the idea that Fortnite Season 4 will be the final – or second-to-last – season of Chapter 2. These recent developments only add credibility to this theory.

The idea behind this theory is clear once you read through the comic book pages in Fortnite. Galactus is coming to devour the world. Thor doesn’t seem to be here to save the world, but rather to warn the inhabitants. All signs point to Thor evacuating the island in time for Galactus to consume the Chapter 2 map.

The timing of this being the end of Chapter 2 checks out as well. We’ve only had four seasons, but the first two seasons were nearly twice as long as normal Fortnite seasons. In essence, it’s as if we’ve been through five seasons rather than three, as Sypher states in his video. The rumored end date for Season 4 also puts it about a year from the end of Chapter 1.

Will we transport to an entirely new map? Will Thor send us back to the Chapter 1 map? We have no idea. Right now, though, this seems like the most realistic theory for the end of Fortnite Season 4 – that it will be the last season of Chapter 2.

Most fans hope that we’ll return to the old map at some point, and the presence of these massive, cosmic Marvel characters makes this reality seem to be coming sooner rather than later. We’ll have to wait a couple of months before finding out, of course.

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Why do fans think Fortnite X Thor is the next crossover?

The Avengers continue to invade Fortnite.

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Recently, rumors have been swirling that Thor will be coming to Fortnite as the next in-game crossover. No, we’re not talking about Relaxed Fit Jonesy, who bears a striking similarity to both Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski and Thor from Avengers: Endgame. We’re talking about the real deal.

Recent rumors of a Thor crossover began on July 4, when Epic released their trailer for Captain America. When Cap landed, there was a noticeable marking on the ground, behind him. This rune looked an awful lot like the mark that The Bifröst leaves behind when Thor enters a scene.

This is only a small detail from a Fortnite trailer – and doesn’t mean very much in isolation. More recently, however, we saw a few more leaks that point to Thor’s potential inclusion in Fortnite.

The first leak relates to The Bifröst and the markings you see, above. A new “HighTower” event has been found in the game files, which is meant to kick off with a growing rift in the sky and strange markings around the map. Like the Captain America trailer, these markings look a lot like something that The Bifröst would create.

This could be a coincidence – something that has more to do with the Fortnite story than a hint to a Thor crossover. It’s not the only clue that we have, however.

In v13.40, data miners also found mention of readable comic books coming to Fortnite. Hypex was able to match some of the blurry in-game images to a real-life Marvel comic. The subject of that comic? You guessed it: Thor.

When you combine all of this news with the recent announcement of the promotional deal with the Avengers video game, it seems all but certain that Thor will be coming to Fortnite.

This is everything we have, for now. It might not be concrete evidence, but these are some strong hints. Will Thor be the catalyst to usher-in Season 4? We don’t know, just yet, but it’s safe to assume that he’ll be the Season 4 “secret” skin, at the very least.

Marvel fans will be happy to see Thor come to Fortnite – he was one of the core Avengers who was missing during the original Marvel crossovers. Classic Fortnite fans may be a bit disappointed, but additions like this one show how much Fortnite has grown. This is a shared universe where all of our favorite characters can come to play. We’re excited to see where Epic take this.

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